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Licensing Electronic Resources and Licensing Classes


This page compiles resources and guides for improving the licensing of electronic resources. This page is intended to help librarians and information professionals improve their capacity for licensing resources and demystify this challenging but important part of librarianship.

    An exhaustive resource for librarians, including model licenses, licensing vocabulary, licensing terms and descriptions, a bibliography, additional resources, and more. LIBLICENSE-L discussion list and instructions for joining are available as are the archives of the list.
  • Libraries and the Internet Toolkit (ALA)
    A brief guide to several of the Association’s concerns regarding licensing and libraries.
  • Licensing Electronic Resources: Marketplace and Licensing (ARL)
    A good topic overview of the issues and resources libraries may consider when licensing for electronic resources.
  • Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU) (NISO)
    Sponsored by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), SERU is an attempt to establish a statement that describes common understandings around e-resource subscriptions, allowing libraries and publishers to forgo a license by referencing the common understandings. The benefits of SERU include easier transaction of electronic resource subscriptions, rapid acquisition and minimal delay for access, and time and cost savings for both libraries and publishers.

*List compiled by MAR