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Re: CD-ROM backups (revisited?)

But bound print journal issues have proven over time to be a much more
"permanent" archive than any electronic medium thus developed. From that
standpoint, the comparison below is not as simple as Dr. Edelson would
have us believe.

Adrian Alexander
Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium

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At 05:14 PM 7/1/99 -0400, you wrote:
>If you simply ask yourself whether a book publisher would object to a
>library's making photocopies of a title as a "back up", I think you have
>your answer.
>Alan M. Edelson, Ph.D.
>Kenneth R Irwin wrote:
>> Hello folks,
>> I'm new to this list and I hope this is actually on topic: a brief
>> discussion of the subject appears in the archives from ca. 1996.
>> Do many products' licenses allow libraries to make backup copies of
>> circulating CD-ROM materials? Our library is just beginning to deal with
>> the issues surrounding circulating CD-ROMs and our director is interested
>> in pursuing such backups if they are legal.
>> I'm sure providers would be none to keen on having us replace *lost*
>> (read: stolen, in most cases) CDs with backups, but what about replacing
>> damaged CDs. Some get pretty beat up and unusable in circulating.
>> Any thoughts? (If making such backups is largely illegal -- or even if
>> it's not-- I'd be interested in hearing (off list, as it's certainly
>> off-topic) about other libraries' strategies for protecting the discs from
>> harm.
>> Thanks,
>> [/|\]  Ken Irwin  -=-  kirwin@wittenberg.edu  -=-  (937) 327-7594
>> |-+-|  Reference/Electronic Resources Librarian
>> [\|/]  Thomas Library, Wittenberg University