Privacy Policy

The Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (MCLS) recognizes the importance of responsible use of information and is committed to protecting the privacy of our members, customers, and other contacts. We will not disclose personally identifiable information about a user to a third party without the users consent unless required by law, except as delineated in this policy.

The majority of the information we collect is analyzed so that we can improve your experience with MCLS. This information is not shared outside of MCLS except as described in this policy. If necessary, we will use your information to contact you. Except as permitted by this policy, MCLS does not send unsolicited e-mails.

The purposes for collecting information and contacting you are:

When you visit the MCLS website, you can browse the site and access important information without revealing your identity. In order to improve our site, we use “cookies” to track your visit. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the option to accept or reject it. For some webpages that require authorization, cookies are not optional. Users choosing not to accept cookies will probably not be able to access those pages. Should you experience difficulty accessing the MCLS website, please contact MCLS.

While MCLS uses cookies to track your visit to www.mcls.org, and our web servers automatically log the IP/Internet address of your computer, MCLS does not use this information to identify you personally.

Personal information on this site is collected and maintained by MCLS. The site contains links to other third party websites at which personal information may be collected. Such links do not imply MCLS’s endorsement or guarantee of the products, information or recommendations provided by any third party site. Please be aware that MCLS is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our end-users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by the MCLS website.

All personal information that we collect and maintain will be subject to the Privacy Policy in effect. MCLS reserves the right to change the Privacy Policy from time to time at its sole discretion, and will provide notice of significant changes on the home page of the MCLS site or by notifying Users via email or conventional mail.

As a visitor to the MCLS website, you can engage in most activities without registering and providing any personal information. For some activities, MCLS may ask you to register and provide certain information about yourself. It is completely optional for you to engage in these activities. Depending upon the activity, some of the information that we ask you to provide is identified as mandatory and some as voluntary. If you do not provide mandatory data for a particular activity, you will not be able to engage in the online activity. If you elect not to use this website, those functions can still be completed by contacting MCLS.

MCLS collects and uses your information in order to record and support your participation in the activities you select and to communicate to you the benefits of membership, including announcements of new products and services available from MCLS.

There are instances in which MCLS may distribute your personal information. MCLS may provide your personal information, if necessary and in MCLS' good faith judgment, to facilitate and transact business on your behalf with third party vendors; to comply with laws or regulations of governmental or regulatory body or in response to a valid subpoena, warrant, or order; or to protect the rights of MCLS or others.

MCLS may collect information about the use of the website, such as the types of services used and how many users we receive daily. This information is collected in aggregate form, without identifying any user individually. MCLS may use this aggregate, non-identifying statistical data for statistical purpose.

Except in the particular circumstances described in this Privacy Policy, MCLS will not provide or sell your name or any other personally identifiable data to other companies or organizations without your consent.

Personal information that you provide resides on a secure server. This server is accessible only to selected MCLS personnel.

MCLS may also require user passwords as a component of our security. It is the user’s responsibility to protect active passwords and not share this information with other individuals. If you feel your password has been jeopardized for any reason, please take appropriate and reasonable measures to change your password immediately. If you need assistance with changing your password, contact MCLS.

Please note that any information you post to an email list operated by MCLS is available to all persons accessing that list.

Any credit card information you provide to purchase goods or services is secure and used only for your intended purpose. MCLS does not retain credit card information after the card has been successfully billed for the authorized transaction.

You have the right to access and correct your personal information at any time. You may access and correct your personal information electronically by sending an email to privacy@mcls.org, by calling MCLS at 1-800-530-9019 or in writing by sending a letter to the address below:

Attn: Privacy
1407 Rensen Street
Lansing, MI 48910

Should you wish to not receive communications, such as email announcements about MCLS programs, educational services, and other products and services, please use the unsubscribe option on those messages or email privacy@mcls.org.

From time to time, we may update this privacy policy. We will notify you about material changes in the way we treat personal information by placing notice on our site. We encourage you to periodically check back and review this policy so that you always will know what information we collect, how we use it and to whom we disclose it.

MCLS takes its users’ privacy concerns seriously. If you believe that MCLS has not complied with this Privacy Policy with respect to your personal information or you have other related inquiries or concerns, you may write to MCLS at the address indicated above. We will investigate your inquiry or complaint promptly.