Re: Institutional versus personal subscriptions Pennington, Buddy D. 31 May 2006 21:14 UTC

Should have thought more about this before I opened my big mouth.

Yes, we should probably respect the price differential.  So we shouldn't
be systematically skirting the higher prices by relying on donations
from personal subscribers.  That's not what we do here at UMKC and I
apologize if that was what folks took away from my email.

Still, it would be interesting to know more about the legalities behind
differentiated pricing, donating issues, the "contractual" language used
in such journals as Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, etc.,

Buddy Pennington
Serial Acquisitions Librarian
UMKC - University Libraries
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[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Howlett, Lee Ann
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 3:24 PM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Institutional versus personal subscriptions

We tried persuading our
physicians to purchase institutional
with their monies so that
we could avoid legal problems.
However, the majority of them
balked at paying the usually
much higher price.

Lee Ann

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[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Susan Wishnetsky
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 3:14 PM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Institutional versus personal subscriptions

At 01:33 PM 5/31/2006, you wrote:
>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'.

Doesn't really address the legal issue, and I think Ms. Bluhm-Stieber is

right -- if the subscription will be available to all the patrons of a
library, the institutional rate should probably be paid.  But I'm no
expert on this.

As for the reliability of donors, well, there are occasional exceptions,

from whom we've gotten very, very close to complete runs over many years
of donations -- as good as we would've had with a subscription.  But
they are the rare exceptions.

Suppose the library were to share the cost of an institutional
subscription with a donor who was getting a personal subscription
anyway.  The donor would pay the cost of the personal subscription, the
library would pay the rest and provide institutional online access.
Perhaps this kind of "contract" would encourage the donor to be more
diligent about donating all the print issues, eventually if not
immediately.  The donor would get the benefit of IP-authenticated online
access, so they wouldn't have to fool

with personal passwords; perhaps that benefit would give them a sense of


Even if it worked, though, such small savings probably wouldn't be
enough to solve this library's budget problems.  And I imagine such
arrangements might cause other problems or extra work, too.  SW

>Lee Ann Howlett, MA
>Head, Serials, Dept.
>Shimberg Health Sciences Library
>University of South Florida
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>[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Bluhm-Stieber, Hella
>Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 12:27 PM
>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

Susan Wishnetsky
Electronic Resources Librarian
Galter Health Sciences Library
The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
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Chicago, Illinois 60611-3008

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