[Athen] Alternate Text for book rentals?

Hunziker, Dawn A - (hunziker) hunziker at email.arizona.edu
Tue Jul 26 09:25:23 PDT 2016

Hi all,

We ask for proof of ownership (a receipt, a picture of the front few pages of the book, etc). When we provide the electronic version of the text, our email includes a statement about not sharing the content due to copyright restrictions. As much as we work towards following copyright, there's also nothing stopping the student from buying the book, showing us the receipt/book and then promptly returning the book... And, like Robert stated, we aren't the copyright police, our job is to ensure access.

We also provide electronic files for rented textbooks and library books as long as they are related to the student's research.

Have a great day!


Dawn Hunziker
IT Accessibility Consultant

Disability Resource Center
hunziker at email.arizona.edu<mailto:hunziker at email.arizona.edu>

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of KRISTA L. GREEAR
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 8:36 AM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] Alternate Text for book rentals?

This is a concern I have struggled with. Ultimately, I don't feel it is my responsibility to monitor use or potential use of electronic/printed textbooks. My job is to provide reasonable academic accommodations and to do my best to minimize copyright issues. I have students sign an agreement saying they will use the files appropriately for their own academic use or else they are subject to university conduct/copyright law. And I have consulted with my director and our disability lawyer regarding this issue as well as buying books from friends, borrowing from library or obtaining through other means.

Yes, I have provided PDFs for rental books.

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Adam Kosakowski
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 8:25 AM
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Subject: [Athen] Alternate Text for book rentals?

Hello ATHEN!

For students who rent their books for a semester and need alternate texts, have you given PDF files to them as per their accommodations? I feel there is the worry that they could steal the book by copying and pasting it the digital book file while they are renting the physical book during any given semester. How have you handled this in the past?

A new Director

Adam Kosakowski
Director of Student Accessibility Services
Clark University
AKosakowski at clarku.edu<mailto:AKosakowski at clarku.edu>
Student Accessibility Services website<http://www2.clarku.edu/offices/aac/ada/index.cfm>

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