Confidentiality of circulation

Deg Farrelly (
Wed, 14 Jun 2000 15:07:11 -0700 (PDT)

In response to a question on video overdues one respondent wrote:

<<2) If another teacher needs the tape, we give them the name of the person
who has it overdue. Sorry to say, but it's true; getting a call from Media
Center (or Library) staff is one thing, getting a call from a colleague is
another. This has been policy for 20+ years, and it's no secret.>>

While this may be effective in getting the video back, in many states this
would be a violation of confidentiality laws. (Arizona has such a law, as
does Pennsylvania. Many other states do as well.) Throughout the US many
librarians have fought legal battles to assure that circulation records are
released only under court-ordered subpeona.

deg farrelly, Media Librarian
Arizona State University West
4701 West Thunderbird Road, P.O. Box 37100
Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100
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