At LibPorts, we take user data and information very seriously. That said, here is an overview of the data we collect and how this data is utilized upon this site.
To utilize libports.com, you must sign-in with your student email account. During the sign-in procedure, we collect your email address and email account number and store it on our server. Your name is also retrieved when you sign-in, but you have the choice of modifying this to be stored as you see fit.
All this information is used to help you log into your account in the future. That said, we verify all Maricopa students, faculty, alumni, and staff through their college gmail accounts. Therefore, we do not store any password information upon our servers.
None of your login information is shared.
After the login information, you have a choice of what you wish to share on our website: this can be a work you completed in college, any photos of yourself, your accomplishments, and even a resume (although, we advise those adding a resume to not include personal address information).
The site's main mission is to give you a platform in which to share an ePortfolio of your works and accomplishments with the world. On our site, both ePortfolios and works can be searched and accessed (if accounts not unlisted/private and works unhidden) both through the website itself and through internet search engines.
Any ePortfolios and works that are made live are accessible to the world at large. Colleges using LibPorts may also choose to enter these live works into library or other search systems and websites to help promote the scholarly and creative work being done at the colleges. That said, additional options also exist to make your profile and works pages either unlisted (available only if you have a link), private (accounts either only available to yourself upon login or available only with a specialized link), or hidden (works only available to yourself upon login). However, it is important to note that while profile and works pages may be able to be made private and inaccessible to those visiting the website including all links to files you upload, it may still be technically possible to access files you upload, so it is recommended that you only upload files that you understand may potentially be viewable. It is also important to note, that even after files are deleted they still may be cached for some time until they dissappear completely. Still, any text profile and work items added (ie items not added through uploaded files) should not be viewable in private mode without a shareable link.
Additionally, libports.com administrators reserve the right to view unlisted and private pages to ensure both functionality of the site and pages that align with our terms of service.
On our libports.com site, you will notice a number of social media options, which include reaction buttons, comments sections, page views, follow buttons, etc. The display of user reactions and comments along with a user's ability to react and comment is limited only to fellow LibPorts users who are logged into the system along with site administrators. Options exist to shut off comments, reactions, and formal responses on a work-by-work basis. The follow button will remain an option on live account profile pages for any logged in LibPorts user. This information is stored upon libports.com servers.
This information is used to share reactions, thoughts, and feedback between logged in LibPorts users. As well, it gives creators an opportunity to see reactions and feedback upon their own work.
Social media reactions are shared primarily with the creator of works and ePortfolios. Additionally, the LibPorts community can also see comments and reactions. Finally, it is important to note, that in commenting upon, reacting to, or following different works/profiles, your name/icon may be shown in your comments and reactions even if your profile is private.
Faculty and staff and others have the ability to nominate people for medals celebrating an achievement, accomplishment or skill. Additionally, one can nominate themselves for a medal by sending an email to [email protected] along with proof of their achievement. This information is collected either through an online form or through the aforementioned email address. It is stored in LibPorts databases.
These medals are used to showcase an individuals achievements, accomplishments or skills. It approved by the user, medals will be displayed upon a users profile page an potentially other areas of the site. Additionally, those nominating a user for a medal will have their information displayed under the medal as the one who made the nomination.
People get to decide what medals appear upon a person's profile page. After a person is nominated for a medal, the next time they visit their profile page, they will be prompted to either approve (and thus make visible) a medal or delete it. Any approved medals are shared publicl on a person's profile page and potentially other places on the site. Unapproved medals are not shared. This approval process gives students the ability to only share what they choose and allows faculty/staff to share student accomplishments with the world without violating a student's privacy.
While visiting works and ePortfolio pages, libports.com collects certain usage information and data both to track site usage and personalize your experience upon the site.
This personalization information allows libports.com to better customize your searching experience by providing recommended works upon your Dashboard page. An example of this might be: you visit a Biology work page, information of your having visited a biology works page is added to libports.com servers, and this lets these servers know to display Biology works on your Dashboard page.
Beyond the aforementioned social media, this usage information is not shared with anyone but the user receiving recommendations.
This site is hosted through Google and uses various Google technologies and authentication systems throughout. Additionally, LibPorts uses the third-party email service Sendgrid when sending email communications and the content delivery network Cloudflare. The site also stores log information about the usage of the site to help identify issues and track usage. That said, in the future it is possible that LibPorts may change hosting, service, and networking companies to create a more sustainable and robust system into the future.
Finally, it is also important to note, this LibPorts system is currently in its Trial version, and while we hope no major issues exist, it is important to note that bugs or glitches may occur that haven't yet been identified which might effect service. If you do see any issues, please let us know through the feedback link at the bottom of the page.
In cases of safety and illegal activity, LibPorts reserves the right to share information with college and legal authorities.