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Re: Electronic Resources and

I am involved in the production and use of journals in two ways:  as a 
librarian accessing information and as the Secretary Treasurer of AMTEC 
which publishes a journal.

It appears that the information broker who is in the business of turning 
a profit is the one who usually benefits from the document delivery 
charges, not the author, who in most cases, has given up his/her right to 
copyright to be published. this is especially true of academic 
publications.  The academic writer is generally compensated in other 
ways, such as tenure.  The publisher of the journal usually has enormous 
production costs which are rarely covered by subscriptions, at least not 
in the academic publishing environment.

It seems to me that...
A balance needs to be reached to provide the access to the material that 
the author needs to accomplish his/her goals and the cost of brokering 
the article through a business.

Mary Anne Epp

Director of Contract Administration,		email:
 Library Services				fax:  (604) 323-5577
Langara College					tel:  (604) 323-5627
100 W. 49th Ave.
Vancouver B.C.
V5Y 2Z6

On Thu, 10 Jul 1997, Pat McNees wrote:

> While the electronic/ILL future is being discussed, please do not ignore 
> the rights of authors (which many publishers do).   Remember that while 
> "scholarly publications" do not share their income with authors, more general 
> publications (including The New York Times and the Boston Globe) should be, 
> and are trying to get away with not doing so.  It would be very helpful if 
> librarians on this listserv would include the issue of "rights grabs" from 
> authors when they are figuring out the right thing to do.  If you would like 
> more information about this, I'll be glad to provide it.
> Pat McNees
> member, board of American Society of Journalists & Authors    
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