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SFSU email [Apr. 28th, 2010|02:34 pm]
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[fearnotofman]
I know this has been posted on here before, but it was a while ago...

Now that I've graduated, how can I keep my SFSU email address? IIRC, there's some fee ($60?) to keep the email address as well as access to the library resources. Can anyone help me out?
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[User Picture]From: sylphslider
2010-04-28 09:54 pm (UTC)
I asked, and I was told that there's no way to keep the email address. In my experience, bureaucracy changes slowly so it's not like they delete it the very next day. Also, the person who told me could be wrong.

As for the library stuff - I swear, this is why people get Ph.D.s. You have to go pay to be a Friend of the Library to continue getting access to the library's resources, and even then it's very limited. I want access to JSTOR - but I can't get that through SFSU without being an enrolled student, so I bought access through Organization of American Historians for $15 a year, but I think my access is limited only to their publications. I assume it would cost a couple hundred a year to get regular access. Not being affiliated with a university is pretty much going to make it impossible for me to continue my research in any normal fashion.

Hopefully someone who knows more about this than I do will respond. I'd love to know if there's a cheaper way to keep my full library privileges and my email address, too.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-28 09:58 pm (UTC)
join the alumni association and you will get lifetime library privileges. you have to come to campus to use the databases, but there is no way to get offsite access without being student, faculty or staff. the subscriptions to the databases are insanely expensive thus they don't just give 'em away for thirty bucks or whatever.
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[User Picture]From: sylphslider
2010-04-28 10:17 pm (UTC)
I'm in the alumni association. Sadly, it's a little bit difficult to come to campus, and I anticipate that when I move out of the six-county area, it'll be even more difficult.

Even given that I'm in the AA, it's better to be a friend of the library; you get more access to more stuff (despite what the basic checklist of membership benefits says). Either way, though, you still have to be on campus to really do anything with library stuff.

I am aware of how expensive such subscriptions are - I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to cheaply get access to JSTOR and America: History and Life. It's really too bad they don't just "give them away" for 30 bucks or so. No one has yet explained to me why they don't. Do you know? Is it a question of limited amount of licenses?
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-29 12:48 am (UTC)
actually privileges for alumni and FOL are exactly the same. unless you want to be in the annex after dark? the licenses are limited and expensive.
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[User Picture]From: sylphslider
2010-04-29 01:19 am (UTC)
"Actually": one of my most favoritest words in the English language. Right up there with "merely" or "simply."

There's a chart, easy to find, on the library website that shows the benefits of each, and yes, on that chart FOL and AA are exactly the same. One would be hard-pressed to figure out why they're each offered, then. But if a person should dig deeper, that person could find differences.

If you are the same person - and I assume you are - then you still didn't answer paragraph three. Is that because you don't know, or because you don't care? And if it's because you don't care, why are you writing on this topic?
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-29 07:42 am (UTC)
i just wonder what you think the differences are. i've worked in the library for almost five years, and there are none. unless you're talking about esoteric stuff like access to the tv archives? but for all intents and purposes they are the same, except one is a lifetime membership at the same cost as two years access for the other.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-04-29 07:43 am (UTC)
and might i add, an sfsu almuni card gets you access to all csu libraries.
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