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Re: American Society for Microbiology

Jean Gilbertson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison writes:

Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 08:33:58 -0600
From: Jean Gilbertson <gilbert@vms2.macc.wisc.edu>
Subject: Re: American Society for Microbiology
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries are also very disappointed
with ASM's definition of an institutional/site license.  There is a 30%
surcharge to get electronic along with print and, for that hefty price, we
only get access in the same library that the print is in.  This is one of
the most restrictive "institutional" licenses I've seen. It provides no
added value.  I am also working with a group of faculty on this campus who
are unhappy about this.  We have not yet sent our communication to ASM.

Jean Gilbertson             PHONE: 608-263-6864
Library Director            EMAIL: gilbert@macc.wisc.edu
Steenbock Memorial Library  FAX:   608-263-3221
University of Wisconsin
550 Babcock Drive
Madison, WI 53706


At 06:01 PM 11/23/98 EST, you wrote:
>Do other libraries find the proposed American Society for Microbiology
>licence rather strange?
>The ASM restricts the licence to a BUILDING, charging extra fees for extra
>buildings.  At McGill we have a general policy of offering all
>library-purchased e-titles to all users and the costs of covering all our
>buildings would be far too high.  McGill's IP addresses are not strictly
>linked to a building, so even if we wanted to do this we would find it
>Due to the ASM rules McGill will not be subscribing to their, very useful,
>e-journals and Faculty members here who are ASM members are lobbying their
>David S. Crawford
>Health Sciences Librarian
>McGill University
>Montreal,  CANADA