Re: Ref Q: journal duplicate exchange ethics Susan Sturgeon 15 May 2007 15:58 UTC

As a state institution we are not allowed to sell anything we have purchased, but it is perfectly alright to "sell" what has been donated.  And we do.  I would much rather sell than put something in a landfill.  Susan

Susan Sturgeon
Serials Librarian
Salem State College Library
352 Lafayette St.
Salem, MA 01970
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Fax: (978) 542-6596

>>> "Koveleskie, Judith" <kovelesk@SETONHILL.EDU> 5/15/2007 9:22 AM >>>
I'm not a lawyer, but I don't see any problem in selling them since the proceeds would go to your library.  When people donate items to our library, we always tell them that we may not add them to the collection if they don't seem relevant or if the item duplicates something we already have.  In that case, we place the items in our annual book sale and the funds benefit the library.  I think selling on a duplicate exchange would be the same thing.

Judith A. Koveleskie
Periodicals Librarian
Seton Hill University
Reeves Memorial Library
1 Seton Hill Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601
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Subject: [SERIALST] Ref Q: journal duplicate exchange ethics

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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Children's Hospital Library
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