I want to be sure that everyone knows about a new listserver relevant to the topic of this newsletter. That is LIBLICENSE-L, moderated by Ann Okerson and attorney Rodney Stenlake at Yale University. Here is the statement about the list from the welcome message:
LIBLICENSE-L is a moderated list for the discussion of issues related to the licensing of digital information by academic and research libraries. Increasingly, libraries are being inundated with information created in digital format and transmitted and accessed via computers. This list is designed to assist librarians and others concerned with the licensing of information in digital format in dealing with some of the unique challenges faced by this new medium. Information providers (creators, publishers and vendors) who deal with libraries are welcomed as members of liblicense-l. Potential areas of discussion include:To subscribe, send a message to LISTPROC@PANTHEON.YALE.EDU, and say: SUBSCRIBE LIBLICENSE-L [YOUR NAME].
* Drafting library and educational license agreements for digital information content
* Insuring that license agreements do not inordinately restrict the use of digital information
* Reconciling license agreements with the fair use provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act
* International agreements relating to the copyright of databases or other digital information in their relationship to content licenses
* Modifications of the U.S. Copyright Act as this relates to digital information via license
* Interlibrary loans of digital information in the way these relate to library content licenses.
171.2 ALCTS JOURNAL COSTS IN LIBRARIES DISCUSSION GROUP, ALA
Scott Wicks, Cornell University, email@example.com
Saturday, February 15, 1997
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Marriott Metro Center
Throwing Out the Bathwater, But Keeping the Baby:
Managing Serials in an Age of Precarious Pricing and
Louisiana State University Libraries
Director of the Library
Senior Vice President
Central Technical Services
Cornell University Library
171.3 ADVANCED ACQUISITIONS PRECONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO AT ALA
Julie Gammon, University of Akron, R1JAG@VM1.CC.UAKRON.EDU
[Received December 11, 1996.]
Attention acquisitions and serials librarians, technical services heads, library administrators, book and serial vendors and publishers:
For those of you who like to make your San Francisco travel plans early, please mark your new 1997 calendars with this ALA ALCTS advanced acquisitions preconference:
What: "Rethinking and Transforming Acquisitions Preconference"
ALCTS Business of Acquisitions Advanced Institute
Where: ALA Annual Meeting San Francisco, California
When: Thursday, June 26-Friday, June 27, 1997
[1.5 days, ending noon on Friday]
Michael Keller (Stanford University)
Carol Pitts Diedrichs (Ohio State University)
Clifford Lynch (University of California)
Tools for Achieving Consensus
EDI: The BISAC/SISAC Perspectives
Electronic License Prices: The New Frontier
Electronic License Policy: The Eternal Frontier
Managing Human Resources in Acquisitions
Informal Discussion Groups:
Acquisitions Web Sites
Acquisitions/Document Delivery Partnership
Life-Long Learning for Acquisitions
Tables Turned: Acquisitions Provides Outsourcing Services
Vendor Evaluations in the Outsourcing Environment
Costs: ALCTS members: $135
ALA members (who are not also members of ALCTS): $185
ALA/ALCTS non-members: $235
Registration begins in January 1997. Contact Yvonne McLean at the ALCTS Office for further information: (800)545-2433, ext. 5032 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete program information will be available soon on a website -- we'll announce the web address when the site is ready!
Cindy Hepfer / Julia Gammon
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
From Albert Henderson, _Publishing Research Quarterly_, 70244.1532@CompuServe.COM:
[Received December 18, 1996.]
Two contributions to No. 170 raise the question of value, too often a red herring that has nothing to do with price or price-per-whatever of journals. The value of a journal's content is latent, a potential to be yielded to the appropriate readers. Struggling without sufficient preparation, many researchers engage in useless repetition and random speculation. There are studies of journal articles to support this notion.
On the other hand, Department of Energy research done by Donald King in the 1970s provides ample support for the value of journal articles, reports, and monographs as saving many times the cost of information procurement and readers' time.
Unfortunately no one ever gets back to the librarians with a well-deserved
Christmas Bonus when information saves thousands of research dollars or
stimulates Nobel-prize winning research!
From a librarian who has convinced me of the need to remain anonymous:
[Received December 19, 1996.]
In answer to Peter Boyce, I hope he realizes that, for every complaint about the pricing of the JBC, there are thousands of librarians and scientists that are eternally grateful for the incredible value it has been over the years. If JBC were a crass commercial organization, they could probably charge ten times as much and it would still be competitive.
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