Lots of New York Times readers were disappointed when the Times took away free access to editorials and commentaries and turned it into the subscription-only TimesSelect. Well those of us working in higher education are getting a break from the Times. They recently announced that as of March 13 students and faculty with an “edu” email address would be eligible to get free access to TimesSelect. From the press release:
Beginning on March 13, subscriptions to TimesSelect will be available for free to all registered college students and faculty with a .edu in their e-mail addresses. TimesSelect is NYTimes.com’s paid offering that provides exclusive access to 22 columnists of The Times and the International Herald Tribune as well as an array of other services, including access to The Times’s archives, advance previews of various sections and tools for tracking and storing news and information. Current student subscribers will receive pro-rated refunds for their previously paid subscriptions. College students interested in registering for free TimesSelect subscriptions should go to www.nytimes.com/university for more information.
Take note that it doesn’t say anything about free for librarians – and who the heck is actually buying all the New York Times content anyway. Talk about being disrespected. Anyway, if you want to get free access to TimesSelect you’ll have to adhere to the idea that librarians are practically faculty. When you fill out the form you have to choose student or faculty. When I first tried to register the form kept forcing me to identify my graduation date – even when I indicated my status was faculty. Dumb form! When I tried the form again the next day it did let me register as a faculty member. You may want to spread the word on your campus. It’s not exactly the “benefits of membership”, but something like that. Let’s see how long this stays free.