Using MoUs to Build Partnerships without Pressure

Wednesday, 2/10/2016
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented live on 02/10/16. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

This webinar will introduce an increasingly common method for negotiating library materials and services: the memorandum of understanding. It will present the MoU as a tool for lower-stakes arrangements that still require formal documentation and describe how MoUs are different from a standard contract under the law and in institutional practice. Finally, it will offer tips and resources to help librarians work with MoUs in their day to day practice.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Introduction to MoUs as a concept and an institutional tool
  2. Librarian preparation to contribute to and interpret MoUs
  3. Resources for developing MoUs and best practices for using them

Who Should Attend

Librarians, especially collection managers and administrators who negotiate partnerships and business agreements.


William Cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University where he provides information on copyright, licensing, open scholarship and education, and related topics. He has an M.A. in Technology & Communication, a J.D. in Law, and an M.S.L.S. in Library Science. Will worked in academic and law libraries, in constitutional litigation, and at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He is an adjunct instructor in the UNC School of Information & Library Science.



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This webinar was presented live on 02/10/16. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

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