Collection of Information
Registering for an Account: If you choose to register for an account on the Site, we will ask for your email address. In addition, if you choose, you may add your name and phone number to your Site account profile. We use this information to provide you with email notifications and to administer your account.
Browsing Information: When you access the Site, our servers automatically record information that your browser provides. This may include, among other things, your Internet Protocol address, web request, browser type, the date and time of your request, web pages visited, files accessed, and one or more cookies that uniquely identify your browser (see below).
Cookies: The Site will attempt to store a small piece of data known as a “cookie” on your browser. This is used only to establish continuity between related requests and does not in itself contain any personal information. The Site logs this session identifier along with other information about each request. You may choose to reject the cookie and will still be able to find and read documents on the Site.
Google Analytics: The Harvard University Library uses Google Analytics to gather statistics for portions of library websites, including the Site. The information gathered will be used to improve our services. Google Analytics uses browser cookies for statistical analysis related to your browsing behavior. If you choose, you can opt out by turning off cookies in the preferences settings in your browser, or download and install Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
For more information on Google Analytics, please visit https://www.google.com/analytics/.
User Communications: When you send email or other communications to us, we may retain the communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.
Use of Information
We may use the information collected for the following purposes, in addition to those described above: tailoring the Site to user needs and improving our service; generating data and reports about usage of the Site and its content; supporting the technical functioning and security of our network; and protecting our rights and property or those of our users. Web server logs are retained on a temporary basis and then deleted completely from our systems.
We may share information with third parties, including, among other things, information about the use of the Site and its content that is anonymized or aggregated so it does not identify any individual user. We may also provide third parties, such as other repositories with information about the use of Site content that is associated with the IP address of the user.
This Site’s content is not intended to attract children under 13 years of age and we will not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13 years of age. If you are under 13 years of age, you should not use the Site or register for an account.
This Site has security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. However, we cannot guarantee that those security measures will be effective.
Links to Other Sites
This Site may contain links to other web sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of those web sites.
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, please contact the Office for Scholarly Communication.
Changes to This Policy