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NISO Virtual Conference, Privacy in the Age of Surveillance - Everyone’s Concern - 9.16.20

In an age of networked information platforms, a user’s activity is traced automatically and frequently without much system transparency. Does that necessarily constitute surveillance of the user? Depending upon the geographic location, camera and satellite monitoring are ubiquitous. Why shouldn’t data sensors help administrators improve traffic flow? Why should we hesitate to gather and use data in resolving big and small issues in society? Vendors want to improve the user experience; studying user data allows that. Even in the library, benign assessment exercises trace patron use of resources or access. Where is the line and how should stakeholders be thinking about the issue? To what extent are these practices intrusive or threatening to the individual? How transparent are we required to be about systems and practices? This event will feature participation by a variety of community stakeholders considering these and other questions about this sensitive concern.
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NISO Virtual Conferences

These half-day events cover a range of important and timely topics in more depth than our monthly webinars. With expert speakers from across the information community, they include a mix of formats — keynotes, case studies, perspectives, and vision interviews. Recordings are shared immediately with registered participants, and made openly available after two years.
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Dylan Gilbert

Privacy Policy Advisor, NIST

Dylan Gilbert is a Privacy Policy Advisor with the Privacy Engineering Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce. In this role, he advances the development of privacy engineering and risk management processes with a focus on the Privacy Framework and emerging technologies. Prior to joining NIST, he was Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge where he led and developed all aspects of the organization’s privacy advocacy. This included engagement with civil society coalitions, federal and state lawmakers, and a broad cross-section of external stakeholders on issues ranging from consumer IoT security to the development of comprehensive federal privacy legislation. He spent the early part of his career as a working musician and freelance writer in his native southern California. Dylan holds a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
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Emily Singley

Head of Library Systems, Boston College

Emily Singley is Head of Library Systems at Boston College where she also serves as the library's Data Security Officer. She has previously held technology positions at Harvard University, Southern New Hampshire University, Curry College, and the University of Minnesota. She serves on the Outreach Committee, and her primary research interest is in how users access Library resources.
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Hannah Rainey

Associate Head, Research Engagement, North Carolina State University

Hannah (hah-nah) Rainey is the Associate Head for the Research Engagement Department at the NC State University Libraries. She provides research support to students and faculty and manages the use of immersive visualization spaces. Her research and teaching interests focus on critical media literacy and equity practices and policies in Higher Education. Prior to her current position, she managed efforts to identify and integrate emerging AV technologies as the Lead Librarian for Academic Technology. Rainey also served as an NCSU Libraries Fellow and spearheaded efforts to examine and recommend improvements to institutional data security and privacy. Hannah holds an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from Wellesley College.
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Mark Seeley

Principal, SciPubLaw

MARK SEELEY, consults on science publishing and legal issues through SciPubLaw LLC (, and comments (including on twitter at regularly on publishing, licensing and copyright issues, including recently on the European Digital Single Market. Mark retired in December 2017 from his position as General Counsel for the science publisher and information analytics provider Elsevier. Mark served on the Copyright Committees of both the International STM Association (from 2004-2016 as chair) and the Association of American Publishers. Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Copyright Clearance Center, and is a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and the Society for Scholarly Publishing. Admitted in Massachusetts and New York. Mark is currently adjunct faculty (international intellectual property law) at Suffolk University Law School in Boston.
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Micah Vandergrift

Open Knowledge Librarian, North Carolina State University

Micah Vandegrift’s research focuses on the evolution of policies and technologies that maximize the dissemination and impact of publicly engaged scholarship. Specifically, he is developing a concept of documentation as a form of scholarly communication, and exploring the evolving landscape of evaluating and validating new forms of scholarly output. As NC State University Libraries’ first Open Knowledge Librarian, Micah is dedicated to building programs and processes for the research and learning community to embrace a more open scholarly praxis. He is also the lead Principal Investigator for Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces (Immersive Scholar) funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Recently, Micah studied open science policy and infrastructure in The Netherlands and Denmark as a Fulbright-Schuman Research Fellow, and previously worked as the Director of Digital Scholarship at Florida State University.
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Qiana Johnson

Interim AUL for Collection Strategies, Northwestern University

Qiana Johnson is currently the Northwestern University Libraries’ Interim Associate University Librarian for Collections Strategies. Qiana graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s in English Language and Literature and with a master’s in Library and Information Science from Dominican University. She has worked at the Northwestern University Libraries since 2004 first as a Reference and Instruction Librarian. Her recent research interests include collection assessment methods at large research libraries and strategic planning for collections. A recent article was “Moving from Analysis to Assessment: Strategic Assessment of Library Collections.” She is active with the American Library Association and the Reference and User Services Association and was named to the first cohort of ALA’s Policy Corps. Qiana is also a member of the Library Freedom Project.
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Todd Digby

Chair, Library Technology Services, University of Florida

Todd Digby is the Chair of Library Technology at the University of Florida. In this position, Todd leads a service-oriented department that researches, develops, optimizes and supports advanced library information systems and technology for the University of Florida Libraries. Todd has previously held library and academic technology leadership positions at the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system and at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.