Tables of contents (TOC) routing

From: Library <techserv[_at_]access.digex.net>
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 1996 15:54:58 -0400 (EDT)

I apologize if this question has already been discussed to death. I subscribed to this list at the suggestion of several librarians on the Autocat and Serialst listservs.

Here at our non-profit association library, we manually photocopy tables of contents from several of our journals for staff who have requested them. Last year we got in-house e-mail and next year our budget includes money for a scanner. We would like to scan these TOCs into our e-mail system. A number of other libraries do this, so I'm assuming this is considered fair use. Does it make a difference whether we send the e-mail separately to each individual who requested each journal or whether we just load it in the e-mail system for any staff person to see?

The second part of the question has now come up because we have a fledgling home page on the Internet. The powers that be would like to have more information of interest to our members on the page, so we are thinking about putting these scanned TOCs on the home page. The library director and I are more uncertain about the 'fairness' of this use. Would it matter whether the TOCs were on a part of the home page only available to our members? Anticipating the next questions from the administration, what would be the implications if we librarians chose which journal TOCs were on the home page, as opposed to just putting up the ones that had been requested by staff?

I'm sorry for making this question so complicated and hope I haven't muddied the waters too much. I know some libraries link their home pages to commercial TOC services somehow, and we will be looking into that option. Also we will be checking on which of the currently requested journals have home pages and what is on them. We would appreciate any advice regarding the TOC issue sent directly to our e-mail address. In the meantime, I'll attempt to search the list archives and ask for the copyright FAQ. Thank you.

Susan Harman
Medical & Chirurgical Faculty Library
Baltimore
techserv[_at_]access.digex.net Received on Mon Sep 30 1996 - 20:02:28 GMT

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