Institutional & personal subscriptions (3 messages) Birdie MacLennan 27 Feb 1996 17:33 UTC
3 messages, 93 lines: (1)------------------------ Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 13:04:00 -0800 From: David_Fisher@UCSDLIBRARY.UCSD.EDU Subject: Re: Institutional & personal subscriptions Comments: To: lib_wendie@BOOKS.VITERBO.EDU, SERIALST@UVMVM.UVM.EDU Responding to Wendy Edwards who wrote... Subject: sub. price ..... Do any other libraries have policies concerning this issue? Do you know where I can find legal information on this topic? Are there any articles published that address this concern? Any help you can provide, even anecdotal, would be much appreciated. email: firstname.lastname@example.org Wendy: One of the first pieces of documentation that comes to mind is the "Principles & Standards of Acquisitions Practice", 12 statements of principle published as an outgrowth of the ALCTS Publisher/Vendor Relations Committee meeting in Miami in June, 1994. To paraphrase this document it speaks to, among other things, concepts of honesty, truth and fairness in buying/selling; promoting fair, ethical, and legal trade practices; sharp practice; and establishing practical and efficient methods..., all of which go against what this trustee was proposing. David (Dave) Fisher e-mail <email@example.com> Head,Acquisitions Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library 9500 GILMAN DRIVE DEPT 0175C La Jolla,CA 92093-0175 (2)---------------------------- Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 16:54:04 -0500 From: "Teri M. Vogel" <vogel_tm@MERCER.EDU> Subject: Re: Institutional & personal subscriptions Wendie, I've glanced at a number of subscription rates in our journals and have noticed that there is often a price difference between individual and institution rates. The difference can be significant, but not enough to have the journals come in my name. As an individual you probably wouldn't be able to use a subscription service, which means every subscription is an individual renewal and invoice to monitor, which means more staff. I would certainly be uncomfortable paying our subscriptions (at $10-$800 each) and having to wait for reimbursement from our slow accounting office. As for the legality of what the Trustee is suggesting, I'm not sure. I could not quote you a specific law this violates (copyright, maybe), but it 'feels' illegal, it's certainly unethical, and it is something I would never consider. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Teri M. Vogel (W) firstname.lastname@example.org * * Periodicals Supervisor Voice: 770.986.3276 * * Mercer University Atlanta Fax: 770.986.3270 * * 3001 Mercer University Drive * * Atlanta, GA 30341 This week's film: Rumble in the Bronx * * This week's book: Crime & Punishment * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (3)------------------------- Date: Mon, 26 Feb 1996 21:57:08 -0500 From: Craig Fairley <fairley@TAP.NET> Subject: Re: Institutional & personal subscriptions This is not a legal opinion, but I think you are looking at fraud if this is being done to circumvent differential pricing for individuals. I'm sure any publisher with such a pricing practice would be pleased to give you all the legal backing you need! I would also not want to be *personally* liable for the money. What if the "arrangement" is not honoured by the next board? Who gets stuck? At the last institution I worked in, there was a strict policy of NOT allowing this practice. It was felt to be an invitation to embezzlement (nothing personal, I assure you) and conflict of interest, among other things. _________________________________________________________________ Craig Fairley Information Dynamics 2165 Margot Street Oakville, Ontario Canada L6H 3M5 (905) 842-1406 "Services in Information and Process Management"