Anne Klinefelter

Henry P. Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Law Library

(919) 962-1049
3030 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Privacy Law


Anne Klinefelter is Director of the Law Library and Henry P. Brandis Distinguished Professor of Law.  She teaches courses in privacy law and writes and speaks on information law and policy topics, particularly as these areas apply to libraries and legal information management. As Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies in Fall of 2019, she taught United States Privacy Law at the University of Helsinki and researched Helsinki libraries’ digital information design choices to balance information access with the European Union right to be forgotten. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum and serves on the Administrative Board for the UNC School of Information and Library Science.  Her leadership in the law librarianship profession was recognized in 2019 with the Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) section on Academic Law Libraries.  In 2012 she received the AALL Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2012 for her work in privacy law and policy relating to libraries.

Klinefelter received J.D. and M.L.S. degrees from the University of Alabama. Prior to coming to North Carolina, Anne Klinefelter was Acting Director of the Law Library at the University of Miami and previously held positions in libraries at Boston University and the University of Alabama.


  • J.D., University of Alabama (1992)
  • M.S., Library Service, University of Alabama (1986)
  • B.A., University of Alabama (1981)

Selected Publications

Reader Privacy in Digital Library Collaborations: Signs of Commitment, Opportunities for Improvement, 13 I/S: J.L. POL'Y FOR INFO. SOC'Y 199 (2016).
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Privacy and Competing Library Goals: How Can Library Directors Lead When Values Collide? in ACADEMIC LAW LIBRARY DIRECTOR PERSPECTIVES (M. Wu, ed.) (Hein 2015).
SSRN | Z675.L2 A23 2015

Privacy and Court Records: An Empirical Study (D. Ardia and A. Klinefelter), 30 BERKELEY TECH. L. J. 1807 (2015).
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Is Confidentiality Really Forever: Even if the Client Dies or Ceases to Exist? (with M. Laredo), 40 LITIG. 47 (Spring 2014).
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Differential Privacy as a Response to the Reidentification Threat: The Facebook Advertiser Case Study (A. Chin and A. Klinefelter), 90 N.C. L. REV. 1417 (2012).
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When to Research is to Reveal: The Growing Threat to Attorney and Client Confidentiality from Online Tracking, 16 VA. J.L. & TECH. 1 (2011) (reprinted in 60 DEF. L. J. 71 (2011)).
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Library Standards for Privacy: A Model for the Digital World?, 11 N.C. J. L. & TECH. 553 (2010)
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First Amendment Limits on Library Collection Management, 102 LAW LIBR. J. 343 (2010).
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Privacy and Library Public Services: Or, I Know What You Read Last Summer, 26 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES Q. 253-279 (2007), reprinted in PUBLIC SERVICES IN LAW LIBRARIES: EVOLUTION AND INNOVATION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (Barbara Bintliff, Lee F. Peoples, eds., Haworth, c2007).
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Symposium, The Role of Librarians in Challenges to the USA PATRIOT Act, 5 N.C. J. L. & TECH. 219 (2004).
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