Social media, mobile technologies and internet-connected products offer new conveniences and increased opportunities to connect and socialize with others. In order to use these technologies, however, individuals must provide information that can be shared for other purposes.1
Recent reports about Facebook’s alleged sharing of user information and large security breaches from major companies and government agencies make it difficult to trust organizations with your private information.
The Library’s Confidentiality Policy specifically protects patron information:V. Confidentiality of Records
A. Library staff will not release any library record or disclose patron information except in the following circumstances:
- Request by the parent, guardian or custodian of a minor child. Requester must present a valid photo ID
- Upon the request or consent of the individual who is the subject of the request
- For administrative library purposes including:
- Establishing or maintaining a system to manage or assist in the transfer of
- Library Records from one records management system to another
- Compilation of statistical data on library use and collection of fines and penalties
B. Patrons may grant circulating privileges on their account to a secondary user by providing permission to library staff. Secondary users must provide a photo ID or their own library card in order to gain access.
C. Court orders or subpoenas for patron information stored in Koha library software must be directed to the Northeast Kansas Library System, 4317 West 6th St., Lawrence KS 66049.
The Library’s Computer Use Policy further protects patrons’ First Amendment rights while protecting children from harmful websites:IV. Access to Illegal Content Prohibited
The purpose of the policy is to restrict access to those materials that are child pornography, harmful to minors or obscene.
A. Computer users shall not access or exhibit matter that is obscene, harmful to minors or contains child pornography. Computer users observed accessing illegal content will be required to immediately exit from the inappropriate site. Continued misuse will result in the suspension or loss of computer use privileges. (KSA Chapter 21, Article 6401 and 6402)
B. The Library uses filtering software to block matter that is obscene, harmful to minors or contains portrays the sexual exploitation of children. No filtering software is 100% effective.
C. A Library Administrator, Supervisor or other authorized person may disable filtering software for adults engaged in bona fide research or other lawful purpose. Library staff may request proof of age for any individual who makes such a request. Filtering software will not be disabled on computers in the Children’s or Young Adult areas of the Library. If a technical problem disables the filtering software, Internet access for minors will be unavailable until the problem has been resolved.
D. Library staff will not disclose information concerning patron Internet use except pursuant to a valid court order or subpoena authorized under federal, state, or local law.
Users must decide how to balance their value for privacy with the benefits of new technologies that may share their information. As far as the Library is concerned, your library records are safe with us.