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IMLS Funding for Developing Resources for low-SES Library Patrons

October 10th, 2016 by

Mega Subramaniam and I have been awarded an IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) National Leadership Grant to evaluate the challenges faced by librarians and their economically disadvantaged patrons when it comes to protecting sensitive information disclosed on public computers. The three-year project involves partnerships with four libraries in the state of Maryland and CASA de Maryland, a local organization serving the Latino community.

More information can be found in this PDF and on this blog post.

  • News

    July 2021: Vitak (along with Sarah Gilbert and Katie Shilton) published “Measuring Americans’ Comfort With Research Uses of Their Social Media Data” in the journal Social Media + Society.

    June 2021: Vitak and Zimmer had an extended abstract summarizing their workplace surveillance & COVID-19 work accepted to AoIR 2021.

    October 2020: Vitak and Zimmer published a study in First Monday on privacy concerns associated with the adoption of contact tracing apps.

    August 2020: Vitak & Zimmer were awarded a Rapid Response grant from SSRC to study how workplace surveillance is evolving due to COVID-19.

    January 2020: Vitak, Clegg, and Chetty were awarded a NSF Small grant for their work on developing privacy & security curriculum for elementary school children.

    May 2019: PhD student Kumar presented research from our kids’ safety project at CHI. The paper discusses how educators consider privacy and security when using digital technologies in the classroom. More info is here.

    March 2019: We won the Lee Dirks Award for Best Full Paper at the iConference! PhD student Liao was the lead author on the paper presenting survey results from our IPA study.