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

Thank you Al for making a point that appears to have been overlooked and is highly pertinent to the matter at hand. I might also add that the journal-access problem is also sometimes an issue for researchers in universities that might appear to be well funded - this is often not actually the case in practice: University Departments run on budgets that are increasingly diminishing and Library funding is often a target for cutbacks. There are several journals of interest to me that we do not have a current subscription for, mostly because to get access to one journal necessitates subscribing to a group of journals, many of which are not of interest to our readers. (This is a larger issue that I will not go into, though one that will be familiar to many on this list.)

I have always taken the view that anyone who requests a paper from members on the list will first have attempted to access it by whatever (legitimate) channels are available to them; failing those, they email the list for assistance. Personally, I have no problem with this use of the list - I have both requested and provided articles when the need arises. Furthermore, I consider it perfectly reasonable that a community of like-minded researchers should assist one another in the spirit of not impeding research, which we may all benefit from in the future. 


Josà Ignacio AlcÃntara 

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On 6 Aug 2012, at 22:42, Al Bregman <al.bregman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Regarding the requests for articles, I would like to remind everyone
> that many members of this list live in countries where the
> universities and libraries are grossly underfunded and therefore can't
> subscribe to many journals, and may not have an inter-library loan
> system in place.  Any articles that we can send them (directly rather
> than via the list) will help these list members to develop arts,
> science, and technology in their countries.  (Another reason why
> blanket rules can result in unwanted consequences).
> Cheers,
> Al
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> On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 1:48 PM, David Morris <dmorris@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Having recently posted the on the list requesting an article (a golden oldie from more than half a century ago, that no library in my vicinity could produce) one can't help but feel vilified by Brian's mail.  I'm sure that wasn't his intention, and us article-hustlers should take it in the reasonable house-keeping spirit with which it was probably intended.
>> On the other hand, seven member of the list subsequently wrote to me off list and requested a copy.  Perhaps we should all adjust our mail filters to reflect our interests and avoid an exchange like the one we had over Positions Vacant postings - unproductive and unresolved.
>> David Morris