B23. Proactive E-Resource Licensing: Educating Ourselves and Our Vendors Through Negotiation
Whether leased or purchased, almost all e-resources sold to libraries are subject to license agreements that establish the terms and conditions under which users, uses, rights, and responsibilities are defined. For library staff who acquire and manage e-resources, every license offers an opportunity to advocate for users through negotiation and to seek terms that are practical, sustainable, and consistent with library mission and culture. Similarly, every negotiation can be a learning experience that empowers staff to educate vendors about our needs. Libraries of any size can also benefit from the education and support infrastructure built in the last two decades by the profession itself, including the LIBLICENSE Project and other initiatives. Using several examples, this session will examine some key features of e-resource licenses, situating them in the context of contemporary academic library and consortial environments, fair use doctrine, and emerging issues. Participants for this session are strongly encouraged to bring their own examples and experience to the discussion.