Re: Giving name of requestor to distrib/producer?

Karen E. Sayer (
Thu, 13 Nov 1997 17:02:35 -0500

As a matter of policy, we never give out to distributors the names of
faculty members or anyone else who has requested a specific item. It is
against University Library policy here at the Univ. of Michigan to violate
a patron's privacy and reveal information about what he/she reads or views.
The most I will reveal to a distributor is the academic department from
which I received a given purchase request.

>Maybe I'm overly squeamish, but I feel a little uncomfortable giving the
>name of the "prompter" (of the order) to the company that produced and
>distributes the video, even if it's only so that they can find out how the
>video requested is being used, etc. Appalshop Film & Video wants to know
>the name of the faculty member who requested a video so that they can
>contact the faculty person and ask them how they like it. Seems invasive
>to me. Comments?
>Susan Shaw
>Briggs Library
>South Dakota State Univ.

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