Free Webcast for ACRL members featuring John Palfrey

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering its third annual Springboard Event from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CDT on May 5, 2010. The ACRL Springboard Event is a live, interactive Webcast offered free of charge to all ACRL members. The 2010 ACRL Springboard Event will feature John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law, and vice dean, Library and Information Resources, Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Offered in conjunction with the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s inaugural “Choose Privacy Week,” the 2010 ACRL Springboard Event will examine issues related to privacy in the socially networked environment. Palfrey will consider the concerns related to privacy, how we evaluate the right to privacy and freedom of information, and how librarians can help users understand and navigate their own privacy concerns.

Palfrey is the co-author of “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” (Basic Books, 2008) and “Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Internet Filtering” (MIT Press, 2008). His research and teaching is focused on Internet law, intellectual property and international law.

There is no registration fee for this member event, but ACRL members should register online by Monday, May 3 to confirm their space in the Webcast.

By providing the Springboard Event free of charge for members, the ACRL Board of Directors is responding to feedback that professional development is one of the most important services that ACRL provides and that members want additional online learning opportunities. The archived recording of the Webcast will be made available on the ACRL Web site shortly after the live event. Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at or (312) 280-2522.