In Librarians We Trust: Digital Privacy Literacy Learning in Libraries
Speaker: Dr. Mega Subramaniam
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Dr. Mega Subramaniam, an Associate Professor and the Co-Director of the Youth Experience (YX) Lab at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, will discuss how the University of Maryland developed resources and training that will empower patrons to develop safer digital privacy and security habits. Most Americans say that libraries can help them find reliable and trustworthy information. This implicit sense of trust the community has on library staff results in expectations that staff will be comfortable and responsible for helping patrons with varying backgrounds of digital literacy to complete everyday digital transactions at the library, including those that involve personally identifiable information. Through an IMLS-funded project researchers at the University of Maryland worked with library staff nationwide to develop resources and training that will empower patrons to develop safer digital privacy and security habits. In this talk, Dr. Subramaniam will share the major findings from this project – the challenges that library staff face as they assist patrons with their everyday digital transactions, and prototypes of resources that library trainers and staff can use to facilitate digital privacy literacy learning in the communities that they serve.
This event will be recorded, but the recording will only be available to registrants. Please register even if you do not plan to attend live in order to receive the recording.