The UMD Libraries respects the
privacy of library users in accordance with the American Library Association's
An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights
the right to be informed what policies and procedures govern the amount and
retention of personally identifiable information, why that information is
necessary for the library, and what the user can do to maintain his or her
Although the University of Maryland Libraries make every
effort to protect the privacy of user circulation records (including books and
Internet searches), the Libraries and the Division of Information Technology
(DIT) with respect to the use of public Libraries work stations may be obligated
to release such information to law enforcement agents in response to a search
warrant or subpoena, such as those issued in accordance with the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Act, 50 U.S.C. 1861, as amended by the
PATRIOT Act (Public Law 107-56). That law prohibits library staff from
informing you that it received such a request.
The user information collected by the Libraries is necessary to provide
the requested library services (e.g. book or article delivery), to transfer a
reference query to a third party, to comply with license agreements to limit
certain electronic resources to the UMD community, and to evaluate and assess
our chat and email reference services. Individual server use is not made public.
The following services may require the patron to submit personal
information: Aleph - online catalog; e-mail / web forms (e.g., Ask a
Librarian ) and off-campus access to restricted resources (e.g., licensed
databases accessed through ResearchPort, interlibrary loan). Three
categories of personal information are collected:
- Data that are automatically collected due to Information
Technology systems include your browser type, and the domain and Internet
Protocol (IP) address from which and to which you are connecting; the source and
destination network ports; the date and time of your visit to the site, and the
number of bytes transmitted. URLs are not captured. OIT retains login/logout
data for up to 8 weeks and Internet transaction data for up to 4 weeks.
- Data that are collected at the user's request to customize library
services include personalized settings, such as search preferences on the
catalog or in Research Port, marked items, and saved searches.
- Data that are collected in the course of the day-to-day business
of circulating materials and providing online reference services include your
UMD ID number, address, phone number, e-mail address, circulation record, and
service requests (e.g., interlibrary loan and reference question).
Circulation records that the University Libraries maintain that contain
personally identifiable information about an individual and his/her use of
University Libraries facilities may not be inspected or disclosed under the
Maryland Public Records Act except by personnel to perform typical Library
business. They may be released in response to a search warrant, subpoena or
other legal process.
Cookies are small pieces of data
sent by a Web server and stored by the Web browser. Cookies are used to remember
information about preferences and pages visited. For example, if a user's name
and password were stored as a cookie, it would save that person from entering
the same information when accessing the same service subsequent times during the
same browser session. Our website utilizes Google Analytics, a service which
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delivered to the Libraries so that we can improve the function and content of
our website. Data typically collected include browser used; web pages
requested; referring web page; Network Location; screen resolution; date and
time. One can refuse to accept or disable cookies by adjusting the browser's
UMD Libraries are committed to keeping
personally identifiable information that is required to provide services for the
shortest amount of time necessary to complete and manage library transactions.
Access to personal information is limited to library staff who need it to
provide library services.
Our website contains links to external websites
and licensed databases. The University Libraries are not responsible for the
privacy practices, security, or content of these external websites. We recommend
that you familiarize yourself with the privacy and security information for any
site you visit. While we do whatever we can to protect your privacy, please be
aware that information or files transferred via the Internet or stored on
Internet-accessible computers may be vulnerable to unscrupulous users. Just as
in the investing world, you must protect yourself, please be careful and
responsible whenever you are online.
If you have questions or comments about the UMD Libraries privacy
policies and procedures, please contact:
Public Services Division Office,
McKeldin Library, Room 4119, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742.
Telephone: 301-405-9251. Fax: 301-405-9191
Text adapted with permission
of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries.