Re: [IUG] Reading History and Minors
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As a parent, I would be appalled that any library institution would not
offer my child the same services that I would be entitled to. Why step
between us? It's my job to do the parenting and educating of the
implications of opting in.
As an employee of the library, I understand that we need to be
proactive and not reactive. How about the same information being
included in the circulation policy or being given to the parent when
they sign for their child's card (we do require the parent to sign an
agreement to be responsible for the child, mostly for financial
reasons)? This way, the parent is informed that their child has the
option to "opt in" under their account and the library isn't deciding
what is best for children everywhere.
Assistant Computer Manager
Weber County Library
2464 Jefferson Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401
phone/fax: (801) 337-2682
rmoore at weberpl dot lib dot ut dot us
>>> peroneka at oplin dot org 3/17/2006 9:00 AM >>>
We only offer this service to our adult patrons and staff members. You
can limit by patron type using the System Options - Circ Options.
--Karen Perone, Rodman Public Library
McDonald, Patrick wrote:
> Hello all,
> Before we allow our patrons to opt-in to Reading History, they must
> through information advising them of the possibility of the library
> being compelled by law to release personal checkout information
> by the service. If after being advised of the potential risks of
> the service, an adult patron chooses to opt-in, we are happy to
> a service many patrons find valuable.
> The situation with patrons under 18, however, seems a bit murkier to
> Since the only way a patron can opt-in to Reading History is through
> Millenium, in theory a web-savy 8 year old (or younger!) could opt-in
> Reading History from home, and we aren't sure we feel sufficiently
> confident that the patron will have been sufficiently informed of
> potential risks and is old enough to give their consent to use the
> service and take on those risks.
> So, I guess my question is: How are other libraries handling the
> of Reading History and Minors?
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