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Re: exploitation of "Auditory List" as a free "Article Request" list

Dear Brian and members of the list,
I disagree with Brian's characterization of article requests as "rather excessive use of this list for obtaining articles". Personally, I have a hunch that the frequent article requests might better reflect flaws in the library system (amongs others) rather than plain laziness.
Unfortunately, I don't have data to confirm this impression (does anyone?). However, we usually see immediate responses to article requests made on the list, in opposition to the alternatives Brian points out. Ultimately, I feel that this discussion is very in line with ongoing debates on issues about intellectual and property rights, and I think we all could very much benefit from actively engaging in it.
Marcelo Caetano

De: Brian FG Katz <brian.katz@xxxxxxxx>
Para: AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Enviadas: Segunda-feira, 6 de Agosto de 2012 11:57
Assunto: [AUDITORY] exploitation of "Auditory List" as a free "Article Request" list

Dear list members,

I would like to bring to people's attention the rather excessive use of this
list for obtaining articles. While I understand that some articles may be
hard to find, being old, or in obscure journals, the constant flow of
requests for articles that are clearly available, albeit for a fee, is
something of an abuse of the list and also the library system.

Student especially should profit from the systems in place at their
respective institutions, and if need be actually go to a library. Many
libraries also offer article retrieval services, which should be *fully*
exploited before make a global request to the open community.

Students are also encouraged to contact the authors directly to obtain
difficult articles, as a means of expressing interest, and possibly opening
a dialog.

Only as a last resort should the list be used as a resource for "freely"
obtaining your bibliographic references.


-Brian FG Katz
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