July 3, 2002
OhioLINK is committed to protecting the privacy and
confidentiality of its users. Like all web and library services, we
have access to some information about your use of our system. Listed
below are the policies that determine how we gather and use that
What Information Does OhioLINK Gather?
Personally identifiable information. With
the following exceptions, OhioLINK gathers no information that can
identify individual users of our service. Exceptions are:
- OhioLINK web servers log IP addresses of all requests. In
some circumstances, your IP address may identify your physical
- The OhioLINK remote authentication service uses the patron
identification credentials required by your local library or
academic institution. OhioLINK does not determine what those
credentials are. Credentials are transmitted between OhioLINK
and your local library or academic institution; this service
currently uses an application that must transmit data
unencrypted. Credentials are logged and stored only as long as
necessary to determine that they will not be needed to
investigate suspected misuse of our services, after which they
- To request materials through the OhioLINK library catalog, you
must provide your name and identification information. This
information is not stored at OhioLINK, but is transmitted to
your local library, the library that owns the requested
materials, and if necessary the library where you will pick the
materials up. Your personal information is retained at the
owning and pickup locations only as long as the material is
checked out to you. The information you are required to provide
is determined by your local library, and is transmitted
- To use e-mail notification of search results in the Electronic
Journal Center, you must provide your e-mail address, which is
stored along with your saved searches.
- Online forms may ask for personally identifiable data, such
as your name or e-mail address. Data sent this way will not be
shared outside OhioLINK unless required by law.
Search histories. OhioLINK web services
log information including your IP address, domain name, and web
pages visited on our sites. In some databases, this includes your
search history. We use this data on an aggregate basis to measure
usage and to improve and administer our services. We do not monitor
individuals’ search histories or library borrowing patterns.
Cookies. Some OhioLINK services make use
of cookies. The OhioLINK remote authentication service requires
the use of a cookie that remains on your workstation for a maximum
of two hours. The value of this cookie is logged for a maximum of
two weeks, and may be used to trace individual use in cases of
suspected misuse of our services. All other cookies set by
OhioLINK servers are optional.
What Information Does OhioLINK Share With Other
Sharing with commercial firms.
Individual records or log entries gathered by OhioLINK are never
sold to or shared with commercial firms. Aggregate data may be
shared with OhioLINK vendors to document our use of their
Sharing with non-commercial organizations.
Data gathered by OhioLINK is not made available outside of
OhioLINK and its member libraries, except for the following
- OhioLINK may be required to provide data in response to legal
orders or subpoenas, or to comply with Ohio public records laws.
- OhioLINK may provide data to staff at colleges, universities,
or commercial Internet providers in the course of investigating
suspected misuse of our services.
Links to other
services. OhioLINK provides links to services not under
our control; OhioLINK is not responsible for privacy practices at