Parents Just Don't Understand

  • Teen Privacy in Public Libraries

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  • In late 2022, a challenge was brought to the Lethbridge Public Library board regarding the library’s policy on the privacy of teen membership records. This prompted us to ask ourselves: Should parents have access to teen members’ library records? What role does privacy play in relation to those aged 13-17, and their social and mental development? What are the best practices in safeguarding responsibility and privacy for teens, while acknowledging they are not yet legally adults? We will share the resources we presented to the board in defense of teen privacy rights in public libraries, and the importance of having robust policies in place due to the increase in challenges to teen collections, services, and borrowing privileges.

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