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A question of licences and Alumni members

Dear Liblicencers,

My name is Martin Borchert. I am the Electronic Information Services 
Librarian at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.

Discussions with delegates at the IATUL Conference here at QUT last week 
indicated that some (at least) academic libraries in the US are routinely 
negotiating with suppliers of electronic products, that their Alumni 
members have perpetual access rights to those recources.

This sounds like a great service to be able to offer Alumni members.

My question to you is... Is it common or rarely that academic libraries 
routinely include Alumni within licence agreements, and are libraries 
generally successful in this?

We currently do not include Alumni in our negotiations, but it sounds very 

Any advice, examples (within confidentiality requirements of course) or 
feelings you have on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and best regards,


Martin Borchert
Electronic Information Services Librarian

ph. +61 7 3864 3470
fax. +61 7 3864 5539

Library Systems Group
Level 3, D Block
Library, Kelvin Grove Campus
Queensland University of Technology
Victoria Park Road