Policies for Library Use of Licensed Resources

The licensed electronic resources made available by The Yocum Library are for research, instruction, and related activities of current Reading Area Community College faculty, staff, students and other authorized users. U.S. Copyright Law (including the protections of “fair use”) and contractual license agreements govern the access, use, and reproduction of these resources. In general, authorized users may access such resources for noncommercial, educational, scholarly and research purposes. Prohibited actions generally include:

  • Sharing of passwords or authorized access codes. Sharing an access password with unauthorized users is a violation of the library’s license agreement. Non-affiliated users may, however, access most online library resources from computer terminals in the library.
  • Large-scale systematic downloading of articles or other information. Downloading entire issues of electronic journals, or attempting to create large databases from bibliographic files, is generally prohibited by publisher license agreements. Systematic downloading of content— manually or with specialized software— is detectable by publishers and traceable to specific computer addresses.
  • Modification of data or images from the resources. For example, images from the AMICO Library may not be edited or modified when copies of works are mounted locally.
  • Posting copyrighted materials on a publicly accessible web site
  • Resale or commercial exploitation of licensed information
  • Sharing proprietary or client software connected to information resources, such as that used to analyze spatial data or search and retrieve texts, is also prohibited under the terms of academic licenses.

Engaging in actions intended to circumvent or defeat access control mechanisms of the library or information provider may result in revocation of library privileges and other campus measures.

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