Letter: Response to 'Granting Alumni Access to Online Databases'

Posted by Ruth Copans, Justin Sipher and Michael Sposili

Dear Editor,

It was with great interest that we read the editorial which appeared in the The Skidmore News on Friday, March 23, 2012 titled, "Fan the flames of our education, grant alumni access to databases."  As you may or may not be aware, several members of Skidmore' administration have been actively considering the implications, both technical and financial in nature, of making this service available to alumni. We are pleased to announce that Skidmore will soon participate in a pilot project that will allow alumni to access, JSTOR resources, a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of digital content. This service contains over 1,500 academic journals and other scholarly content.  

Offering this service to alumni is not without expense. Based on the exploration we have completed to date, the fee associated with offering this service to our alumni will be $2,000 annually. Rather than looking at this as an expense, we believe, as you do, that this investment will provide Skidmore alumni with yet another benefit as a graduate of the College. 

Specific information about how alumni will be able to access JSTOR resources will be made available to alumni this summer and it will be publicized in upcoming editions of SCOPE Monthly, the College's electronic newsletter. Additionally, a link will be provided via the Library Website.


Ruth Copans               Justin Sipher                             Michael Sposili

College Librarian         Chief Technology Officer         Director of Alumni Affairs &

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