The Black, White, and Gray Areas of Licensing: A Review and Update for Librarians and Publishers

An ALCTS webcast.

Building on a preconference offered at ALA Annual 2010 entitled “Taming the Licensing Tiger,” the presenters will carry on the conversation around library licensing issues and answer questions submitted in advance by attendees. Using an interactive approach employing chat, audience polling and presubmitted questions, the presenters will cover hot topics and current challenges facing libraries in licensing digital content. The presenters represent the viewpoints of a publisher (Robert Boissy), an academic library (Becky Albitz) and a consortium (Tracy Thompson-Przylucki).

Originally presented on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Get your pressing licensing questions answered by a panel of experts!
  2. Learn the definitions of specific terms of art for licensing.
  3. Understand the issues in licensing e-content for libraries today.
  4. Explore the effects of the current economy on licensing practices.

Who Should Attend

Librarians with some licensing experience who are interested in learning more or have questions they want to have answered.


Becky Albitz is the Electronic Resources Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University. She holds degrees from the University of Rochester, Penn State, and The University of Pittsburgh, and currently is working on her doctorate in higher education at Penn State. Becky has co-taught the ARL online licensing workshop and has also given numerous presentations and workshops on copyright and licensing issues. Her book Licensing and Managing Electronic Resources was published by Chandos Publishing in 2008.

Bob Boissy is Manager of Account Development & Strategic Alliances for the publishing house Springer, where he has worked for nine years. Bob received his MLS from SUNY Albany, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from Syracuse University. He currently serves as Vice President/President Elect of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG), and contributes to two NISO working groups: shared electronic resource understanding (SERU), and presentation and identification of e-journals (PIE-J).

Tracy L. Thompson-Przylucki has served as the Executive Director of NELLCO since 2001. In that capacity she negotiates license agreements on behalf of more than 115 law libraries throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia. Prior to joining NELLCO Tracy served as International Reference Librarian for the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School. She holds a B.A. from the University of South Florida (’94) and a J.D. from Yale Law School (’97).




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