Posted by: char booth | 24 October 2007

as I was saying

OCLC just released “Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World”, a monster of an international survey-based report on socially networked information, privacy, and how information sharing affects libraries and patron services. I’m just delving into it, but it’s already obviously well worth the time if you’re at all interested in the libraries and electronic privacy question:

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To give you an idea of the scope of this document, here’s a quote from Nicolas Morin, which can be found on page 6-11:

“..expectations have been lowered in recent years as far as privacy is concerned;… in a trade-off for better services. I think libraries should take that evolution into account and, while continuing to adhere to strong privacy policies, be less shy in asking for and using personal information from patrons to be able to provide better online services to them.”

Exactly.


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