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A lot of companies donate their paper collections to Universities. I've got a requester who wants 4 technical reports from the collection.

No problem, says I. Let me page them, look at them in Special Collections, and get them copied for you.

No problem, says Special Collections. We'll have them for you Wedensday after 10 am.

Except today, it's problem. The company donated the reports. Anyone can view them. But to copy them.... To copy them, you need permission. And, of course, they do not give contact details in the boxes.

What. The. Fuck?

If you're donating them, give up the bloody right to know whose copying them!!!! If you want to keep that level of control, don't put them out in a publicish library. Certainly give the Special Collections people contact details. And what happens if you go out of business? Your restrictions don't go away. So you have "For Eyes Only" documents at the library that no one can have a copy of anymore. If you want that to happen, just let the bloody things get tossed when you go out of business.



At least the client will pay handsomely for me to get their permission. At least, they will if they want me to get it for them.

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kjn From: kjn Date: August 12th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
A few years back, a large fanzine collection (mostly Swedish sf fanzines) was donated to Kungliga Biblioteket (the Swedish equivalent to the LoC). During the negotiations around the donation, the people there said that they had a lot of trouble with donations that come with strings attached, and they were starting to say "thanks, but no thanks" to such donations.
merhawk From: merhawk Date: August 13th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Kungliga Biblioteket (the Swedish equivalent to the LoC)

I know who they are.

They're just as bad as the LoC for responding to interlibrary loan requests, too. At least they're not as bad as the Russian National Library, NISCAIR, or the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze and Centrale di Roma.
kjn From: kjn Date: August 13th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
The peanut gallery might not know who they are.

Yeah, I can imagine international interlibrary loans being stranded down deep in the request piles.
merhawk From: merhawk Date: August 13th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
"Biblio" tends to give it away as to what you could be talking about. And, of course, there's always the English translation of "National Library of Sweden" that can be used. In addition, LoC is not an abbreviation for Library of Congress that everyone knows. If it was meant for the peanut gallery, you should have been spelling that out instead of letting people guess "Lord of Chaos?".

Also, it depends upon the library. Japan's National Diet Library is consistently great, even if they have to postal mail everything due to copyright reasons.
From: corruptedjasper Date: August 16th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
If you don't know what the LoC is, would you really be the sort of person who would be interested (at all) in reading about libraries? I submit that amongst the subset who cares, the abbreviation is more well-known than the name of the Swedish Biblioteket -- While it's easy to guess it's *a* library (Bibliot(h)(e)ek being the word for that in quite a few languages), it's harder to guess that it's *the* library, as it were.
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