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RE: Cambridge University Press

Maybe I am misisng something here.  As I understand the law, it is illegal
for librarians to tell anyone who has checked out a book or what books J.
Doe has checked out from the library.  Why do we now have to turn around
and tell a publisher who is accessing their journals?  IP names OK,
generic or departmental passwords OK (a bother and a hassle), but
individual user names NO.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From:	David Goodman [SMTP:dgoodman@Princeton.EDU]
> Sent:	Tuesday, August 25, 1998 10:12 PM
> To:	liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> Subject:	Re: Cambridge University Press
> The request of the publisher, for ip range, plus individual user names and
> passwords, seems to me the opposite of good news. (And they want user
> names and password even for their free abstracts and tables of contents!)
> One reason for the existence of libraries is so users do not have to deal
> directly with publishers for every item they might want to read. I can
> understand that publishers may want to know who their readers are, but I
> think we should continue to consider it one of our ethical
> responsibilities to enable users to access material in a way that
> specifically prevents publishers (or anyone) knowing who is accessing
> what.
> --
> David Goodman
> Biology Librarian, Princeton University Library
> dgoodman@princeton.edu         http://www.princeton.edu/~biolib/
> phone: 609-258-3235            fax: 609-258-2627