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Title:The paradox of privacy: Revisiting a core library value in an age of big data and linked data
Author(s):Cowan, Scott R.; Campbell, D. Grant
Subject(s):Librarianship--Core Values
Librarianship--Theory and Practice
Library Profession
Abstract:Protecting user privacy and confidentiality is fundamental to the ethics and practice of librarianship, and such protection constitutes one of eleven values in the American Library Association’s “Core Values of Librarianship” (2004). This paper addresses the concerns of protecting privacy in the library as they relate to library users who are defining, exploring, and negotiating their sexual identities with the help of the library’s information, programming, and physical facilities. In so doing, we enlist the aid of Garret Keizer, who, in Privacy (2012), articulates a fresh theory of the concept in light of American social life in the twenty-first century. Using Keizer’s theory, we examine these concerns within the context of the rise of big data systems and social media on the one hand, and linked data and new cataloging standards on the other. In so doing, we suggest that linked data technologies, with their ability to lead searchers through selfdirected, open inquiry, are superior to big data technologies in the navigation of the paradox between openness and secrecy. In this way they offer a greater potential to support the needs of queer library users: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or questioning (LGBTQ).
Issue Date:2016
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 64 (3) Winter 2016: 492–511.
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89851
ISSN:0024-2594
DOI:10.1353/lib.2016.0006
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright (2016) Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-07


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