Computers in Libraries 2007: Day 1 – Privacy, Security, Social Networking & Libraries: Me, MySpace, and Eye

Alane Wilson, OCLC

The network is community.

Harris Interactive conducted the research for them on this project…

Played a video made from ALA Midwinter’s OCLC preconference meeting

Data snippets:

How many years have you been using the internet? Librarians far exceed everyone else’s use. We started with things like gopher, Mosaic, etc – most users haven’t

The culture of paper…
Librarians have a different culture of reading – we read way more than the general population

Librarian’s reading has increased more than the general population.

Do you have a current library card?
Partly a cultural thing – US has more library card holders than in France or Germany

Librarians do all the librarian stuff more – ILL, read, check out, etc… we do it much more than our general populations. So possibly we are designing spaces that WE like, rather than what our users would actually like. Hmm…

Librarians use chat rooms, IM less than the general populations

We read blogs more

Younger librarians do IM more than older librarians… (she has actual data to support that, rather than just guessing)

Our needs for privacy haven’t caught up with technology.

Privacy also means anonymity.

We want privacy when it affects us – not so much when it affects others.

When buying stuff online, we give away personal info – librarians do this moreso. In a retail environment, librarians are comfortable giving away personal info.

But in social networking groups, we are not very comfortable doing this. Japanese (people in general? just librarians? Not sure here) NEVER tell some info (religious or sexual preferences were mentioned).

We don’t like to share what we have checked out.

Hmm… she urged all libraries to display the library bill of rights prominently, so patrons know what we do with their data. I’m not sure I agree with that – I do think patrons probably want to know we don’t do bad things with their information… but I also don’t think patrons would read the Library Bill of Rights if it were prominently displayed – to me, that sounds more like a “librarianish” thing to do, much like posting the Dewey subject headings… patrons really don’t care about that, and don’t understand if we DO post that type of thing.