Mineral County Library Commitment to Our Users Rights of Privacy and Confidentiality
Our commitment to your privacy and confidentiality has deep roots not only in Nevada state law (NRS 239.013) law but also in the ethics and practices of librarianship. In accordance with the American Library Association’s Code of Ethics:
“We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired, or transmitted.”
- Notice & Openness We affirm that our library users have the right of “notice”—to be informed about the policies governing the amount and retention of personally identifiable information, and about why that information is necessary for the provision of library services. We post publicly and acknowledge openly the privacy and information-gathering policies of this library. Whenever policies change, notice of those changes is disseminated to our users.
- Choice & Consent This policy explains our information practices and the choices you can make about the way the library collects and uses your information. We will not collect or retain your private and personally identifiable information without your consent. If you wish to receive borrowing privileges, we must obtain certain information about you in order to provide you with a library account. When visiting our library’s website and using our electronic services, you may choose to provide your name, e-mail address, library card barcode, phone number or home address. Further, if you consent to give us your personally identifiable information, we will keep it confidential and will not sell, license or disclose personal information to any third party without your consent, unless we are compelled to do so under the law or to comply with a court order. You have the option of providing us with your e-mail address for the purpose of notifying you about your library account. You may request that we remove your e-mail address from your record at any time.
- Access by Users Individuals who use library services that require the function and process of personally identifiable information are entitled to view and/or update their information. You may either view or update your personal information online or in person. In both instances, you may be asked to provide some sort of verification such as a pin number or identification card to ensure verification of identity. The purpose of accessing and updating your personally identifiable information is to ensure that library operations can function properly. Such functions may include notification of overdue items, holds, reminders, etc.
- Enforcement & Redress Our library will not share data on individuals with third parties unless required by law. Library users who have questions, concerns, or complains about the library’s handing of their privacy and confidentiality rights should file written comments with the Director of the Library. We will respond in a timely manner and may conduct a privacy investigation or review of policy and procedures.
Approved by the Churchill County Library Board of Trustees December 19, 2013