The Why and How of HTTPS for Libraries, a LITA webinar

Attend this LITA webinar for the latest ideas in library web site security and privacy:

The Why and How of HTTPS for Libraries

Monday March 14, 2016
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central Time
Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)

As more of our library browsing occurs over the Internet, the only way to continue to preserve patron privacy is to make sure that the library catalog and database traffic that travels between a web browser and a server remains encrypted. This one hour webinar will discuss how encrypted websites work, and demonstrate exciting tools from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that make it easy to encrypt library websites by default.

Additional preliminary course materials:


  • Understand what HTTPS accomplishes
  • Learn the common obstacles to HTTPS deployment
  • Be able to make a strong case for HTTPS at your own library


Jacob Hoffman-Andrews pictureJacob Hoffman-Andrews, Electronic Frontier Foundation. Jacob works on Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Encrypt the Web initiative, trying to bring secure, private communication to every web site and every person who uses that site. His main project at the moment is Let’s Encrypt, the free and automated certificate authority that will dramatically lower the barrier to entry for organizations that want to deploy HTTPS to make their web sites more secure. Jacob also works on EFF’s HTTPS Everywhere browser extension, which helps people visit the secure versions of web sites whenever available. Previously, he worked at Twitter on deploying HTTPS by default across their entire site, and before that he worked on maps, transit, and web page speed at Google. Jacob has written a blog post on the topic of libraries and HTTPS (, as well as many others on the broader topic of HTTPS. He has also presented on the topic at the Digital Rights in Libraries conference.

Register for the Webinar and Full details

Can’t make the date but still want to join in? Registered participants will have access to the recorded webinar.


  • LITA Member: $45
  • Non-Member: $105
  • Group: $196

And don’t miss more upcoming LITA spring continuing education offerings:


Yes You Can Video, with Anne Burke, and Andreas Orphanides
Offered: Tuesday April 12, 2016, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Central Time

Web course:

Universal Design for Libraries and Librarians, with Jessica Olin, and Holly Mabry
Starting Monday August 1, 2016, running for 6 weeks

Registration Information:

Register Online, page arranged by session date (login required)
Mail or fax form to ALA Registration
call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4268 or Mark Beatty,