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Re: A question of licences and Alumni members

One of the ways of including alumni is simply to treat them as walk-in
users.  If alumni have continuing access to the library, they can be treated
thus, but can only access online content from terminals in the library.

Most rights holders would object to alumni rights extending to remote
access.  After all, there is 25-33% of the total student population
graduating every year.  And such a large and dispersed population is almost
impossible to identify and authenticate.

Besides this, why is it necessary or desirable to grant alumni continuing,
or perpetual access?  There is a balance to be struck between the rights
needed to ensure the institution can do its job in a proper and professional
way, and the needs of rightsholders to manage their content in such a way
that their businesses survive.

John Cox

-----Original Message-----
From: Diane Frake <DFRAKE@vermontlaw.edu>
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
Date: 15 July 2000 04:31
Subject: Re: A question of licences and Alumni members

Martin, we have never included alumni.   I don't remember a pricing model
that includes alums and wonder how users would be authenticated.

Diane F. Frake, Associate Director
Julien and Virginia Cornell Library
Vermont Law School
P.O. Box 60
So. Royalton, VT 05068
(802)763-8303, ext. 2444
Fax: (802) 763-7159

>>> m.borchert@qut.edu.au 07/13/00 07:51PM >>>
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