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Achieving Privacy in the Age of Analytics 

A National Forum on Web Privacy and Web Analytics is an IMLS-funded, community-fueled effort to shape a better analytics practice that protects our users’ privacy from unwanted third-party tracking and targeting.


The Privacy Forum was held September 2018 in Bozeman, Montana, where 40 librarians, technologists, and privacy researchers collaborated in producing a practical roadmapfor enhancing our analytics practice in support of privacy.Read more about the Forum.

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notes imageAnalytics Dashboard

A simple, lightweight analytics framework and dashboard to show only necessary data points.

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notes imagePrivacy Badging

A Privacy Certification System to establish stratified data privacy standards for libraries and their information vendors.

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notes imageToolkit for Values-Based Assessment

Tools and best practices for implementing ethical and user-conscious assessment

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notes imagePrivacy Research Institute

A research institute to create evidence-based privacy advocacy

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notes imagePrivacy Leadership Training

A privacy-focused training module that can be integrated with established leadership institutes 

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notes imagePrivacy Policy Workshop Series

Professional development workshops for writing and implementing library privacy policies.

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notes imageTribal Communities

Education and outreach to tribal colleges and universities, tribal youth organization, and Indigenous languages organizations.

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notes imageModel License for Vendor Contracts

Developing model license language that would support libraries in advocating for user privacy when contracting for services and content.

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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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