Privacy literacy instruction practices in academic libraries

This article explores the past, present, and possibilities of privacy and privacy literacy (PL) instruction in academic libraries. It surveys the scholarship on privacy and privacy literacy from the domains of philosophy, anthropology, history, law, education, and LIS. A privacy conceptual model is proposed demonstrating the zones of informational agency that privacy preserves, and a timeline of privacy and libraries documents key developments in privacy culture in the US. Findings from an original exploratory survey of privacy literacy instruction practices in academic libraries are discussed. The survey identifies the rationales, topics, contexts, methods, and assessments academic librarians use in delivering privacy literacy instruction, as well as barriers against privacy literacy that they encounter. The article concludes with a case study explicating the authors’ own privacy literacy instruction experiences, and specific recommendations for overcoming the barriers to delivering privacy literacy instruction in academic libraries identified in the survey findings.



Work Title Privacy literacy instruction practices in academic libraries
Subtitle Past, present, and possibilities
Open Access
  1. Sarah Hartman-Caverly
  2. Alexandria Edyn Chisholm
  1. principles of library and information science
  2. information literacy and instruction
  3. types of libraries and information providers
  4. services to user populations
  5. privacy
  6. libraries and society/culture
  7. privacy literacy
  8. academic libraries
  9. critical perspectives on LIS
License CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)
Work Type Article
Publication Date 2020
Publisher Identifier (DOI)
  1. 10.1177/0340035220956804
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Deposited April 09, 2020




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