Regarding the new New York Times and their looming paywall

March 25th, 2011 by Clay Williams

We would like to begin by saying that the CUNY Libraries are looking into solutions regarding the paywall that will go into effect next week. The CUNY Chief Librarians are investigating solutions to this problem as a group, as are the individual campuses.
• Unfortunately, the New York Times has not yet developed a site license for institutions.
• Currently, we have access to the New York Times via Lexis-Nexis, but that is a text only product. It runs from 1980 to the present.
• This is also true of our subscriptions via Academic OneFile, Custom Newspapers, Gale Opposing Viewpoints, and General OneFile. All of these databases can be reached and searched from the Library’s webpage:

http://library.hunter.cuny.edu/find/databases

• None of these subscriptions has the interactivity the New York Times website can provide.
Hopefully, an affordable site license will soon be forthcoming from the publisher.

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2 Responses to “Regarding the new New York Times and their looming paywall”

  1. Hal Says:

    This is such an important topic. I wish that the Times had given libraries more lead time to plan. Anyway, this is from a Q & A that the TImes published on 3/23 with Paul Smurl, their VP for paid products:

    “Q. Our university library wishes to subscribe to the digital New York Times for campus access. How can we do that now? Do you have pricing yet?

    A. Site licenses are not available at this time, but we are planning to offer them in the future. Please stay tuned.”

    The whole article is at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/23/business/media/23talk-to-the-times.html. Hurry, though, because it. too. will soon disappear behind the paywall.

  2. Patricia Says:

    We need to be activists in advocating for library site licenses, as this is an indispensable tool for many faculty. A professor stopped me today to find out what we are doing to make the Times available to all.

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