JUL 23

Works in Progress Webinar: Achieving Privacy in the Age of Analytics: Skills, Strategies, and Ethical Approaches

This webinar will report on the activities from the National Forum on Web Privacy and Web Analytics, which brought together stakeholders from the US and Canada to critically address library values and practices related to web analytics.

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Webinar files & links

Slides (.pptx)
Privacy Forum website
White paper
Action handbook


Scott W. H. Young, User Experience & Assessment Librarian, Montana State University
Sara Mannheimer
, Data Librarian, Montana State University 
Jason A. Clark, Head of Special Collections and Archival Informatics, Montana State University


Privacy is a long-held value of libraries. Today’s networked technologies present new challenges for achieving privacy. Google Analytics offers an instructive use case. This leading third-party analytics tracker is widely implemented on library websites, yet its configuration settings and potential privacy incursions are not widely understood by librarians or library users. How can we realize our values and achieve privacy in the age of analytics? This webinar will provide an overview of the main issues associated with this question. We will discuss ethical and strategic approaches for implementing analytics practices with a view towards privacy, including key technical and social aspects, software configurations, staff skills, and partners for enhancing privacy on the web. Presenters will conclude by facilitating a group discussion based around privacy practices and challenges.  

This webinar will be of interest to library administrators, digital and systems librarians, public services and teaching librarians, and everyone who seeks a more private web. 

  Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

These webinars are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!








23 July 2019


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]