Here’s a press release from the American Library Association (ALA) about Choose Privacy Week.
CHICAGO – In the past, privacy could be protected by closing a curtain, sealing a record, or simply choosing not to share one’s information. But in today’s digital environment, more and more of our personal information exists online, available and vulnerable to anyone with prying eyes and access to a computer. This makes individual control over one’s personal information a vital and compelling concern for Americans today.
The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom has established Choose Privacy Week, May 2-8, to help libraries work with their communities around these complicated but vital issues. Privacy has long been a cornerstone of library services in America and a freedom that librarians defend every day.
Choose Privacy Week invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives individuals the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy.
“People today are disclosing personal information more than ever, often without an opportunity to consider how that information is being used or by whom,” said ALA President Camila Alire. “Privacy has emerged as a complex, important issue that Americans must grapple with daily. It is also a fundamental right, and a necessary condition for the unique and important work of American libraries – facilitating open access to information for all.”
Librarians have a long history of protecting the rights of people to read, learn, and be curious, because the freedom to read and receive ideas anonymously is at the heart of individual liberty in a democracy. This makes libraries ideal places for people to think and talk about privacy today.
“Libraries can play an important role in helping their users understand the rules of the game,” said Barbara Jones, director, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. “More importantly, librarians — as long-standing defenders of intellectual freedom — can spark the sort of wide-ranging conversations in communities across America that can crystallize this otherwise amorphous issue.”
For more information on Choose Privacy Week, visit www.privacyrevolution.org.
View the trailer for the short film “Choose Privacy Week”: Choose Privacy Week Trailer from 20K Films on Vimeo.
If you’re interested, view the entire 23 minute short film. It provides lots of food for thought about your right to privacy in this digital age: Choose Privacy Week Video from 20K Films on Vimeo.
For all you science fiction lovers out there, the library has just released a new research guide for your browsing pleasure. While the Sci Fi Research Guide was originally written for students taking Pearl Ratunil’s English 102 and Literature 115 courses, anyone– even the general public– can take a look at any of the research guides and the various resources that are available to them at Harper. There’s info on finding books, media, author biographies, websites, and even MLA citation help if you so need it.
If you find something that peaks your interest and need help finding it, stop by the Reference Desk– we’re here to help.
Come join us in celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (1809-1865) at the William Rainey Harper College Library (second floor) on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at noon. There will be a Readers’ Theater evoking the spirit and legacy of the sixteenth President of the United States, presented by the Harper College Library and the Harper College Speech Team.
Refreshments will be served (including Lincoln cookies!). Also, test your knowledge of Lincoln by competing in the trivia contest (and the chance to win some amazing prizes). To help you prepare for the contest, check out our Research Guide on Lincoln.
If you haven’t checked out the library’s research guides, I’d highly recommend doing so. They give handy tips on how to find books, articles, and other resources at the library on a variety of topics. We even have research guides tailored to particular classes.
There’s a new (as in hot off the presses) research guide on the ever popular Engl 102: The Beat Generation taught by Kurt Hemmer. Even if you’re not taking the class, take a look at the research guide to check out the books, articles, and media we have on authors such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, and others.
And if you’re interested, you can browse through the more than fifty other guides on topics ranging from chemistry to Martin Luther King, Jr. to psychology and more.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Edible Book Contest! Fifteen creative, innovative, and imaginative entries!
Congrats to each participant:
- The Little Engine that Could–submitted by Marie Eibl
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest–submitted by Carole Gallo
- The Tell-Tale Heart–submitted by Melissa Tiltges and Phil Kane
- Tao Te Ching–submitted by Jeffrey James
- The Monster Book of Monsters–submitted by Jeff McDonald
- Atlas Shrugged–submitted by Alyssa Coonen
- The Ballad of the Sad Cafe–submitted by Sonya Arko
- Cliffor the Big Red Dog–submitted byWade Adams and Jeff Cesar
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom–submitted by Kendra Kelley
- Best Friends Wear Pink Tutus / All Tutus Should Be Pink– submitted by Rachel Weide
- Breaking Dawn–submitted by Caroline Brennan
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown–submitted by Britt Wanek and Genic Lazzar
- Cat in the Hat– submitted by Cheyne Hanoski
- Treasure Island– submitted by Sarah Engebergh
- The book from the restricted section in the 1st Harry Potter book– Kaitlin Todd
Grand prize winner
The Monster Book of Monster’s
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Book from the restricted section in the 1st Harry Potter book
Most Edible (tie)
Melissa Tiltges and Phil Kane
Most Edible (tie)
Britt Wanek and Genic Lazaar
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Harper College Library
Create a piece of edible art that has something to do with books
Friday, November 20, 2009
Entries are due in the library from 10:30 to 11:30 AM
Judging begins at Noon
Entries will be eaten after the winners are announced
All participants and their entries will be photographed
Please include a sign denoting the title of the book your entry represents.
Everyone is invited to participate!
Awards will be given in the following categories:
- Grand Prize
- Most Literary
- Most Creative
- Most Edible
A completed entry form must be received at the Harper College Library no later than Monday, November 16, 2009.