Seeking suggestions : Accessing online journals (Doreen Kopycinski) Birdie MacLennan 18 Jun 2002 20:39 UTC
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2002 14:15:58 -0400
From: "Kopycinski, Doreen" <email@example.com>
Subject: Seeking suggestions : Accessing online journals
We have subscriptions to several specialized (chemistry) online journals.
The publisher offers pricing options so that you can pay per IP class C
subnet. We only have one IP registered which 1.) saves us money, but 2.)
limits our access (we can only have 256 concurrent users, which is fine
since we have less than 70 chemistry majors (even though we have other
science majors who could potentially use the resource, our school is
small enough such that it'd be a safe bet that we would never have 256
people concurrently using any of these journals).
However, since our IPs are dynamic, a person who wishes to access the
resource has to be lucky enough to have been assigned the correct IP when
booting up their computer.
We were hoping to use proxy software to solve this problem but the
publisher would charge us for campus-wide access (the difference in cost
between having one IP registered and having campus-wide access gets into
the thousands) if we direct access to these journals through a proxy.
We asked the publisher if we could utilize username/password access but
were told no.
SO-the question is whether or not others might have experienced a similar
problem and what possible solutions there are as remedy.
Your words of wisdom are greatly appreciated,
Technical Services Librarian
601 East Main Street
Collegeville PA 19426