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Guarding patron privacy is kind of the default in the library business. When it comes to knowing who checked out what and when libraries usually prefer to flush the cache — except when it comes to collecting fines!

But in an age of public Amazon purchase lists, automatic tweets, and even sites setup to automatically share users’ credit card statements with the world at large, are libraries simply living in the past?

Jeff Jarvis, in public

That’s what Jeff Jarvis suggests.

A professor at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, and one of the web’s most notorious oversharers, Jeff Jarvis sat down with Harvard Library Innovation Lab’s very own David Weinberger to talk about how the library can merge the values of privacy with the web’s power to share.

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