LITA Privacy checklists

Reviews for Protecting Patron Privacy

Protecting patron privacy: Safe practices for public computers
Thomas Dowling
Technical Services Quarterly Vol. 33 , Iss. 2,2016

Protecting Patron privacy: a lita guide

Choosing privacy for public computers in libraries


In January 2017, the Library and Information Technology Association, a unit of the American Library Association, released several checklist guides for libraries to use to assist them in protecting the privacy of their patrons. 

The guide on Public Access Computers and Networks was co-written by Matt Beckstrom.  You can access the guides here:  Library Privacy Checklists.

Published in June 2017, Protecting Patron Privacy: a LITA Guide was published.  Matt Beckstrom contributed a chapter to the book on information privacy.  It is available on Amazon

Protecting Patron privacy

My new book with Brady Lund will be available on September 15, 2019. This book covers the details of the dark web including its history, how it works, how to use it, and dispels some of the myths regarding it.

You can pre-order your copy now from Amazon, or from Rowman.

Casting light on the dark web - a guide for safe exploration

Posted on May 4, 2017 - Choosing Privacy for Public Computers in Libraries was a post on the  Intellectual Freedom Blog on the ALA website during the Choose Privacy Week.  You can read the post here:

Matt Beckstrom

Protecting Patron Privacy: Safe Practices for Public Computers is the first book by Matt Beckstrom.  It was published by Libraries Unlimited in June 2015. 

It is available for order on the ABC-CLIO page and the Amazon Page.

The book is targeted for Libraries and Librarians who want to understand how privacy works on the Internet, and what practical steps they can take to help protect their patrons who use their public computers.

The book features a forward by Barbara Jones, the Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association.