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RE: UMI's image removal

Ramya Subramanian raises an important point. How do you manage licenses
for full-text journal databases, when the agreements between vendor and
publisher may not match the contract year? A library might be interested
in a specific full-text vendor because of specific titles offered. What
happens when a publisher decides to opt out? 

As I understand it, vendor/publisher licensing cycles are usually fairly
short-term........generally a much shorter term than the library/vendor
licenses. Do libraries ever do anything to make sure that titles covered
at contract signing stay in effect until the end of the contract year?? 

Bernie Sloan

Bernie Sloan
Senior Library Information Systems Consultant
University of Illinois Office for Planning & Budgeting
338 Henry Administration Building
506 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL  61801
Phone:  217-333-4895
Fax:       217-333-6355

>From: 	Ramya Subramanian[SMTP:afrs1@UAA.ALASKA.EDU]
>Sent: 	Thursday, October 23, 1997 5:06 PM
>Subject: 	UMI's image removal
>Hello everyone.
>We recently had a rather unnerving experience with UMI's ABI Inform
>Proquest Researcher II on CD, when it chose to remove (retrospectively) 
>all the images of about 1/2 a dozen important titles.  I am sure there are
>a number of libraries who, in these times of limited resources, tend to
>cut back on print subscriptions when full-text images are available
>online. Keeping up with the vendor's adds and drops is turning out to be a
>collection development nightmare. 
>I am writing to find out from this group:
>a. how other libraries are dealing with the repercussions of cd-rom
>vendors-publishers' agreements/disagreements,
>b. whether libraries are collectively voicing their concern about what
>seems to be a fairly regular problem these days with full-text products,
>c. how we can make our licenses with full-text product vendors more
>sympathetic to library needs. 
>I would appreciate hearing how some of the libraries have creatively dealt
>with these issues.    
>Thank you. 
>-Ramya Subramanian
>Electronic Resources Librarian          Phone: (907) 786-1846
>Rm 114, Consortium Library              Fax: (907) 786-6050
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