Re: Need Documentation on why institutional subscriptions (Sally Morris) SERIALST Moderator 11 Oct 2002 18:41 UTC

Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 18:46:28 +0100
From: "Sally Morris" <>
Subject: Re: Need Documentation on why institutional subscriptions (Christy Henrikson)

This is a bit like sending your child to buy 5 children's tickets so that
the whole family can get into the cinema at half price!  It's cheating, if
not stealing.

Members' rates are usually set at (or even below) cost and if they are
abused, the journal will simply need to recover more of its costs from
subscribers and will be forced to increase subscription rates.


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----- Original Message -----
> Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2002 15:23:17 -0500
> From: "Christy Henrikson" <>
> Subject: Re: Need Documentation on why institutional subscriptions
> Greetings -
> I am facing a similar situation in that a member of a society here at my
> company has offered to purchase a number of journal titles we are
> interested in at his subscriber rate. My manager thinks this is an ok idea
> since it would be a significant cost savings for us.
> I've pointed out that according to the title page in the journals, "
> is essential that members agree not to forward personal subscriptions to
> libraries or reading rooms for at least 24 months after publication of the
> last issue of the calendar year." While she agrees that it seems ethically
> wrong, she wants to know what trouble would we be in if we went ahead and
> did it anyway.  She also thinks that because we are a small library within
> a small, private company this doesn't apply since the prohibition must be
> against public/academic library access. I say it doesn't matter.
> Can anyone point out any copyright law or examples of scofflaw that have
> done this and consequences they've faced that will help back me up?
> Thanks for your considered responses.
>         Christy Henrikson <>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 14:29:53 -0500
> From: Anne Carroll Bunting <>
> Subject: Need documentation on why institutional subscriptions
> Some of the higher ups in the Chancellor's Office want to know why the
> library can't cancel their institutional subscriptions and let individual
> faculty members subscribe and the cheaper rate and pass their issues on to
> the library.
> We know this would not work in that half the issues would never make it to
> the library. We also know this is illegal
> They have asked the Library Director to give them documentation on why
> this is illegal. Has anyone see this written up any place that we could
> use?
> Anne Carroll Bunting
> Collection Management Coordinator