Chapter 1. Issues and Technologies Related to Privacy and Security

Marshall Breeding


Chapter 1 of Library Technology Reports (vol. 52, no. 4) “Privacy and Security for Library Systems”

Introduces the topic in the context of traditional principles of patron privacy in libraries, such as circulation records. The chapter offers a basic explanation of technology for security on the web, such as digital certificates and encryption protocols. With that foundation, it describes the software typically used in libraries: web services, integrated library systems, library service platforms, and discovery services.

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Marshall Breeding, “Smarter Libraries through Technology: Protecting the Privacy of Library Patrons,” Smart Libraries Newsletter 35, no. 1 (January 2015): 1.

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