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Fwd: Publishers' licenses for e-journals accessed through Catchword, Ingenta et al.

Good Afternoon:

I am seeking to benefit from the knowledge and experience of colleagues 
who have arranged access to e-journals through intermediaries such as 
Catchword and Ingenta. A colleague here went to MIT Press's Web Site to 
get a number required by Catchword for registration for electronic access 
to one of MIT's journals. There she discovered that there was a license 
agreement for this and other titles, although there had been no hint from 
Catchword of the necessity for such an agreement. MIT Press confirmed that 
the license had to be signed within three months of the beginning of 
access. How common is this? Is it incumbent upon the person arranging 
access with Catchword (or whomever) to determine whether a license must be 
signed? Is there any convenient way of determining whether a license is 

Any assistance with this will be greatly appreciated.

Michael Young
Michael Young
Head of Acquisitions Services
University at Albany Libraries, UL B 34
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany NY 12222

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