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Workshop Name: Library Privacy and Confidentiality:  Law and Policy - ONLINE TUTORIAL
Workshop Date:

Available Anytime

Workshop Time: Available Anytime
Workshop Location: You will take this course from your own desktop computer

Workshop Instructor:

Library Education @ Your Desktop - University of North Texas

Dr. Herman L. Totten

Workshop Description:


















Threatening emails have been sent, and the authorities have traced them back to public computers at your library. The police are now standing in your office, asking to see records of who has used the computers so they can obtain evidence against a potentially dangerous criminal.

The FBI is demanding that you turn over circulation records so they can see which books suspected terrorists have been reading. Citing the USA Patriot Act of 2001, they insist that the records must be shown to them.

Would your library know how to handle these situations?

Librarians have historically fought to protect the privacy of library users. Now, a precarious balance and sometimes ambiguous relationship exists between privacy rights and laws relating to public information.

Library Privacy and Confidentiality: Law and Policy addresses some of these sticky situations and will help you prepare for the eventuality that you may face some day when you have to decide between individual privacy and law enforecement.


After completing this course, you should know:

  • when and if you are required to release library user information
  • how to respond to inquiries from law enforcement agents
  • how to respond to inquiries from the press
  • the implications the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution has on privacy
  • the effects of the recent USA PATRIOT Act on privacy rights of library users


    The course addresses these issues and more in a web-based course designed to take about 1 1/2 hours to complete. It contains multimedia elements, external links, pre- and post-tests, and course evaluation modules.
Workshop Certification: No special certifications are associated with this workshop.
CEU Credits:
How to Register:

E-mail: sburton@kcmlin.org
Fax: (816) 461-0966
Phone: (816) 521-7257

Click here for registration form

How This Works:


When your registration has been processed for this class, you will be sent a course code by email.  You will also receive login and course code information so that you may take the course at the time that works best for you.

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Workshop Costs:

KC Trains/KCMLIN Member:  $15.00

Non KC Trains/KCMLIN Member:  $17.50

Refund & Credit Policy:


Refund & Credit Policy:

Full refunds or credits are available for cancellations made a minimum of seven days prior to the workshop minus a $5.00 administrative fee.

You can transfer to another workshop a minimum of seven days before the workshop with no administrative fee.

Cancellations made less than seven days prior to a workshop receive no refunds or credits.

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Last Updated 6/12/07