Request for Proposals: Online and Offline Curriculum Design for NYC Digital Safety: Privacy & Security
About this project:
NYC Digital Safety: Privacy & Security is a partnership between Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library, Queens Library, and Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), a library resources council serving NYC and Westchester County. With support from the City of New York Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, the project will ensure that NYC residents can rely on public libraries for their questions about internet privacy and security.

More than 1,000 library staff members throughout each of the three library systems will receive specialized training on online privacy and digital security in late summer and fall 2018. Curriculum developed during the course of this project will build on the work done through the Data Privacy Project.

What we're looking for:
METRO seeks a consultant to update and modify curriculum developed by Data Privacy Project ( to reflect today's privacy and security landscape. Core content will be delivered to library staff members via online modules. Reinforcing concepts and further discussion will be provided in a three-hour in-person training. Both components should not exceed three hours of contact, for a total of six hours of content.

Our vision:
Curriculum developed under this project should give library staff the tools they need to make their own judgments within their individual circumstances. Curriculum should not be solely prescriptive but rather should convey the extent to which privacy is a contextual notion defined by sets of values (laws, social norms, professional norms, institutional policies, technological platforms). Different tools and tactics will make sense for different people; curriculum should acknowledge that the steps necessary in maintaining digital privacy and data security depend on the circumstances of the end user.

The library context is crucial for participants’ understanding of concepts within data privacy and digital security. The NYC Digital Safety: Privacy and Security curriculum should anchor and deepen this learning by drawing on library user profiles to illuminate the training topics.

Project timeline:
***Friday, May 25 - Curriculum Proposals Due***
Week of June 4 - Curriculum designers selected, project team notified
Week of July 9 - Curiculum designers provide draft curriculum for review, iterative process for updating curriculum begins
Week of August 13 - Final online curriculum provided to NYC Digital Safety
Week of August 20 - Pilot test for in-person workshop
September 4 - Online curriculum launched
September 30 - Online curriculum completed
September 15 - October 15 - In-person trainings take place at Queens Library and Brooklyn Public Library (13 trainings in all)

Contact information:
Please be in touch with Davis Erin Anderson, project manager, at with your questions.
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