Technology and Innovation
Concerning social aspects of technology and implications for use, this panel presentation will present context and strategies for incorporating data ethics and privacy into “library instruction” sessions. As Internet technologies are increasingly a part of daily life - be it through social interactions, classroom instruction, government business, or household products - an individual’s awareness of the amount of personal data that is exchanged with those systems is often minimal, at best. As various groups like Documenting the Now and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have noted, this kind of information gathering - in some cases, surveillance via social media - can have detrimental effects on communities of color and other vulnerable groups.
As librarians, we seek to build critical analysis skills among our communities, yet we often overlook these interactions as opportunities for engagement. Librarians who engage with data information literacy instruction often do so from a research data producer perspective, rather than considering the whole data production landscape. Even when we may have the foundational knowledge to challenge society’s willingness to part with personal data so invisibly, topics of data ethics and privacy are not often incorporated into information literacy instruction.
This session will propose effective strategies for building this content into foundational information literacy instruction or outreach events and will facilitate discussion with attendees on how to take these strategies back to their institutions after the conference.