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Wiley to provide emergency access to scholarly content after a natural disaster -

Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc., US, has announced that they have approved a Natural Disaster Access Clause that will extend licensed electronic content to emergency workers, students, faculty, and academic institutions affected by a local, national or global natural disaster. The first license to include this clause is the Wiley Online Consortium License with the University of Texas System and Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library.

Following a major natural disaster, emergency workers, students, faculty, and institutions displaced to other communities may need access to critical scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly information. Under the Natural Disaster Access Clause, Wiley will allow a licensee to provide affected groups with electronic access to its licensed products via the licensee’s secure network. In effect, they would be considered ‘authorised users’ of a licensee with full rights afforded to them.

Such an arrangement was put in place after Hurricane Katrina, when displaced students, faculty, and emergency workers came to institutions in the UT System and served by the HAM-TMC Library that needed access to licensed materials. Wiley agreed to extend their license to these groups, so the parties have a history of working together to help displaced people gain access to the information they need.

This initiative is scheduled to take effect immediately. Institutions needing more information on emergency access following a major natural disaster should contact

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