Avoiding the Great Data-Wipe of Ought-Three: Maintaining an Institutional Record for Library Decision-Making in Threatening Times

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106287
Title:
Avoiding the Great Data-Wipe of Ought-Three: Maintaining an Institutional Record for Library Decision-Making in Threatening Times
Author:
Nicholson, Scott
Citation:
Avoiding the Great Data-Wipe of Ought-Three: Maintaining an Institutional Record for Library Decision-Making in Threatening Times 2003, 34(9):36-36 American Libraries
Journal:
American Libraries
Issue Date:
2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106287
Submitted date:
2005-05-11
Abstract:
Because of the USA PATRIOT Act and similar legislation that allows the government to track the actions of individuals suspected of terrorist activities, many librarians are concerned about protecting information about library use at any cost. Some propose that the solution is to delete all data from the operational databases whenever possible; in fact, a recent New York Times article discusses daily shredding of library records from the Santa Cruz Public Library System (“Librarians Use Shredder to Show Opposition to New F.B.I. Powers”, Apr. 7th, 2003). However, deleting all data associated with library transactions will make data-based evaluation and justification of library services difficult; therefore, libraries must seek a balance between protecting the privacy of patrons and maintaining a history of library transactions.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Data Mining; Libraries; Management
Local subject classification:
data warehouse; data mining; institutional memories; decision-making information

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dc.contributor.authorNicholson, Scotten_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-05-11T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:43:50Z-
dc.date.issued2003en_US
dc.date.submitted2005-05-11en_US
dc.identifier.citationAvoiding the Great Data-Wipe of Ought-Three: Maintaining an Institutional Record for Library Decision-Making in Threatening Times 2003, 34(9):36-36 American Librariesen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106287-
dc.description.abstractBecause of the USA PATRIOT Act and similar legislation that allows the government to track the actions of individuals suspected of terrorist activities, many librarians are concerned about protecting information about library use at any cost. Some propose that the solution is to delete all data from the operational databases whenever possible; in fact, a recent New York Times article discusses daily shredding of library records from the Santa Cruz Public Library System (“Librarians Use Shredder to Show Opposition to New F.B.I. Powers”, Apr. 7th, 2003). However, deleting all data associated with library transactions will make data-based evaluation and justification of library services difficult; therefore, libraries must seek a balance between protecting the privacy of patrons and maintaining a history of library transactions.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectData Miningen_US
dc.subjectLibrariesen_US
dc.subjectManagementen_US
dc.subject.otherdata warehouseen_US
dc.subject.otherdata miningen_US
dc.subject.otherinstitutional memoriesen_US
dc.subject.otherdecision-making informationen_US
dc.titleAvoiding the Great Data-Wipe of Ought-Three: Maintaining an Institutional Record for Library Decision-Making in Threatening Timesen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalAmerican Librariesen_US
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