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Re: American Statistical Association license terms

UNM-Albuquerque is attempting to negotiate for access to the Current Index
to Statistics, which is produced by the Institute of Mathematical
Statistics and the ASA, and we are having the same problems (and received
exactly the same response to our inquiry).  According to our University
Purchasing Office, which has signature authority, ASA & IMS are
considering revising the contract. We hope they do take the concerns
seriously. Meanwhile, we have had temporary access while they discuss the
fact that we cannot legally sign their contract.

Linda Lewis
Director,Collection Management & Resource Acquisitions
University of New Mexico General Library
Albuquerque NM 87131

--On Monday, February 11, 2002, 8:20 PM +0000 Aimee Glassel
<aglassel@library.wisc.edu> wrote:

> Hello,
> UW-Madison recently tried to negotiate license terms for the American
> Statistical Association to access their e-journals via Catchword. We were
> told that they "cannot modify the license for individual subscribers" and
> that "the license must be the same for all who subscribe to [their]
> journals."  Their terms and conditions are posted at
> http://www.catchword.com/asa/tandc.htm . There were two clauses that we
> found problematic and proposed to change: termination without prior notice
> (section 4) and indemnification (Section 6c).
> The representative from ASA did say that they would review feedback from
> subscribers later in the year and possibly modify the terms. Has anyone
> else been in contact with ASA about their terms and conditions? Are there
> others who have opted not to activate access via Catchword for this
> publisher due to their terms as written?
> Any feedback, to the list or directly to me, would be appreciated.
> ********************************************
> Aimee Glassel, Electronic Resources Librarian
> General Library System - CTS * Memorial Library, Room 312
> 728 State Street * Madison, WI 53706-1494
> ph: 608/262-7120 (NEW) * fax: 608/262-4861
> email: aglassel@library.wisc.edu
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