Wednesday, August 12, 2009

E-Resources Licensing: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

NISO Two-Part September Webinar: E-Resources Licensing: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly


Not many librarians are also lawyers, but they often need to have an understanding of legal issues to succeed in their jobs. Licensing, contract, and copyright law all have significant impacts on our community. NISO's September two-part webinar, to be held on September 9 and 16 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.  (Eastern time), is your solution to the dilemma.

Part I of the webinar will provide an introduction to the basics of a license agreement as a legal contract. Participants will learn about basic legal terminology common to most licenses and what terms should be included or excluded as part of the negotiation. Mapping of the license terms to an ERM will be reviewed along with an introduction to the ONIX for Publication Licenses (ONIX-PL) schema as the mapping standard.

Part II of the webinar will review key terms in an agreement as highlighted in a sample license. The NISO Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU) recommended  practice will be introduced and compared to the sample license. The terms from the sample agreement that need to be mapped to the ERM will be highlighted. Two different agreements will be compared to show the differences or overlap in license terms.

Speakers for both parts of the Licensing webinars will be:

    *  Trisha L. Davis, Associate Professor, Rights Management Coordinator, and Head, Serials & E-Resources Department, The Ohio State University Libraries

    *  Clinton Chamberlain, Professional Librarian, University of Texas Libraries

 You can register for either webinar or both. Register for both webinars <> and receive a 25% discount! Registration is per  site (access for one computer) and includes access to the online recorded archive of the webinar. NISO and NASIG members receive a discounted member rate. A  student discount is also available. Can't make it on the webinar date? Register and gain access to the recorded archive for one year.

For more information and to register, visit the event webpages: 

Part 1:

Part 2:

This announcement has been cross-posted.

Cynthia Hodgson

NISO Technical Editor Consultant

National Information Standards Organization


Phone: 301-654-2512


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