non-community member library access

Judith Montgomery jmontgom at BOWDOIN.EDU
Wed Aug 1 15:28:05 EDT 2012

Bowdoin is one of 35 libraries in the US who have joined a JSTOR Alumni access pilot. The cost was very reasonable and it has been an enormous hit with our alums. Otherwise, walk-in is it unless a license allows.


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>Subject: Re: [WEB4LIB] non-community member library access
> From the vendor side, Project MUSE defines the user community broadly
>basically saying that if you consider someone a patron, and are willing
>to manage their access, they can use MUSE:
>> A subscription to a Project MUSE collection grants unlimited access
>> to the full text of the Journal titles in that collection for
>> educational, research, and personal use by the faculty, staff,
>> students, alumni, library patrons, and other Authorized Users of the
>> Subscriber' s campus/institutional network. Distance learners,
>> alumni, and other off-campus affiliates may access Project MUSE if
>> their internet access is through the campus network or via a secure
>> proxy server.
>I know a number of schools charge alumni a small fee and then provide
>access to MUSE and other databases that allow alumni access either for
>free or for an additional charge.  But I suspect that the business and
>STM databases that outsiders would pay real money for are also the ones
>with the most restrictive licenses.
>I hope this helps,
>Brian Harrington
>Content Development Coordinator
>Project MUSE
>The Johns Hopkins University Press
>brian at
>Stew MacLehose wrote:
>> Do any academic libraries allow non-community members to access
>> electronic resources in ways other than as walk-ins?  I have been
>> tasked with finding this out.  All of our license agreements specify
>> that access is restricted to authorized users which are defined as
>> current faculty, staff and students and (in some cases) walk-in
>> users.  Has anyone negotiated access for users not covered in this
>> definition? We're pursuing alternative revenue streams and want to
>> explore the possibility of allowing non-community members to purchase
>> library access.
>> Thanks, Stew
>> Stew MacLehose, MLIS, MSEd Director of Digital Services Library
>> Services University of New England 716 Stevens Ave. Portland, ME
>> 04103 T 207-221-4535 <tel:207-221-4535> F 207-221-4893
>> <tel:207-221-4893> smaclehose at <mailto:smaclehose at>
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