Ref Q: journal duplicate exchange ethics Blackwell, Lisa 15 May 2007 12:59 UTC

I hope that I'm not repeating a topic that has previously been discussed. We participate in a journal duplicate exchange list and the protocol is to use stamps to pay (no money exchanges). We have recently had a request from a company who would like to purchase some back issues that we posted. We cannot determine whether or not the company is a back-issues dealer or what precisely they need the issues for since they are not a library or medical organization. The issues in question were donated to our library by a physician and thus we did not originally purchase them. I am worried about the ethics of, in effect, "selling" our donations as opposed to exchanging them between libraries. If you have wrestled with a similar question, or if there is an ethical principle that is important to respect, please email me off-list. If there is enough interest, I will summarize for the list.
Thank you,

Lisa S. Blackwell, MLS
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