The panoptic librarian: The role of video surveillance in the modern public library

David P. Randall, Bryce Newell

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Abstract

Libraries have long maintained strong protections for patron privacy and intellectual freedom. However, the prevalence of sophisticated surveillance systems in public libraries potentially threatens these core library commitments. This paper presents the findings of a qualitative case study examining why four libraries in the US and the UK installed video surveillance and how they manage these systems to balance safety and privacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationiConference 2014 Proceedings
Pages508-521
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • library
  • library science
  • Information Science
  • law
  • privacy
  • surveillance
  • panopticon

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