Wiley-Blackwell Basic Access License T Thompson 20 Jan 2009 19:02 UTC


We have been reviewing the Basic Access License (BAL), a Click through
license, for the Blackwell titles that have moved to Wiley this year.  We
have had a few concerns, and I wanted to see if anyone else has encountered
or thought about these issues.

The BAL has a jurisdiction clause that they have agreed to strike for us as
we are a state institution, but they have not replied yet as to whether this
will mean if we need a signed license and how we activate the titles without
accepting the click-through license.  Also, the BAL states that one
concurrent user will be allowed per title.  Their website states that there
will be unlimited concurrent users allowed for 2009.  This is a major
concern of ours as these titles are too expensive to pay for only one
concurrent user.  Also, the website states that there will be free
course-pack use and walk-in access and yet the BAL is silent on these
issues.  I have asked about the course-packs and walk-in access, but they
have not answered those questions.  I have just asked about the concurrent
users, and I am waiting for a reply.

Please share your thoughts and experiences regarding these issues.


Tracey Thompson

Acquisitions Librarian

New Mexico State University Library

MSC 3475 P.O. Box 30006

Las Cruces, NM 88003-8006

(p) 575-646-8093

(f) 575-646-7477