Academic Library Learning Analytics: Ethics and Privacy

This reading list focuses on academic articles (i.e., peer reviewed) that address ethical issues associated with academic library participation in learning analytics, including but not limited to information privacy concerns.

Focus: Academic

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Status: Active

Categories:

  • Learning Analytics
  • Academic Librarianship
  • Professional Ethics
  • Information Ethics
  • Information Privacy

Asher, A. (2017). Risk, benefits, and user privacy: Evaluating the ethics of library data. In B. Newman & B. Tijerina (Eds.), Protecting Patron Privacy: A LITA Guide (LITA Guides) (pp. 43–56). Rowman & Littlefield.
Asher, A., Briney, K., Gardner, G. J., Hinchliffe, L. J., Nowviskie, B., Salo, D., & Shorish, Y. (2018). Ethics in research use of library patron data: Glossary and explainer. Digital Library Federation, 1–19. https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/XFKZ6
Briney, K. A. (2019). Data management practices in academic library learning analytics: a critical review. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 7(1), 1–39. https://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2268
Hartman-Caverly, S. (2019). Human nature is not a machine: On liberty, attention engineering, and learning analytics. Library Trends, 68(1), 24–53. https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2019.0029
Hoel, T., Chen, W., & Gregersen, A.-B. (2018). Are Norwegian academic librarians ready to share usage data for learning analytics? Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education, 10(1), 4–17. https://doi.org/10.15845/noril.v10i1.269
Jones, K. M. L. (2019). “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should”: Practitioner perceptions of learning analytics ethics. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 19(3), 407–428. Retrieved from https://muse.jhu.edu/article/729196
Jones, K. M. L. (Ed.). (2019). Learning analytics and the academic library: Critical questions about real and possible futures. Library Trends, 68(1), 1–4. Retrieved from https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/41142
Jones, K. M. L., & LeClere, E. (2018). Contextual expectations and emerging informational harms: A primer on academic library participation in learning analytics initiatives. In P. Fernandez & K. Tilton (Eds.), Applying library values to emerging technology: Decision-making in the age of open access, maker spaces, and the ever-changing library (pp. 357–371). Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved from https://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=2980784
Jones, K. M. L., & Salo, D. (2018). Learning analytics and the academic library: Professional ethics commitments at a crossroads. College & Research Libraries, 79(2), 304–323. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.79.3.304
Jones, K. M. L., Briney, K. A., Goben, A., Salo, D., Asher, A., & Perry, M. R. (2020). A comprehensive primer to library learning analytics practices, initiatives, and privacy issues. College & Research Libraries, 81(3), 570–591. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.81.3.570
Mannheimer, S., Young, S. W. H., Clark, J. A., & Hinchliffe, L. J. (2019). A roadmap for achieving privacy in the age of analytics: A white paper from a national forum on web privacy and web analytics, 1–14. https://doi.org/10.15788/20190416.15445
Mayer, J., & Dineen, R. (2019). Debating student privacy in library research projects. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association of College and Research Libraries (pp. 183–189). Cleveland, OH, USA. Retrieved from https://digscholarship.unco.edu/libfacpub/92
Nicholson, K. P., Pagowsky, N., & Seale, M. (2019). Just-in-time or just-in-case? Time, learning analytics, and the academic library. Library Trends, 68(1), 54–75. https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2019.0030
Oakleaf, M. (2018). The problems and promise of learning analytics for increasing and demonstrating library value and impact. Information and Learning Sciences, 119(1/2), 16–24. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-08-2017-0080
Oliphant, T., & Brundin, M. R. (2019). Conflicting values: An exploration of the tensions between learning analytics and academic librarianship. Library Trends, 68(1), 5–23. https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2019.0028
Perry, M. R., Briney, K. A., Goben, A., Asher, A., Jones, K. M. L., Robertshaw, M. B., & Salo, D. (2018). Learning analytics, SPEC Kit 360. Association for Research Libraries. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.29242/spec.360
Robertshaw, M. B., & Asher, A. (2019). Unethical numbers? A meta-analysis of library learning analytics studies. Library Trends, 68(1), 76–101. https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2019.0031

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