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C&CS Presents: If Not Us, Who? Privacy Literacy Instruction in Academic Libraries with Alex Chisholm and Sarah Hartman-Caverly

September 3, 2019

Connect and Communicate Presents

If Not Us, Who? Privacy Literacy Instruction in Academic Libraries

Presented by Alex Chisholm and Sarah Hartman-Caverly

September 27th at 12pm EST

Register here for the Zoom link 

Join us as Sarah and Alex showcase current privacy literacy instruction practices in academic libraries. They will feature activities from the librarian-led Privacy Workshop Series at Penn State Berks and encourage participants to adapt them to their communities’ needs. Participants will preview privacy literacy activities; access the facilitators’ privacy literacy toolkit featuring resources for future privacy literacy programming; gain working knowledge of contemporary privacy challenges and solutions to build professional self-efficacy; and leave inspired to engage in privacy literacy education or advocacy.  Sarah and Alex, who conduct ongoing research in this area, will frame these activities with emerging scholarship on intellectual freedom and privacy literacy practices in academic libraries. This session prepares librarians to answer the call for privacy education and advocacy articulated in Article VII, recently added to the Library Bill of Rights.

Presenter Biographies


Alexandria Chisholm is an Assistant Librarian at Penn State Berks and liaison to the campus’ first year experience program and science division. She has six years of reference and instruction experience at both private and public baccalaureate- and doctoral-degree granting institutions.  Her research focuses on information literacy, instructional design, and privacy literacy.

Sarah Hartman-Caverly is a reference and instruction librarian at Penn State Berks, where she liaises with Engineering, Business, and Computing programs.  Prior to her current appointment, Sarah was a reference and instruction librarian at a community college, and was an electronic resources manager and library system administrator in both community and small liberal arts college settings. Sarah’s research examines the compatibility of human and machine autonomy from the perspective of intellectual freedom. Recent contributions include “Version Control” (ACRL 2017), “Our ‘Special Obligation’: Library Assessment, Learning Analytics, and Intellectual Freedom” (ACRL 2018), and “Human Nature is Not a Machine: On Liberty, Attention Engineering, and Learning Analytics” (forthcoming Library Trends 2019).


As a reminder, Zoom link will be sent approximately 48 hours before the session. We will mute participants on entry into the Zoom room. Session will be recorded and available on YouTube after the session. As always, we will do our best to provide closed captioning during the session.

Thank you to PaLA and CRD for continuing to sponsor these sessions. If you would like to present with C&CS, please contact Erin Burns or any member of the C&CS team, located on the C&CS page:


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