41 SPEC Kit 355: Campus-wide Entrepreneurship
Access for walk-in users has been negotiated for recent subscriptions to online resources that
specifically support entrepreneurship.
Business databases
Campus legal counsel has reviewed licenses for electronic resources/databases.
Coordinated with the business library to expand resource coverage.
For our commercial business databases (for which we have academic licenses) we have a carefully
crafted policy that explains the proper use of the databases. Namely, the databases should only be used
for course-related work and for career searches. We give additional guidance to course-related projects
that engage outside companies and entrepreneurs—they can use databases to gather information for the
client as part of a presentation or paper, but they cannot hand over raw data or reports. The databases
are not to be used for internships or jobs. We reiterate the same policies for alumni. They may use the
databases to gather information for their own career advancement or enrichment, but not to distribute
among their colleagues, clients, etc.
Licenses have not been changed, but certain user groups have been reminded that our databases are for
education use only, not for-profit use.
Most of our database licenses include a walk-in user clause.
We have added language to one of our entrepreneurship LibGuides that clarifies that most of our online
resources are licensed for educational purposes only and that commercial use is not allowed.
We offer some alumni databases.
We were able to negotiate an expanded license for BCC Research (market research resource) for use by
our Technology and Commercialization Office (TCO). Otherwise, our licenses are for academic, non-
commercial use only.
Yes, clarification with providers and users has been necessary for most business and selected science
resources. We revised the license for Statista to accommodate walk-ins. Passport GMID (from
Euromonitor) is strictly licensed for academic purposes only and forces users to accept the terms of
use online before using the database. The provider expected the library to restrict access to this web-
based database to current affiliates instead of taking the steps of other providers to embed additional
layers of authentication. Restrictions on downloads vary: 1) Some of the databases (e.g., Thomson One
and Bloomberg) allow certain data to download but not others; 2) Some databases (e.g., Mintel Oxygen,
Market Research.com Academic) allow downloading for academic purposes but not entrepreneurial
or commercial purposes; 3) Some providers prohibit downloading for library clients (e.g., Value Line
and Hoover’s); 4) Some cap the number of records that can be downloaded (e.g., ReferenceUSA); and 5)
Other providers (e.g., IBISWorld) don’t impose restrictions. We educate our entrepreneurial audiences
on the providers’ terms for market research databases in particular and advise them to use reports only
for analysis but not distribute them to others.
Answered No N=5
Community users have access to the resources while on campus, but our license agreements specifically
state that the resources are to be used only for educational purposes, not for business purposes.
Not yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we need to do this in the future.
Our licensing agreements already contain a statement that members of the public might have access
through the main campus library and branch libraries. We limit access to specific terminals.
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