Privacy Literacy and Data Ethics

Explore data ethics, digital privacy, and the academic librarian’s role in educating and advocating for undergraduate students relating to these topics in this five-part workshop series.  The goal of this series is to educate librarians on data ethics and privacy literacy, encourage discussion, and facilitate future collaborations.

Sessions are related, but attendance in every session is not required.

Data Privacy on a Computer

Oct 6: Data and Privacy Ethics

October 6, 2021, 12 – 1 PM ET.

We will begin with a broad overview of data ethics and particularly what these mean during our increasing reliance on digital tools, often from third-party companies.

This will include looking at how companies, institutions, and individuals choose to collect and use personal data, as well as ways to educate students in collecting and using data ethically. We will also look at power dynamics and the inherently biased system of data collection and use.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will examine how data ethics relates to privacy and librarianship
  • Participants will define their own ethics in regards to data with an understanding of how it relates to their work
  • Participants will identify potential ethical concerns relating to data and privacy for both librarians and patrons.

Presenter: Emily Zoe Mann is the student success librarian at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus. She serves as the liaison to Social Sciences, English, Graphic Arts, and Anthropology. Her research areas focus on data literacy and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has presented nationally and internationally on data literacy. In her spare time, she enjoys dogs and the beach.

Presenter: Alexandrea Glenn is currently the Student Success Librarian at the University of Florida. Alexandrea graduated from Wayne State University with an MLIS and a certificate in Information Management. Her research interests include information literacy, privacy/data literacy, and student engagement/outreach. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, hanging with her cats (not at the same time), and traveling.

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Oct 13: Online Education, Privacy, & Students Rights

October 13, 2021, 12 – 1 PM ET.

During this session, we will explore student privacy related to online instruction and digital learning. With the swift transition to fully remote online teaching and learning with COVID-19, many of the existing problems with student agency and data were magnified, as exemplified by the backlash against online proctoring. We will look at the privacy cost of online learning through the requirement of third-party technologies such as the learning management system and video conferencing software, explore student perspectives on privacy issues, and provide recommendations for library professionals to advocate for student privacy in distance learning environments

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify student privacy issues and perspectives in online education
  • Discuss online education through a privacy-minded lens
  • Provide strategies and tools for supporting & advocating for students

Presenter: Lindsey Wharton serves as the Extended Campus & Distance Services Librarian at Florida State University and is responsible for ensuring equitable access to library resources and services for online and off-campus users. Additionally, she serves as the liaison to the College of Social Work, coordinates distance library services and library integrations in the learning management system, and contributes to campus-wide OER and affordability initiatives. Her research interests include distance learning & libraries, open & affordable education resources, and privacy & critical information literacy.

Presenter: Stephanie A. Jacobs is a Blended Instructional Design Librarian at the University of South Florida, where she partners with fellow librarians, faculty members, and others to bring a visual approach to information literacy instruction through the creation of instructional videos, online learning objects, and web-based library instruction. Her research interests include emerging technology for information literacy instruction, privacy issues, student engagement & interaction, educational design, and communication dynamics.

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Oct 20: What Libraries Collect

October 20, 2021, 12 – 1 PM ET.

Libraries collect vast amounts of data, both as a side-effect of our daily services and when we conduct research or assessments. At the same time that we educate library patrons on privacy and data ethics in their daily lives, it is incumbent upon library workers to collect, store, and use data ethically, and with particular attention to patrons’ privacy.

In this interactive webinar, we will explore the types of data our institutions collect, examine how we protect these data, and interrogate how we use data ethically to improve services without causing harm to our patrons.

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will become aware of the various types of data collected within their library.
  • Participants will interrogate how those data are being used.
  • Participants will consider how those data are stored.

Presenter: Adam Beauchamp is a Humanities Librarian at Florida State University Libraries serving as liaison to the departments of History, Philosophy, and Religion. His responsibilities include research support, information literacy instruction, and collection development in these disciplines. Adam’s current research interests include critical pedagogy, ethical assessment and research in libraries, and the historical relationship of archives and libraries to colonialism.

Presenter: Sara Gonzalez is the Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Visualization Librarian and Associate Chair at the Marston Science Library at the University of Florida. Her research interests include emerging technologies in education and libraries, modeling and visualization of 3D data, and scientific literacy instruction.

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Oct. 27: Who’s Afraid of Privacy Literacy? Classroom-ready Strategies for Theory-informed Teaching

October 27, 2021, 12 – 1 PM ET.

One of the primary barriers librarians face when approaching privacy literacy work is time – both time to build their own knowledge about privacy, as well as time to implement privacy literacy in instruction sessions and programming.

In this interactive webinar, participants will explore privacy literacy learning objects to suit a range of classroom contexts and learn how they are informed by theory and critique. Presenters will share their curated privacy literacy toolkit of teaching materials, class-ready case studies, privacy research, and current awareness resources, along with lessons learned from their experiences developing and delivering a four-part privacy workshop series at their campus.

Participants will also receive a takeaway “Privacy Program Planning Guide” to develop privacy literacy programming tailored to their campus contexts.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Articulate the positive case for privacy by applying privacy theory
2. Engage in privacy literacy activities to experience the application of theory to teaching practice
3. Identify privacy literacy programming opportunities and prepare to create original learning activities/materials to implement in their local context

Register here for the live webinar or to have early access to the recording when it becomes available – all in this place! No need to register in a separate place for recording access.

Presenter: Alex Chisholm is a reference & instruction librarian at Penn State Berks, serving as the First Year Seminar Coordinator and liaising with the Science division programs. Her research focuses on privacy literacy, student engagement, and information literacy.

Presenter: Sarah Hartman-Caverly is a reference and instruction librarian at Penn State Berks, liaising with the Engineering, Business and Computing division, the Flemming CEED center for Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development, and the Berks Launchbox. Her independent scholarship examines the compatibility of human and machine autonomy from the perspective of intellectual freedom.

Together Sarah and Alex teach privacy literacy workshops, publish and present privacy scholarship, and co-curate the Digital Shred Privacy Literacy Toolkit.

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Nov 3: Data Ethics and Privacy Literacy Discussions

November 3, 2021, 12 – 1 PM ET.

Have questions and ideas after attending other sessions in this series? This wrap-up session will provide participants with an opportunity to network and form affinity groups relating to data ethics and privacy literacy. All panelists from the past series sessions will be in attendance and will create breakout rooms to allow for small group discussions relating to areas of interest.

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