October 16-18 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A204 - Big Data, Libraries, & Privacy

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Andrew Weiss, Digital Services Librarian, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge

Weiss looks at the intersection of the world of big data and libraries, with a special emphasis on user privacy. The impetus for tracking and assessing students and users is the promise of better service. But what are the limitations of big data itself? What are the implications and limitations of assessing student performance in the library through big data tracking techniques? What negative impact to patron privacy occurs in the era of big data, and how do libraries protect it? What changes must be made to library privacy policies to better accommodate privacy and surveillance concerns? These and other issues are discussed.

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