Re: privacy for kids

Gregory Callahan (
Thu, 28 Feb 2002 20:00:06 -0800 (PST)

You have a point.  I guess that goes a long way toward explaining why teens don't use their public libraries.

Greg Callahan

>From: Eileen Simmons
>To: Multiple recipients of list
>Subject: privacy for kids
>Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2002 17:02:56 -0800 (PST)
>Obviously I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think that state laws which protect
>the privacy of library records necessarily prohibit a library from releasing
>information to a parent. In most public libraries parents sign a form when
>they register their kids for library cards that says that the library will
>hold them financially liable for lost/damaged material. It's difficult for
>me to see how it makes sense to say you are responsible for making sure that
>this stuff gets returned, and if it doesn't come back we'll charge you for
>it--but we won't tell you what it is you're supposed to return. And it is
>usually this sort of situation that results in a parent needing to know
>what's checked out on a child's card. In most cases, if the library's
>catalog is online, a parent with the kid's card number can look it up
>without asking us.
>Eileen Simmons
>Everett Public Library
>Everett, WA

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