Stanford finds students buying e-texts already purchased by campus libraries

August 8, 2013

US college students are spending hundreds of dollars on rights to digital versions of readings to which they already have free access at their campus library, reports Inside Higher Ed. Catherine Tierney, an associate librarian at Stanford University, says that faculty and students are often unaware of what is available at the library – a problem that many universities are attempting to solve. A couple of years ago, Stanford developed an in-house program to automate copyright clearance, which has since resulted in a spin-off company that sells programming to other universities as well. The Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange (SIPX) allows faculty to compile digital reading lists and check to see what readings are freely available, which would prevent the sort of inadvertent double-spending that Stanford found. It also automates the purchase of individual texts from a variety of publishers that aren't available for free at university libraries. Inside Higher Ed