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Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La
Crosse values the privacy of library users and adheres
to the policies and recommendations from the Office of
Intellectual Freedom of the American Library
Association, particularly those outlined in
Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries
Privacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights.
In addition, this policy conforms to
Statute 43.30, which covers the privacy and
confidentiality of library patron records.
The library seeks to minimize the collection and
retention of personally identifiable information and only
retains information that is required for the management of
library operations. Records retained to varying degrees by Murphy Library systems may include:
Database Search Records Circulation Records Computer Use Records Inter-Library Loan RecordsElectronic Reference Correspondence
Only authorized staff with assigned passwords may
access personal data stored in the library's computer
system for the purpose of performing library work. The
library will not reveal what materials are checked out, or
have been checked out, to an individual or disclose
personal data to a third party in a manner that would
identify a user, except where required by law or to assist
another University of Wisconsin System library in
recovering its materials.
The library web site contains many links to other
sites, including databases and electronic journals that
the library has licensed for the use of faculty, students
and staff. Users should be aware that these sites have
their own privacy policies that may be different from the
Murphy Library policy.