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What information is collected and why?
We ask for a name, e-mail address, the subject of the question being asked, your status, and your question.
We use the following information for the following purposes:
- Name: We need a name to identify a chat session and in communicating with you during that session. While a name is required, it does not have to be a full name or a real name. Names are stored in session transcripts.
- E-mail address: An e-mail address is required so that we may sendyou a transcript of the chat session, and/or follow up on your referencequestion. E-mail reference requires an e-mail address so that we can respond to you.
- All other information requested – subject, status, and any information requested during the chat or email conversation – will be used by the librarian in order to answer your question more efficiently.
We also use the above information, as well as transcripts of chat sessions, to help us determine appropriate staffing level, train librarians for this service, and improve the overall quality of the service.
Who has access to this information?
This information is only accessible to librarians and staff associated with the Ask A Librarian service.
Who does the library share the information with?
We do not share the information with anyone outside of the Library. Statistics generated from chat logs or e-mails, as well as anonymous excerpts, may be used for reports or publications. Information about specific individuals (e.g. e-mail addresses, names, etc.) will not be shared unless ordered by a court of law or by subpoena under the USA PATRIOT Act.
What choices do users have about the collection, use, and distribution of their information?
If you would like, we can delete the history of your questions from the Ask A Librarian database. Please contact email@example.com with your name and e-mail address, as well as the date, so that we can identify the exact chat transcript or e-mail to delete.