Re: User agreements for electronic journals (Dan Lester) Marcia Tuttle 11 Feb 2002 22:16 UTC
---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 10:00:17 -0700 From: Dan Lester <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: User agreements for electronic journals (Karen Bolton) Friday, February 08, 2002, 9:34:04 AM, you wrote: > We are an engineering school and although we provide access to a few > electronic journals aside from our databases, we are just getting started > with working out license agreements with publishers for electronic journals. > The few I've seen are so unlike each other I wonder if anyone else has > advice about how best to put these agreements to work. How negotiable are > they? That all depends. Many will negotiate many things, but some are intransigent. Just remember that no one is making you spend money on this particular ejournal. If the terms or conditions are outrageous, be prepared to NOT buy or license the item. Most of your faculty will understand this as well. > I just looked at one from a publisher with a long paragraph about > various prohibitions, all of which seem reasonable and fair, but how do we > make sure students comply with these rules? We can't be at the elbow of > every person as they work at a computer, just as we can't post a copyright > cop at every photocopier. Don't worry about violations any more than you do about potential copyright violations. You are presumably making reasonable efforts to ensure compliance on both copy machines and electronic resources, and that should be an adequate defense in the VERY unlikely case you should ever be sued by a publisher. > Does anyone have any recommendations about books or articles on this > subject? I am not a lawyer, and I don't want to compromise our student's > access or tread on anyone's intellectual property rights. I'll just offer a few thoughts that I consider vital. Note that these are my personal thoughts, not necessarily those of the library director, head of collection development, head of serials, or anyone else with whom I work. 1. IP authentication MUST be provided for the entire campus. 2. Access to my authenticated users MUST be available from off of the campus. 3. There MUST be no messing with passwords, individual user registration, or other similar nonsense. 4. Should I cancel the subscription in the future, I MUST still have perpetual electronic access to the issues I've already paid for, just as I do for paper. 5. I MUST be able to subscribe to the journal in electronic format only. I don't need or want duplicate formats. 6. I MUST have forgotten a couple of other key points that will be recalled as soon as I press the send button. dan -- Dan Lester, Data Wrangler dan@RiverOfData.com 208-283-7711 3577 East Pecan, Boise, Idaho 83716-7115 USA www.riverofdata.com www.gailndan.com Stop Global Whining!