Final project: first steps and long term vision

Hi all, per our discussion over the weekend, I’m creating this thread for each of us to post the answer to the prompt I proposed. Here is the prompt:

  • For the final project, I would like to work on _______________________.
  • The first step I want to take towards creating this is ___________________.
  • The long term vision I have for this is ____________________.
  • The challenges to making this happen are _________________.

Here’s the list of ideas we’ve been organizing for the final project: Please feel free to add something new (I can update the wiki) or propose a reorganization of this outline.

I will also start organizing a second weekly meeting for us to work on the final projects. More on that over email soon.

  • For the final project, I would like to work on privacy concerns related to people working from home.
  • The first step I want to take towards creating this is mapping out the players in this space and their current offerings, privacy policies, and known security concerns to get a view of the landscape.
  • The long term vision I have for this is creating a guide to products, best practices for engaging with popular choices, and training tools for how to teach this information to staff and public.
  • The challenges to making this happen are fast evolving landscape, everyone’s situation is different, operating from Apple environment (unable to test items in PC, Chromebook, Android, etc.), information may go out of date quickly.
  • For the final project, I would like to work on — privacy literacy as part of an info lit program in my school - I’ve been asked to organize a couple of webinars for our grad students to learn more about privacy literacy and the tools that I am learning from LFI.
  • The first step I want to take towards creating this is to examine what’s been done already, scanning the past LFI projects and putting the content together.
  • The long term vision I have for this is to have a an IL program that also includes privacy literacy in my school. This can also be connected to the ACRL Framework.
  • The challenges to making this happen are finding time to make this happen, and ensuring that students find them meaningful and useful so that they will also adapt the content for their own teaching and curriculum as K-12 educators.

For the final project, I would like to work on a resource or tool to 1.) teach the general public awareness of threats to privacy and their potential outcomes, 2.) offer practical and practicable means of evading these common threats, and 3.) help those users feel empowered to enact broader changes in the shared society regarding digital and privacy rights, rather than feeling overwhelmed with hopelessness or futility. By the general public, I mean users who are generally comfortable with common usage of the Internet in terms of e-mail, social media, and overall general consumer use; as well as those less comfortable with Internet use or those on the other side of the digital divide, who I have found often avoid expanding their usage of these technologies due to, among other things, privacy concerns. Making the Internet accessible, safe, and equitable is a priority for me.

The first step I want to take towards creating this is a consensus with my cohort; I will happily throw my effort behind a cohesive idea for enacting these, and other, priorities. I think a website or app is a good idea, but I’d also like to see online resources include offline components–in-person workshops, something like a PSA campaign, a print resource–and any finished product we accomplish should be accessible to those with less skill with or access to consumer tech, those who speak languages other than English, and people with disabilities.

The long term vision I have for this is a resource that average consumers will feel comfortable going to for knowledge and steps they can take to protect themselves, their families and communities, and their greater societies through individual and collective action, with the confidence that they are adequately equipped and reasonably able to ensure their personal and collective digital well-being.

The challenges to making this happen are probably scale, funding, commitment of personnel, and the fact that we are in a period of major upheaval and uncertainty in the immediate present. Once the project got off the ground, I think persuading the general public that this is an important priority, and one that they have not only the bandwidth for, but the ability to affect change on, would be the major obstacle to surmount.

  • For the final project, I would like to gather privacy statements and create a template for privacy statements for websites. However, I don’t want this to just be a policy or statement, but a blueprint for library websites in terms of ensuring privacy transparency and literacy. How to contextualize privacy in a way that makes sense to our users, providing privacy literacy a long the way.
  • The first step I want to take towards creating this is surveying what other libraries are doing. (I have been collecting privacy statements)
  • The long term vision I have for this is to make privacy and accessibility part of every conversation and to make privacy and accessibility support transparent. Universal design for all should include privacy, too! I will definitely be building a web resource OR contributing resources to a colleague’s project.
  • The challenges to making this happen locally are my website workflows and honestly, time to do this. I’ve been a bit overwhelmed with work but I can build anything web related. :smiley:

Perhaps, that is what I truly have to offer - I’ve worked with just about every CMS and write various types of code to some degree or another. I am also willing to partner up on a project.

