Thanks for raising the issue of "desk copy" access to Cataloger's Desktop and Classification Web.  We have consulted with LC's Office for General Counsel (OGC) on this subject and they are very emphatic that it would violate federal law for us to either give away any product for which others pay, or to have differential pricing.  Much as we would like to do what you are asking, we would be exposing ourselves to criminal prosecution if we did so.

   Your best bet is to have your parent university subscribe to these products and pay the difference between their anticipated use level and your additional anticipated use.  This is being successfully done in dozens of library schools.

Best wishes,


Bruce Chr. Johnson
President, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) 
a division of the American Library Association 


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>>> Heidi Hoerman <[log in to unmask]> 06/30/06 1:06 PM >>>
Although this survey is aimed at those who use LC for its collections, I answered this so that my heavy use of the catalogs, authority files, and MARC pages for teaching would be recorded.  I also made a point of the difficulty I have providing access to ClasWeb and Cataloger's Desktop to my students since no "onsite" licensing will work for us.  
  Maybe this will be a way for us to get LC to recognize that to us faculty they are a publisher who is not making it possible for us to push their products to our students.  
  All I want is "desk copy" access for me and semester long access for my registered students who are not doing their studying in our building -- heck some of our out-of-state cohort folks have never been in SC!  Why is this so difficult for CDS to accommodate?  We faculty are their best advertisers!

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