Website Privacy Practices and Disclaimers
The Coloma Public Library is committed to protecting the privacy and accuracy of confidential information to the extent possible, subject to provisions of state and federal law. Other than as required by laws that guarantee public access to certain types of information, or in response to subpoenas or other legal instruments that authorize access, your personal information is not actively shared and will not be sold.
This document outlines the types of information we collect and how we use and protect that information. By using our website, you consent to the practices described here.
Information collected about you is used to provide Library services. The Library strives to collect the least amount of personally identifiable information to conduct business. Records are retained for as long as required by Michigan State Law. The Library does not engage in practices that might place your personally identifiable information on public view without consent.
It is standard library practice to collect the following information:
- Contact Info
- Date of Birth
- Authorizations of additional users on an account
- Materials currently checked out
- Last Patron to checkout an item
- Overdue materials
- Notice history
- Meeting room applications
- Event registrations
- Summer Reading registration
- Reading history (if enabled by patron)
- Any personally identifiable information given in emails, web forms, in-person or telephone reference, or other communications is used only for the purpose for which it was originally collected
Use of the Library’s Computers and Online Services:
The Library does not keep a record of who uses our computers, only an anonymous usage count. The Library uses security software to purge personal information and activity performed on each computer at the end of each patron session. For example, usernames, passwords, sites visited, etc. will not be retained.
When visiting the Library’s website, the following types of information are automatically collected and stored:
- Internet domains and IP addresses
- Type of browser and operating system used
- Date and time of access
This information is used to help make the Library’s website more useful to visitors. Data collected is not connected to your personal information or identity.
The library uses Google Analytics to collect data about the use of our website to make improvements to the website and to track trends.
Data collected includes:
- Browser type
- Device type
- Engagement information (sessions, session duration, pageviews)
- Geography (internet service provider location, language)
- Network service provider
- Operating system
- Referrals (web address customer coming from)
This data is collected in an aggregated and anonymized form and does not personally identify you.
Coloma Public Library uses browser-IP-address information and anonymous-browser history to report information about site accesses. This information is used to improve Web presentation and utilization. IP address information may also be used for troubleshooting purposes.
Use of the Coloma Public Library Catalog (through Biblionix) is used to identify users accessing their secure content. Biblionix encrypts all its pages, SIP2 connections, database, and backup servers to provide reasonable data protection.
Coloma Public Library uses webforms on this site when signing up for the Summer Reading Program through Google Docs. These forms request users to provide their contact information, including: name, address, phone and/or email address.
Links to resources owned and operated by third parties, including integrated library systems called Apollo, offsite computer services, databases, and electronic journals are employed by the Library. Such resources are licensed for use by patrons. The Library attempts to include user privacy protections in license agreements with third parties. However, because the use of these websites and resources is not governed by the Library, it is strongly recommended that patrons review the privacy policies of visited websites.
Links to Third-Party Websites:
Our website may contain links to other websites, some of which are operated by third-parties. We provide these links for your convenience, but do not review, control, or endorse the privacy practices or content of these websites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of these third-party websites before providing any personal information.
Changes and Updates:
The Library may update this document from time to time to reflect changes in our information practices or legal requirements. We will notify material changes by posting updates on our website. Continued use of our website after such modifications constitutes your consent to the updates.
For additional, related information refer to the following Coloma Public Library policies, approved by the Board of Trustees:
- Internet and Computer Use Policy
For questions or concerns, please contact us at:
Coloma Public Library
151 W. Center Street
Coloma, MI 49038
Phone: (269) 468-3431
By using our website, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agreed to the terms and conditions stated above.