|It is the policy of the Chippewa River District Library System to preserve the privacy of its patrons' circulation records to the fullest extent permitted by law. To that end, the circulation records of the library shall be released or disclosed only as provided for herein.
Library staff shall not release library records to any person other than the patron named in the record (i.e. the library card holder). The Michigan Library Privacy Act prohibits disclosure to all third parties, including parents or other persons who have signed to accept financial responsibility for the card holder.
1. Definition of "Library Record"
A "library record" is defined in the statute as "a document, record or other method of storing information retained by a library that identifies a person as having requested or obtained specific materials from a library." "Library record" does not include non-identifying material such as circulation statistics.
2. Retention of Information"
Personal information associated with technology such as RFID, or hosted for another library will not exceed the information retained in the library's automation system and will be secured. Such information constitutes a "library record" and as such is covered under the Michigan Library Privacy Act.
3. Request procedures
*The basis for this policy is the Michigan Library Privacy Act, 1982 Public Act 455, MCL 397.601 - 397.605 and the Freedom of Information Act (MCL 397.603 and MCL 15.243[d]).
Approved: August 8, 1995
Amended: October 14, 2002
Amended: June 23, 2005
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