Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Postponing May #publibchat on Fines

I am sorry to say that I am going to have to reschedule the May #publibchat on public library fines and fees. I have recently lost my father, have been handling all of the necessities, and have been giving myself time to grieve. As such, I am not fully prepared for this chat and had hoped for this discussion and related resources to be valuable for our chatters.

I apologize for the inconvenience and hope to announce a new date for this chat soon. Now more than ever, I could use the help of anyone interested in volunteering to help moderate a chat or suggest upcoming topics for a chat. Please don't be shy! :)

Thank you for your understanding and for all that you are doing to help your communities. I am truly looking forward to a little more normalcy after my loss and to discussing this and other topics with you.

Katelyn Patterson, @radicalibrarian

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May #publibchat: Fines and Fees

Is it time to rethink fines and fees at your public library? Join us to discuss and learn from others experience!

Do you have experience in rethinking or eliminating fines and fees? Please consider being a co-moderator for this month's #publibchat! Contact @radicalibrarian on Twitter!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Resources for April #publibchat on privacy, moderated by Alison Macrina

Check out this wonderful list of resources for our April #publibchat on privacy from our moderator Alison Macrina!

Privacy Resources
Build a Better Monster: Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance http://idlewords.com/talks/build_a_better_monster.htm
The Great Data Sale https://thebaffler.com/latest/digital-privacy-fcc-crockford
What Individuals Should Do Now That Congress Has Obliterated the FCC's Privacy Protections https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-future/what-individuals-should-do-now-congress-has-obliterated-fccs-privacy-protections
Library Freedom Project resources: libraryfreedomproject.org/resources
EFF’s Introduction to Threat Modeling: https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/introduction-threat-modeling
Tor browser bundle: https://www.torproject.org/projects/torbrowser.html.en
DuckDuckGo: https://duckduckgo.com/
NoScript: http://noscript.net/
Privacy Badger: https://www.eff.org/privacybadger
EFF’s Let’s Encrypt: https://letsencrypt.org/
Certbot: https://certbot.eff.org/
What Every Librarian Needs to Know About HTTPS:https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/05/what-every-librarian-needs-know-about-https
Tor and HTTPS: https://www.eff.org/pages/tor-and-https
KeePassX: https://www.keepassx.org/
1Password: https://agilebits.com/onepassword
LastPass: https://www.lastpass.com/
EFF’s word list: https://www.eff.org/files/2016/07/18/eff_large_wordlist.txt
Yubikey: https://www.yubico.com/
Setting up Yubikey in static password mode: https://www.yubico.com/products/services-software/personalization-tools/
The Guardian Project: https://guardianproject.info/
Signal: https://whispersystems.org/
ALA Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/library-privacy-guidelines-e-book-lending-and-digital-content-vendors
ALA Library Privacy Guidelines for Public Access Computers and Networks:
ALA Library Privacy Guidelines for Library Websites, OPACs, and Discovery Services: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/library-privacy-guidelines-library-websites-opacs-and-discovery-services
ALA Library Privacy Guidelines for Library Management Systems:
ALA Library Privacy Guidelines for Data Exchange Between Networked Devices and Services: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/library-privacy-guidelines-data-exchange-between-networked-devices-and-services
ALA Library Privacy Guidelines for Students in K-12 Schools:
Surveillance self-defense from EFF: https://ssd.eff.org/

Make sure to join the discussion on Thursday night!

Questions for April's #publibchat on privacy with Alison Macrina

Don't forget to join in the discussion this Thursday night, April 27th!

Here are the questions from our moderator, Alison Macrina of Library Freedom Project.

Q1 What privacy resources are you offering in your library? This could be trainings, software, policies, or something else.
Q2 What would it take to make you/your library more successful in implementing privacy practices?
Q3 What are your biggest privacy concerns?
Q4 What privacy questions do you have? Are you curious about a particular tool? A news story? Worried about the broad effects of surveillance capitalism? Let's chat!

And stay tuned for an excellent list of resources Alison created for us!!

Please join in! RT and share widely!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April #publibchat: Privacy, moderated by Alison Macrina

I am very excited to announce that our April #publibchat will be all about privacy, just ahead of ALA's Choose Privacy Week in early May. Even more exciting is that Alison Macrina (@flexlibris) of the Library Freedom Project will be moderating our chat! Alison is a librarian, internet activist, founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, and a core contributor to The Tor Project. Library Freedom Project is a partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys, and privacy advocates which aims to address the problems of surveillance by making real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries.

Please join in on Thursday, April 27th at at 9pm ET / 8 CT / 7 MT / 6 PT to discuss the public library's role in privacy and how we can protect our patrons.

This is a chat not to miss! Please share widely and join us for the discussion.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March #publibchat Storify: Tax Season Services and Resources

For those that couldn't make it, we had a small but awesome crowd for tonight's chat on Tax Season services and resources. Make sure to check out the end of the chat where I shared lots of #saveMLS action items.