Is there any way that SU can allow remote database access to its alumni for a fee? I am confident that this service will be used by many graduates of SU. The benefits can be mutual as SU can charge a fee for a monthly/yearly subscription. Kind regards!
Thank you for your suggestion regarding alumni access to Libraries’ resources. Continued access is a real need and scholars are creating a number of workarounds to fill the gap [http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-34572462].
In most cases, vendor restrictions preclude us from providing access to licensed online content to anyone other than current students, faculty, and staff. A few vendors (ProQuest, EBSCO, and others) have packaged alumni versions of their materials, which are typically a subset of the full collection.
We offered two ProQuest databases for a few years that were promoted through the SU Alumni Association and our library friends organization, however use was negligible and the cost was steep, so we discontinued it as of January 1, 2014.
Therefore, access to our databases, e-journals, and articles is only available on campus. Alumni and donors can register at the Bird Library circulation desk to obtain a computer key to use.
Our Alumni Resources page (http://library.syr.edu/la/members.php) highlights some of the resources that are still available to alumni, as well as some publicly available ones that are also free for anyone to use.