Here’s the list of ideas we’ve been organizing for the final project: . Please feel free to add something new (I can update the wiki) or propose a reorganization of this outline.

I will also start organizing a second weekly meeting for us to work on the final projects. More on that over email soon.

Here are a few thoughts of mine about this threat model:

I have a friend who is a very active socialist but is also employed at a start-up where the culture is such that her politics might seriously jeopardize her job. So now she’s had to be extra careful about what is visible in her home, like a poster in the background or a magazine on the table or whatever. Thinking about this further, I can imagine a workplace where information about a person’s family, like for example having someone in the family with a rare illness or disability, might be information that could get misused (just living in the real world for a moment where people get passed up for promotions or work all the time because of perceptions about their life). I’m sitting at my own desk which is next to a window that shows the street I live on. What if one of our LFI videos got shared on 4chan or something like that, and then the internet fascists on there tried to triangulate this information about my street to figure out where I live and try to terrorize me (a similar scenario happened to me already, but we’ll get into that more when we talk about doxxing).

These are edge cases but they aren’t rare, and they are reasons for people to treat everything in the background of their screen as sensitive. One challenge is communicating about these threats to people without horrifying them.

My advice overall is for people to treat Zoom and most Slack convos as public, and so maybe your resource would be some expectation setting, and some basic mitigations (like in the EFF piece) about how to harden the settings of these tools a little. Then, for when people want a more private conversation, to me the main alternatives would be Whatsapp or Signal (depending on how private, but Whatsapp is probably fine for most of these threat models) since both of them offer encrypted text, voice, and video chat.

The good news is that for this threat model I think that most of the tools will be cross-platform and will not change all that much except for security improvements (like what’s happening with Zoom right now). To me the main challenges are getting the communication points correct, and disseminating the information in a way that people will see it and engage with it.

I also think that week 13 about more privacy tools and doxxing will help with this idea!

Great! Since your topic is broad, there are a lot of resources you might find useful. Here are the past projects that I think you should look at:

And these teaching resources on the wiki:

Additionally, I think you’ll find valuable info in every week that we have upcoming, since we’ll be covering a lot of ground. I would love to see you work with some of the other academics on this project too!

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For the final project I would like to work on online environments and privacy for faculty and students.The first step would be evaluating virtual meeting platforms from a privacy standpoint. I know Alexandra had talked about making a chart for platforms checking off what privacy concerns they meet. Maybe we could collaborate on that?
Also, create a guide on settings that students/faculty could change on devices they are using from school/work at home to protect their privacy.
The long term vision for this would be creating a guide on how education platforms like Blackboard and Canvas monitor students’ activity, like what Lindsay Oliver was telling us about. Especially when those apps are downloaded to mobile devices and if any location data is shared with Canvas or Blackboard.

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Sorry, somehow this slipped off my radar.

  • For the final project, I would like to work on providing guidance to students and faculty around privacy and trust in the online learning environment (with different resources for each audience). I’m really interested in collaborating with @laura.savage (and @alexandra.bernson if she’s interested in this too). I’d really love not only to research privacy issues, but to encourage faculty not to use tools that surveil students that are often baked into these learning technologies.
  • The first step I want to take towards creating this is researching LMS and web conferencing software privacy.
  • The long term vision I have for this is to have a guide for students so they can be fully informed and protect what is important to them as well as to have a guide for faculty so they can make good decisions about the technologies they use that protect student privacy and dignity.
  • The challenges to making this happen are my time and making this simple enough to work for overwhelmed students in faculty.

For the final project, I would like to work on creating a Privacy module as a content focus for Bronx Community College First-Year Seminar (FYS) course. FYS is an introduction to college course.

