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Humanist Archives: April 14, 2020, 8:17 a.m. Humanist 33.762 - access to journals

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        Date: 2020-04-13 13:14:00+00:00
        From: Francois Lachance 
        Subject: incentizviing use < differential pricing < Re: [Humanist] 33.756: access to journals


Chiming in to this discussion. The Humanist gremlin delayed the post below.
However the delay has been quite good it allows me to think about how a lesson
may be taken from the domain of philanthropy where donation options deal not
only with amount, but also timing as well as giving options to alert a friend or
loved one via an e-card.  [This amounts to a gamification of philanthropy but
pleasantly so.) I have in mind the example of St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto.
Well worth checking out their site for possible elements for libraries and
subscription services in both designing access and incentivizing usage). [Hope
their stretch of the imagination has been a bit more verbose than my usual
gnomic pronouncements.]


I suppose you remember Fort Book (home on its 14th floor to the Centre for
Humanities Computing [I think that is what it was called]) at the University of
Toronto also known as Robarts Library. The 14th floor had two sections blocked
off from each other (The Centre for Comparative Literature was in the other
section separated from Humanities Computing by the architecture but not
necessarily by disciplinary design).

As much as I love riding the elevator and through Alumni library privileges I
have access to the stacks, I miss the interaction with the librarians (they used
to be everywhere - in the stacks, at the reference desk, at the greeting info
desk, at circulation, at the media room).  They even helped me access the Lyrica
stations for those of us that don't have access to the online resources.

Unfortunately the Lyrica stations are for in library use. I can't access
JStor etc. from home.

I would love to know before I approach the UoT library is there are other
institutions out there that offer differentiated pricing for services to their
patrons. I have in mind forgoing access to the stacks (and relying on retrieval
- you can scan the shelves online via One Search) and asking to have access to
remote access to online materials to be my preferred combo. (I now pay a modest
sum per year for my library privileges to one of the best research libraries in
the world.)

Are there examples out there that we can draw on and emulate?

I was thinking today you


Francois Lachance

to think is often to sort, to store and to shuffle: humble, embodied tasks

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