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Privacy Guidelines Webinar Series

for Public Libraries

This webinar series provided an online platform for live and recorded webinars and enabled library directors and library staff to learn, share, and ask questions from a privacy legal expert about the new Privacy Guidelines for Public Libraries and how the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) applies to B.C.’s public libraries. Please note: The most recent version (2023) of the Privacy Guidelines for Public Libraries is available on the Northwest Library Federation ( website.

The learning outcomes of this webinar series included:

  •  An overview of public libraries’ privacy obligations within the context of the FOIPPA.
  •  An understanding of privacy implications that may arise in library operations.
  • An awareness of the resources available to assist public libraries with the development/update of their privacy policies.
  • An understanding of what public libraries need to communicate privacy expectations to staff and patrons.

This webinar series was led by Erika Decker Brimacombe, J.D.


Webinar 1

An overview/general presentation to accompany the Privacy Guidelines for Public Libraries followed by a question period.

Webinar 2  

Based on feedback and frequently asked questions, this webinar was for library directors and select staff who are responsible for implementing and complying with FOIPPA through policies, practices, and guidelines. This specialized webinar supported libraries to manage their operations, special projects, services, etc. that handles personal information beyond day-to-day functions.

Webinar 3 

Question-and-Answer Online Platform

For any questions related to the Privacy Guidelines Webinar Series for Public Libraries please email Kaitlyn Vecchio at Feedback after each webinar is encouraged.

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