The first step I want to take is to provide an overview of the Privacy/Surveillance domain, i.e. technologies, software, data protections, helth, social media, etc. This overview would take the form of articles organized by the above themes.

The long term goal is to help students develop effective research skills, in terms of choosing appropriate sources, evaluating content for bias, etc.

The challenge will be to develop a sufficient number of exercises that challenge students to relate privacy concerns to other domains of interest.


I like this idea a lot, and I think it would be useful and applicable for so many other people/colleges. I know that the librarians who introduce our first-years to the library were looking for these kinds of resources to incorporate in their teaching.


First, I am more interested in working collaboratively than solo. It sounded in our conversation Wednesday like there’s a fair amount of interest in this topic.

  • For the final project, I would like to work on the scope of public libraries as resources in crises. My initial thoughts are gathering contemporary and past examples, ideas from this new reality, and putting together a really concrete menu of possibilities and tested practices.
  • The first step I want to take towards creating this is reaching out to my/our networks for tactics, examples, and lessons learned.
  • The midrange vision I have for this is sharing these suggestions through an online resource that lives in the cute covid resource house with other projects happening right now, as well as article/presentation.
  • The long term vision is kind of endless…but is basically that libraries have a dynamic and important future
  • The immediate challenges to making this happen are time, resourcefulness, creativity, but creating a resource/proposals/something for publication will be pretty easy.

ALSO I’m really interested in how we can facilitate or provide resources for strategy, connection, efficacy, etc around rent/mortgage/debt strikes, collective power, mutual aid, etc.The economic impact of COVID is probably going to last a lot longer than the active viral pandemic, so I’m also thinking about this for when we have open buildings again. I am having a hard time shifting my perspective from how I’d approach it as Holly, your friendly small town librarian rather than Holly, your weirdo socialist neighbor. Hoping someone got excited about that topic on the wiki page and proposes something here.

I would work on this with you, Holly! It sounds like a really worthwhile project and one that could be a really useful tool for advocacy efforts, which we know will be so important given our uncertain economic future.


I think this would be very useful! Have you seen the vendor privacy scorecard made by two LFIers from last cohort, Qiana and Nicole? It was one of the most popular things at our ALA booth. They took a set of questions and posed them to the privacy policies of a number of top vendors, then scored them green, yellow, red based on how they ranked. The result is visually engaging and easy to understand. Even though this was just a subset of popular vendors, it communicates the problem that most vendors are not complying with basic privacy standards, and it helps library staff understand what those standards are.

I think you could do something really great with the same kind of rubric for academic platforms. I bet that EFF people would have ideas about what questions to ask and where to find the answers. I know of some other edtech people I could put you in touch with too, and maybe some journalists who have done research in this area. It looks like @meredithf wants to work on something like this and suggested @alexandra.bernson as well, so I’d love to talk to the group of you about next steps for research.

This is why I love visuals! Our graphic designer might be overwhelmed right now, but if he is I know some other people we could work with on something.

I like the idea of having exercises for them to learn. There are a couple that previous cohort members created here: I would love to talk through ideas for more engaging activities like these.

I am super interested in this. I have been thinking a lot about the 2008 time in libraries and how it really feels like we lack institutional memory about how we responded last time. I know that John Chrastka and EveryLibrary are starting to think through a lot of this stuff now, and if anyone has details of what we did before, it’s them. I think we should have a call with John and talk through ideas.

Yes, I know what you mean. How do we fit this into the language that we already use in our work? I would love to brainstorm this with you and anyone else who wants to work on it.

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So sorry I didn’t get to this earlier, it’s been a little tough to focus on everything going on right now. But what I had envisioned was pretty similar to what @hollym and @nancyashah are talking about:

I’m not a public librarian currently but for a lot of reasons, that’s where I still hang up my hat professionally speaking. I also want to see all kinds of public/academic collaborations happening and this feels like a cool way to get started with that, if you’d have me! :slight_smile: I’ve also been talking to John C. from EveryLibrary and I think he/they would be a great resource to us for this right now as they’re trying to assemble some similar things and definitely would like other collaborators/ways to get the word out.

