A highly practical two-day workshop delivering licensing and negotiation knowledge and skills to academic librarians and consortia members involved in the acquisition of electronic resources.
Background to Workshop
Electronic publishing continues to bring major changes to the provision of teaching and research information, hugely impacting the role and responsibilities of information professionals. One critical difference is the shift from ownership to access of electronic products, particularly in relation to journals. Access is subject to terms and conditions which gave rise to the license as a feature of most acquisition agreements. Publisher licenses present libraries – and their patrons – with useful rights but also with significant restrictions and responsibilities, which means a thorough understanding of licensing language, and its effect, has become critical for librarians.
At the same time, the concept of pricing for digital journals has become fluid as institutions and consortia select the content they need and publishers and their representatives tailor deals to meet these requirements. When making these deals, publishers typically seek to maximise their income whilst libraries/consortia typically strive to control their costs, a dynamic which means negotiation has become a fundamental part of the acquisition process.
Content licensing presents significant challenges and considerable opportunities. This two-day workshop has been designed to give information professionals a good understanding of these dynamics and help them develop the resilience, the skills and the confidence they need to get the very best from each license and each negotiation. Securing better deals means such professionals will get maximum impact from their budget, deliver better value to their patrons and enhance the overall role – and value – of the library.
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- “Excellent Presentation”
- “Doing over 2 days, so that there’s more time for hands-on practice.”
- “I had lots of information.”