Thank you for visiting the ARLIS website and reviewing the ARLIS privacy policy. How ARLIS handles information about your visit to our website depends upon what you do when visiting our site.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

If you visit to read or download information, such as scanned documents or e-journal articles, the ARLIS server will automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

• The name of the Internet domain (for example, “” if you use a private Internet access account from the GCI service, or “” if you are connecting from a computer on the University of Alaska Anchorage domain);
• The IP address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our site;
•The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
•The date and time you access our site;
•The Internet address of the web site from which you linked directly to our site;
•The country and state from which you access our site;
•The pages you visit and the information you request; and
•Search terms used to get to our web site from an external search engine and terms used on our site with the Google Custom Search box.

This information does not identify you personally. The information collected is part of a systems log file, and is only used internally for site management purposes.

This information is collected to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. ARLIS uses the information to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of the ARLIS site, and to help make our site more useful to visitors.


Employees of the organizations which fund ARLIS, as Founding agencies or Contributors, are permitted to register online for desktop access to e-journals and databases and document delivery services. Registrants submit information including their name, employer and contact information. Credit card information is never solicited or collected. Names and contact information in ARLIS databases are managed as confidential library records.

If You Send Personal Information to ARLIS

You do not have to provide personal information to visit the ARLIS website. If you choose to provide personal information, such as by sending an e-mail which includes your name and contact information, ARLIS librarians will use the information you provide to respond to you.

Please do not send sensitive information, such as your credit card or social security numbers. ARLIS does not solicit or collect such information.

ARLIS does not collect information for commercial marketing purposes.

Information Collected for Tracking and Customization (Cookies)

A cookie is a small file that a website transfers to your computer to allow it to remember specific information about your session while you are connected. Your computer will only share the information in the cookie with the website that provided it, and no other website can request it. There are two types of cookies, session and persistent. Session cookies last only as long as your Web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for longer periods of time.

ARLIS web pages may use session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through the site, or to allow you to customize your preferences for interacting with the site. ARLIS web pages may also make use of persistent cookies to remember you between visits so, for example, you can save your customized preference settings for future visits. If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies stored on your machine, you can turn them off in your browser. However, this may affect the functioning of some web sites.

Information Collected by Third Parties

ARLIS uses several vendors and other third parties to provide information to the public and to Founders. Each of these vendors may collect cookies and has its own privacy policy. ARLIS does not collect personally identifiable information from these third-party tools, nor provide them with additional personally identifiable information.

OCLC Ezproxy: ARLIS uses OCLC’s hosted Ezproxy service in order to provide remote desktop access to employees of Founder and Contributor organizations. OCLC’s privacy policy is available at

Google Analytics: “Like many services, Google Analytics uses … cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. Browsers do not share … cookies across domains” (from the Google Analytics privacy overview). Google’s policies on privacy and related issues are available at ARLIS does not use the Google AdWords program.

Links to Other Sites

The ARLIS website has links to the websites of many publishers, non-profit organizations and state and Federal agencies. Once you access another site through a link that we provide, you are subject to the privacy policy of that site. The privacy policies and procedures described here do not apply to any external sites. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any site you link to from ours, especially if you share any personal information.

Website Security

For site security and to ensure this service remains available to all users, ARLIS uses software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits.

ARLIS uses virus protection measures on our computer systems and regularly update the software. These are computer security measure that, in addition to maintaining our computer systems, also ensure that all files that we develop and/or post on our web servers are virus-free. When you request a file for download from our site, it is possible, though unlikely, that the data may contract a virus and become corrupted before it reaches your computer. ARLIS is not responsible for files that may become corrupted as the data travels the Internet.

• Acknowledgment: This privacy policy is based on the privacy policy of the Department of Interior Library, as edited to reflect the specific activities and practices at ARLIS and third parties engaged by ARLIS.


If you have any questions or comments about the privacy policy information presented here, please forward them to:

Alaska Resources Library & Information Services
Management Team
3211 Providence Drive, Suite 111
Anchorage, AK 99508