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Achieving Privacy in the Age of Analytics 

A National Forum on Web Privacy and Web Analytics is an IMLS-funded project that aims to critically address library values and practices related to third-party tracking on the web.

This community-fueled effort will enable our profession to take important strides toward a better analytics practice that protects our users’ privacy from unwanted third-party tracking and targeting. Our goal is to produce a roadmapfor enhancing our analytics practice in support of privacy. Read the full grant proposal [PDF].


View our recent presentation at DLF Forum





When and where will the Forum be held?

On the campus of Montana State University in Bozeman, MT from September 12-14, 2018. This three-day event will be the centerpiece of the project. We will also hold satellite events and presentations at ALA Annual in June 2018, DLF Forum in October 2018, Code4Lib Conference in Spring 2019, and the CNI Meeting in April 2019.

How can I get involved?

To share your views and ideas on privacy and analytics in libraries, please complete our four-question library privacy survey. Responses will inform the work of this project.  

We also seek community input in-person at conferences throughout the upcoming year, including the 2018 DLF Forum, the Fall 2018 CNI Membership Meeting, the Spring 2019 CNI Membership Meeting, and the 2019 Code4Lib Conference.

What will the Forum produce?

The forum will support the development of new values-driven practices and tools for web analytics in libraries. Outputs include a white paper, environmental scan and literature review, an action handbook for practioners, and a final report that articulates a roadmap for enhancing our analytics practice in support of privacy.

Key Personnel

  • Project Director — Scott W. H. Young, User Experience & Assessment Librarian at Montana State University
  • Co-Director — Sara Mannheimer, Data Librarian at Montana State University
  • Co-Director — Jason A. Clark, Head of Special Collections and Library Informatics at Montana State University
  • Project Analyst — Lisa Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Forum Facilitator, Jacqueline Frank, Instruction & Technology Librarian at Montana State University




Project Sponsors


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This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through grant # LG-73-18-0100-18.The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. They advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. Their vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.

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