Librarianship as a profession has long been concerned with privacy and user data. As academic libraries move toward embracing learning analytics, questions arise around the ethical use of said data, particularly when it involves students. This paper will explore the role of the library in an institutional learning analytics project. In 2016, the Library at Pace University was approached by the assessment office within the Dyson School of Arts & Sciences and asked to help create a quantitative assessment tool around student learning of information literacy. Using this experience as a starting point, I will explore how librarians can bring ethical and professional issues of the collection of student data to the forefront when working with departmental and campus administration on learning analytics projects, despite the power imbalance that is generally present in an administration-librarian collaboration.



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