Exciting new access model for library’s print NYT subscription (April 1, 2011)

On Monday, The New York Times introduced digital subscriptions in the United States and the rest of the world. We at the library have been so impressed by the possibilities inherent in this model that we have decided to extend it to our print subscription to the Times.

Meet Arthur. Arthur, the library’s newest employee, will sit in the current periodicals area of the library (outside of Library 102) and monitor usage of our print copies of the Times.

If you are a home delivery subscriber of The Times (Arthur will inquire, and under the library’s honor code, you are required to answer truthfully), you will continue to have full and free access to the news, information, opinion and other features in the library’s copy of the newspaper.

If you are not a home delivery subscriber, you will have free access to 20 articles each month. (Arthur will keep track with a little clipboard.) If you exceed that limit, Arthur will snatch the paper away from you and instruct you to move along. For the rest of the month, Arthur will shoo you from the area if you attempt to pick up the library’s copy of the NYT.

Alternatively, you may elect to become a Times home delivery subscriber on the spot; Arthur would be happy to set this up for you (current, valid credit card required).

Here is how it will work:
• The Times is offering several subscription packages, so you can choose a plan that is right for you based on how much of the paper you typically read.
• Again, all New York Times home delivery subscribers will continue to have free access to the library’s copy of the NYT.
• Readers who come to Times articles through copies of the Times left around public places on campus, like the Dining Hall or Sunny’s desk, will be able to read those articles, even if they have reached their monthly reading limit.  This allows new and casual readers to continue to discover NYT content in the print edition. Users who pick up a copy of the Times in the bookstore and examine it with no intention of buying will have a daily limit on Times articles.

As you have seen during this recent period of extraordinary global news, The Times is uniquely positioned to keep you informed. The launching of the library’s limited-access print subscription model will help ensure that the New York Times can continue to provide you with the high-quality journalism and substantive analysis that you have come to expect from them.

In other news, we intend to start discarding print library books published by HarperCollins once they have circulated 26 times.

The library hopes that you are enjoying this balmy, sunny, flower-filled April 1 on campus, wishes you a *very* happy Mud Season, and –in all seriousness, for a moment — invites you to share with us any questions or thoughts you might have regarding the economics of access to information in the 21st century.

Sincerely,
Emily Alling
Library Director

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