This is the kind of response I might send to our faculty : ========================= Explanation : Most Libraries have agreed to use this CONTU "Rule of Five" They can be summed up in three sentences. 1. We do not need to pay Copyright Fees for articles that are published more than Five years ago. 2. We do not need to pay Copyright Fees for "recent" (5 years or younger) articles if we have requested five (5) or less "recent" articles from the same Title/Publication in current this year. 3. We should pay Copyright Fees for each "recent" (5 years of younger) article if we have already filled five (5) "recent" articles from that same Title/Publication in this current year. Justification : The CONTU "Rule of Five" is an attempt to make sure that the library's use of a title is within "Fair Use". If use of a title exceeds this "Rule of Five" it could be said that we would be using ILL in lieu of a valid complete subscription to the title. Pursuing and paying for Copyright Fees for titles that exceed this "Rule of Five" is considered fair and reasonable since it would paying for small portions of copyright for each use. If we find that the Copyright Fees begin to exceed the cost of a full subscription to a Title then our library should consider getting a subscription. ======== Good Luck -- Todd Puccio Director of Technical Services / Librarian Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division Library 3200 S. University Drive Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328 (954)262-3114 or ext 2-3114 [log in to unmask] -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of LaGasse, Jill Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2011 3:27 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: REF ?: CONTU "Rule of Five" Does anyone have a way to explain the CONTU "Rule of Five" (for ILL) that is basic and to the point? I am a solo librarian in a relatively small library. I have a physician that is, apparently from a listserv or such, requesting multiple articles - many from the same journal and/or issue / many are prepub alerts also. I have reached the guidelines limit on at least 2 titles so far. In the past, the library has absorbed the CCC cost, but this is excessive and I need a way to tactfully explain that this cannot occur month after month. Any suggestions on the best way to handle this would be appreciated. Jill M. LaGasse, MLS Medical Librarian St. John's Regional Medical Center Medical and Consumer Health Library 2727 McClelland Blvd. Joplin, Missouri 64804 [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] Phone: 417-625-2275 Fax: 417-659-6724 This e-mail contains information which (a) may be PROPRIETARY IN NATURE OR OTHERWISE PROTECTED BY LAW FROM DISCLOSURE, and (b) is intended only for the use of the addressee(s) named above. If you are not the addressee, or the person responsible for delivering this to the addressee(s), you are notified that reading, copying or distributing this e-mail is prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please contact the sender immediately.