Guidelines for Selection of Electronic Publications: Access
To assess any method of access, selectors should apply the following
IP Address Validation
Only electronic publications openly available to the campus community through
IP address validation should be added to the collection. Selectors should avoid
individual registration requirements, passwords or any other methods of
individual authentication or authorization, unless those methods are optional.
Services allowing users to voluntarily create profiles for notification of new
content are not problematic.
Publishers often limit the number of simultaneous users that can access a
given publication or service at the same time. Selectors should establish that a
given price allows for an adequate number of simultaneous users.
IP Address Subnets
The UMD campus currently includes three class B subnets. Access via class C
subnets or a limited number of computers will not provide campus-wide access.
Enforcement of Limits on Access
With electronic books, vendors may employ a variety of means to limit the
number of users who can access a book at a particular time. Some vendors simply
send a message to the user's browser that a particular service or book is
unavailable. Others have a more complicated method that allows a user to
check-out books for limited periods of time. Selectors should examine the
flexibility (for example, whether the check-out time can be altered) and
openness of any method of enforcement.