Re: Institutional versus personal subscriptions Howlett, Lee Ann 31 May 2006 18:33 UTC

We've had various physicians do this for us
over the years by subscribing and then immediately
giving us the issue when it arrives.  Unfortunately,
it never seemed to work out.  We never managed to
obtain all of the issues for a volume from anyone.

People mean well when they offer to do this but, in my
experience, something always happens where they either
forget to send an issue on or they wanted to keep just
'that one'.

Lee Ann Howlett
Lee Ann Howlett, MA
Head, Serials, Dept.
Shimberg Health Sciences Library
University of South Florida
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 31
Tampa, FL  33612
(813) 974-9080
(813) 974-7032 (fax)

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Subject: [SERIALST] Institutional versus personal subscriptions

Hello all,
We are facing severe budget cuts and need to cancel half of our journal
subscriptions. The suggestion was made to ask for donations from
physicians who subscribe to certain journals the library needs. We are
concerned about the legal implications of this. We explained to our
management that we think that this is against copyright law.
One problem is that the doctors can pay for subscriptions through their
educational fund, but cannot donate money from it.

We think that the donors would have to pay for an institutional copy in
order that we can use it in the library. I would be grateful for any
suggestions or documentation why this is o.k. or not o.k.

Thank you very much,
Hella Bluhm-Stieber

Hella Bluhm-Stieber, MLIS, AHIP
Medical Librarian
Milton J. Chatton Medical Library
Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System
751 S. Bascom Ave.
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 885-5654
Fax (408) 885-5655

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