G4: Anatomy of a License Agreement
Target Audience: All librarians engaged in the licensing of online materials
1. Participants will be able to identify and list the key provisions in license agreements for online materials and apply the provisions to the library and patrons' use of the licensed material.
2. Participants will be able to analyze and demonstrate knowledge of the major terms and conditions of an electronic license and with industry standards to library directors, financial officers, and vendors.
Librarians are regularly faced with reviewing and approving license agreements for the acquisition of online information sources. Lack of uniformity among publisher agreements can confuse the most-seasoned librarian and put the library at risk should a completed contract not meet expectations. In this session, a panel of experts will conduct a detailed review of the elements of a license agreement, including language restrictions and their meaning, payment terms, authorized users and uses, performance obligations, indemnification provisions, and definition of key terms. Panelists will also summarize relevant provisions of the Principles for Licensing Electronic Resources and the AALL Guide to Fair Business Practices.
Coordinator: Michael G. Bernier, BNA; Moderator: Christine L. Graesser, Connecticut Legislative Library; Speakers: Lesley Ellen Harris, Copyrightlaws.com; Katherine Lowry, Baker & Hostetler; Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki, New England Law Library Consortium, Inc.