loan etiquette versus identification requests

Fred Rickson ricksonf at BCC.ORST.EDU
Tue Oct 5 09:35:52 CDT 1999

However, if specimens sent for ID are not being given attention, then
requesting them back should certainly be proper.  If not, why not, as
presumably the IDer agreed to look at the material is some timely fashion
either explicitly or implicitly.

Fred  Rickson
> From: christian thompson <cthompson at SEL.BARC.USDA.GOV>
> Subject: Re: loan etiquette versus identification requests
> Date: Tuesday, October 05, 1999 9:12 AM
> The posted comments on loan etiquette are interesting, but there is one
> aspect that remains unclear from Stuart's original post.  He wrote:
> >suggestions please: in late l995 i was asked if i would send some
> >specimens overseas for identification. a loan was made up ...
> What has been posted about loans is OK, but if one is really speaking
> an identification request other considerations are involved.  While
> identification requests may be treated by some organizations as a "loan,"
> they are NOT and should not be confused.
> A loan is something a person wants to borrow for their research, whereas
> identification request is asking for someone to perform a service for
> research/benefit. Hence, there is a fundamental difference, if it is a
> you can set the criteria for the transaction, but if you want an
> identification then the identifier set the criteria.
> F. Christian Thompson
> Systematic Entomology Lab., USDA
> Smithsonian Institution
> Washington, D. C. 20560
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