Libraries have embraced technologies such as ILS, security cameras and social media, along with patron conveniences such as self-check out, open hold shelves, and Internet computers. But do these conveniences jeopardize our core value of patron privacy–the right to read and develop ideas free from unwanted surveillance?

Join Teresa Doherty and Rebecca Lamb, members of the Virginia Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, for a virtual tour through library spaces. They will help you identify and address privacy and intellectual freedom issues that may be part of your library’s services and practices.

Attendees will learn how to:

Identify privacy and intellectual freedom issues in library spaces, circulation systems, social media, and more
Implement best practices for Intellectual Freedom issues
Protect their institution with policies and procedures
Advocate for patron privacy within their institution



Original broadcast February 19, 2019

Biography ~ Teresa Doherty
Teresa Doherty, MLIS, is the Assistant Head for Information Services and Teaching and Learning Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries in Richmond, Virginia. She manages the main service point in a busy 24-hour library, teaches information literacy to undergrads, provides quality control of the libraries’ chat and text service, and tweets on behalf of James Branch Cabell Library. She was a member of American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee from 2008-2018 and currently organizes the Virginia Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week display contest.

Rebecca Lamb, MLA, MLIS, is the Adult Services Librarian at Waynesboro Public Library in Waynesboro, Virginia, and has more than twenty years experience in museums and both public and academic libraries. She became involved in IF after receiving the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Scholarship to participate in their collaborative course on Intellectual Freedom & Censorship at the University of Illinois iSchool. Her IF low: censorship of the newspaper she edited in high school. Her IF high: winning the VLA Banned Books Week display contest–twice.