To answer the prompts in my own words:
For the final project, I would like to work on developing a collection of resources for helping library workers make it through this crisis as healthy and secure as they can be (including unemployment resources and guidance for directors), supporting their advocacy efforts, and pushing for finding & leveraging solidarity with like-minded community groups.

The first step I want to take towards creating this is I think some of the first steps have already been taken in the form of / resources. The site needs help with content that addresses more dimensions of the crisis and shifts the perspective beyond just closure & into more active protection of staff and the profession as a whole. It also has been very hard to maintain this basically on my own and I would love to do something else with collaborators!

The long term vision I have for this is as Holly said, kinda endless. I think this is an opportunity to craft a long-term vision period, which I haven’t seen much of from our professional orgs and I think that’s carrying down in the form of talk about rushing into reopening before it’s safe to and laying people off without pushing back too much from the perspective of future consequences.

The challenges to making this happen are bandwidth, and trying not to replicate work that’s already being done by other groups (hence, I think a convo with EveryLibrary sooner rather than later as a part of this would be great - I’ve already talked to John about my own efforts and I think he would be excited to hear a whole clutch of LFPers want to contribute as well).

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I have never felt more demotivated in my life as I have during quarantine. Let’s all be gentle with ourselves and what we are able to accomplish right now!

Agree, I am talking to John about this too and I think there’s a lot of room for collaboration. I can ask him to have a meeting with us all on Zoom once we figure out who else wants to work on this specific thing.

I am thinking with all of these projects that some combo of resource hub + virtual conference would be dope.

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Had some time this afternoon, so I put together a proof of concept of what one aspect of this could be. Images meant for social media sharing that have quick tips on them for how to protect privacy. Template format constructed in Canva.


These are amazing!! They look so good. Great job with this.

I love these Mack! Amazing job! A few small bits of feedback:

  • For private app suggestions, Signal is best, followed by Whatsapp. Telegram and Wickr are no longer considered very secure for a whole bunch of reasons that I hope we’ll have time to get into when we do another privacy tools week.

  • It would be better to include the LFP logo rather than the LFI logo on these. LFI is what we’re doing here, internally facing. LFP is what we do in the world, externally facing. Make sense? Here are some LFP logos you can use:

Long one:

Circle one:

Once you update those, we can stick them on the LFP Github page and then link them on the wiki. Eventually I will have our graphic designer put them on the website under resources, but right now he’s caught up with family and such and so I don’t think it’ll happen for a while.

Hi all,

I am chiming in late, because I have wanted to do ALL THE THINGS and couldn’t decide where best to focus my resources and energy. I have finally decided on one project (for now) that I think best fits my capabilities. Here goes:

  • For the final project, I would like to work on empowering library staff to be local advocates for issues that affect libraries, library workers, and our communities, whether it’s issues related to privacy, surveillance, workers rights, budgets/salaries, etc.
  • The first step I want to take towards creating this is to utilize the platforms I already have at my disposal- the New England Library Association’s annual conference and the Library Management Group- to develop interactive online training related to this topic. This would likely include a mix of speakers and discussions in a virtual setting to start with, since we’re all at home.
  • The long term vision I have for this is to eventually create a better leadership training experience that would not only incorporate these things, but would also teach people how to empower others to be advocates. I’m not sure how effective leadership training is in teaching people how to lift others up with them, but it’s something I would really like to look into. Super long term would be to eventually create something with a broader reach than the New England area.
  • The challenges to making this happen are: short term, I need buy in from the current conference committee- we are going to be moving to a series of virtual topics as opposed to an annual conference (this hasn’t been officially announced yet, but the decision has been made). I’d need to make sure they’re on board with dedicating some time in the schedule for these topics. Longer term challenge would be recruiting enough other people to make this happen, figuring out the best method of delivery, and figuring out how to measure its effectiveness so I don’t just wind up producing more of the same old thing.