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Who Do I Trust to Protect My Privacy?
Privacy Conversation Deliberative Forums

Presenting a New Project from the American Library Association (ALA) Center for Public Life/Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement Membership Initiative Group (MIG) and ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom

About the Project and about the Issue:

The ALA Membership Initiative Group (MIG), Libraries Fostering Civic Engagement is promoting public deliberation on the topic, Who Do I Trust My Privacy To? Using a discussion guide written by members, Nancy Kranich and Carolyn Caywood, participants will examine approaches to protecting privacy that relies on three possible strategies for protecting privacy:

Approach 1:  The Marketplace

The marketplace is the source of innovation in security and privacy protection technology and it also has a vested interest in privacy that secures the integrity of financial data.

Approach 2: The Government

The government has a responsiblity to provide for public safety which includes identity protection and to secure the rights necessary to a free society.

Approach 3: Myself

I, myself, recognize that privacy values are individual and varied and that no one cares more about my needs than me.

About the issue materials that are available:

Participant’s Guide and Moderator’s Guide are now available in Conjunction with ALA’s Privacy Week. May 2-8, 2010.

About the Free Online Training Workshops:

You are invited to participate in free online workshops about hosting and moderating deliberative forums about the issue of Who Do I Trust to Protect my Privacy?

Learn to convene and moderate community discussions on privacy. Register Now to participate in one or both of these free online workshops:

How to Moderate a Deliberative Forum on Privacy

April 13, 2010, 2:00 – 4:00 EDT; 1:00 – 3:00 CDT; 11:00 – 1:00 PDT

For More Information, contact:

Taylor Willingham,
Nancy Kranich,
Angela Maycock,

The American Library Association’s Center for Public Life was established in 2010 in conjunction with the Kettering Foundation.  The Center’s role is to train librarians from different types of libraries to convene and moderate deliberative forums and frame issues of local and national concern, using National Issues Forums materials and processes.

Nancy Kranich
Special Projects Librarian
Rutgers University Libraries
228 Alexander Library
New Brunswick, NJ  08901
732-932-7129 x153
Rutgers University School of Communication and Information

Past President, American Library Association
Civic Librarian

Contact Information:
136 N. 7th Avenue
Highland Park, NJ  08904-2932
732-932-7129, x 153; 732-985-1599;
732-306-3535 (c), 917-386-2515 (f)

Register for the Upcoming ADP Webcast!

April 29, 2010 · 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now!

This practical and insightful three-part webcast series, moderated by Harry Boyte, seeks to spark discussion and action on the role of higher education as an architect and agent of thriving democratic societies.

Our third and final webcast on April 29th, Preparing for Citizenship or a Career – a False Choice, challenges the all too common “false choice” between preparing students for careers and preparing them for lives of meaningful citizenship. A recent AAC&U study found that today’s employers are demanding skills in future employees such as the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, teamwork skills, and the ability to analyze and solve complex problems. Yet these are not simply career skills: they are precisely the civic skills needed to build thriving, healthy, and inclusive communities. Explicitly integrating civic skill development into career preparation offers multiple opportunities for greater skill development, career preparation, and citizenship development.

Preparing for Citizenship or a Career will explore practical strategies and approaches that campuses can use to develop these career/civic skills. In this webcast, Harry Boyte talks with Caryn McTighe Musil, noted for spearheading AAC&U’s civic agenda, Mary Kirlin, a leading national expert in the area of civic skills, and Miguel Vasquez, an anthropologist from Northern Arizona University who has worked extensively with the Mexican American community and has been a champion in the Public Achievement movement.

This webcast will answer the following questions:

  • How might educators and communities create an institutional focus on the creation of 21st Century Skills?
  • How do students best acquire these types of important skills?
  • What are employers looking for in college graduates and how might these needs be met?

To learn more about the webcast, please visit this website.

April 29, 2010 · 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Register Now


Summer Research Institute on the Future of Community Engagement in Higher Ed

June 25-27, 2010 on the Boston University campus

By Dan W. Butin, Dean, School of Education, Merrimack College

Can you major in service-learning? (Or community engagement or community change or some similar phrasing?) Traditionally, service-learning and community engagement have been theorized and enacted as a pedagogy and philosophy across higher education. One supposedly does service-learning; one doesn’t study it. Yet this is no longer the case. More than 50 academic programs across higher education offer minors and/or majors in community engagement (or a comparably named program). This raises a host of pragmatic, conceptual, and political questions: what do students study in such a major and how do they do it? What does it mean to make the community both the focus of analysis and the context of change? What does this mean for the status, viability, and institutionalization of service-learning in higher education?

Join faculty, students, administrators, and community organizations at a summer research institute focused on academic departments and programs with minors and majors in community engagement, broadly defined. This free summer institute will be held from Friday, June 25 through Sunday, 27, 2010, on the Boston University campus and is open to anyone already involved in or on the path towards an academic program in community engagement, broadly defined.

The summer institute is the first step in understanding, developing, and organizing this burgeoning movement. We will develop and share resources, foster networking and sharing of best practices, and initiate opportunities for research and practice to strengthen our respective programs and fields. See the summer institute’s website for more information, a listing of these academic programs, registration information, and the research base for this growing academic movement. For more information, please contact Dan W. Butin at

Please take our Uses of Electronic Media Survey

As you know, there has been a significant increase in the use of electronic media to facilitate civic work in higher education. Thirty years ago students organized and communicated about civic demonstrations, forums, protests and other forms of civic engagement with face to face meetings, flyers, and large gatherings. Today, many students organize civic activities using electronic media.

A graduate course in the History of American Higher Education at the University of Maryland, supervised by Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara, is conducting a study comparing how civic work was facilitated in the late 1960s and early 1970s to how it is facilitated today. We are asking you to help develop our understanding of the role of new electronic media by completing the following brief survey:

At the conclusion of the semester, Dr. O’Meara and her student team will share the results with all who participated. Thank you for considering this request.

To be sure that your survey results are incorporated into the study, we ask that you complete the survey by Friday, April 9th.

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