All 50 U.S. states have some form of confidentiality legislation or opinion.
Thus, in general, circulation records are confidential, and it would be a
violation of (most) states' law to release them to anyone, (including a
parent) without a search warrant.
The ALA Code of Ethics reads: "Librarians must protect each user's right to
privacy with respect to information sought or received, and materials
consulted, borrowed, or acquired."
deg farrelly, Associate Librarian
Media/Communications Studies/Women's Studies
Arizona State University West
P.O. Box 37100
Phoenix, Arizona 85069-7100
> Topic No. 6
> Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2002 18:05:35 -0500
> From: "Gregory Callahan" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: RE: Dealing with disturbing content
> Am I the only one who finds this library's soltution or providing the
> parents' access to the child's borrowing records a little, uh,
> Well, actually, I'm shocked!
> Greg Callahan, Hyde Park Free Library
> Hyde Park NY