School of Information
 Previously School of Library & Information Studies

 Friday Afternoon Seminar on Information Access: Schedule.
  296a-1 Seminar: Information Access, Fall 2020.
Fridays 3-5. 107 South Hall. Presentation Summaries. Email list.
South Hall 107, Fridays 3-5 pm. Everyone interested is welcome!
Zoom only during the Fall 2020 semester. A link to each Seminar session is available only at the School's event listing:

Nov 6: Elaine SEDENBERG, Facebook: Integrating Research into Real-World Policy.
    Integrating Research into Real-World Policy: Elaine Sedenberg (I School PhD 2019) returns to discuss how information research, including her own dissertation, influence her current role as a Privacy and Data Policy Manager at Facebook leading global research and academic engagement. Elaine will discuss the literature around corporate research, her experience in practice, and strategies for audience members on making their work more readily accessible to those in policymaking practice.
    Elaine Sedenberg leads global research and academic engagement for Facebook’s Privacy and Data Policy team. She has a Ph.D. from the Berkeley School of Information, where she completed her dissertation “Information-intensive innovation: the changing role of the private firm in the research ecosystem through the study of biosensed data.” Elaine’s research challenges the theory of linear innovation, and explores how research strategy, practice, and data policies intersect within a modern information firm. She is a 2018–2021 Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. More at

Nov 13: Howard BESSER, New York University: Digital Privacy Training.
    Almost every week the media reports another large-scale digital privacy attack. Most recently reports have focused on election hacking and hospital ransomware, but in the pre-COVID world we heard frequent reports of massive digital privacy attacks on email providers, governmental agencies, universities, political campaigns, health care companies, and other targets. Many individuals recognize data breeches and hacks as an ongoing problem, but only know very few of the steps that they can take to protect their own privacy.
    This Talk will cover privacy-protection measures taught as part of as the recently-ended 3-year $450,000 IMLS-funded project to intensively train librarians to go out into their communities and make those communities more aware of privacy threats, and to train community members in tools and habits that will offer protection against various types of threats. The Talk will cover methods for the 4-6 month training of these Privacy Advocates in techology-based tools, in discourse and advocacy, and in community engagement. It will also discuss the various types of threats, and a variety of tools designed to mitigate some of those threats.
    The presentation will highlight activities undertaken by the 100 trained Privacy Advocates, and show projects they have completed both during and after the training. This includes: guides, training materials, privacy evaluations of library vendors, outreach plans, etc.
    The Talk will highlight the recruitment methods used to engage over 50% BIPOC as trainees (in a field where less than 17% of professionals are BIPOC). It will also report on the perceived effectiveness of the various instructional methods and delivery systems undertaken, and what topics the trainees felt were most relevant to their constituent communities.
    The presentation will also discuss the a new follow-up IMLS grant and the variety of methods it plans to use to sustain the network of Privacy Advocates.
    Ample time will be allowed for an open discussion on general digital privacy issues, instructional methods for teaching privacy, outreach to communities particularly vulnerable to corporate or governmental privacy intrusions, and building cohorts of lifelong learners who continue to collaborate on digital privacy issues.
    Howard Besser is a retired UCLA Professor of Information Studies who is currently Professor of Cinema Studies at NYU, and Founding Director of the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation MA Program. His work over the past 35 years has emphasized policy issues (copyright, privacy), technology issues (image and multimedia databases), metadata (Dublin Core, METS, PREMIS), media archiving and preservation (Personal Digital Archiving, museum time-based media conservation), and teaching with technology (distance learning). He is a graduate of South Hall. More at

Nov 20: To be announced.
Nov 27: Thanksgiving. No Seminar meetings.
Dec 4: To be announced.

The Seminar will resume in the Spring semester.
  Spring 2020 schedule and summaries. Fall 2019 schedule and summaries.