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University undergraduate students and library-related privacy issues
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  • Steven Johns, Iowa State University
  • Karen G. Lawson, Iowa State University
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New technologies increase the ability to capture and retrieve data about library usage patterns and users. Collecting, analyzing, and using patron data, however, may raise concerns among library users about their online privacy and how the data collected might be used to their advantage or disadvantage. This article examines undergraduate students' knowledge and perceptions of online privacy issues, their opinions regarding who should collect and retain information about them, for what purposes, and under what circumstances.


This is a post-print of an article from Library & Information Science Research, 27, no. 4 (Autumn 2005): 485–495,

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Elsevier Inc.
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November 30, 2012
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Steven Johns and Karen G. Lawson. "University undergraduate students and library-related privacy issues" (2005)
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