Licensing Electronic Resources in Library Consortia

Wednesday, 10/3/2018
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This session was preented on October 3, 2018. Accedd the recording and materials now:

This is part 6 of the six-part series, Licensing Electronic Resources to Serve the Library's Mission

OhioLINK supports 120 libraries across 90 institutions in the state of Ohio. A large part of OhioLINK’s work centers around shared licensing of electronic materials: databases, e-Books, and e-Journals. 
In this webinar, OhioLINK’s Deputy Director, Operations and eLicensing will cover what is involved when working on a consortial license and the factors considered when working through the following:
  • How we approach acquiring and renewing/cancelling content. 
  • How we determine if a package meets the needs of our members. 
  • The different ways content is offered to members to ensure it meets all of our member’s needs. 
Vendor Negotiations
  • What data points and information we make sure to know before engaging in a negotiation and how it may differ from individual institution negotiation efforts.
  • How we work with vendors when determining price and what we do internally to ensure accuracy. 
  • The pressure points which consortia contend with that make or break a deal.
  • What terms and conditions, language, and information we try to address in a consortial license. 
Communication to Membership
  • How we approach communicating licenses and their terms to the community.

Learning Outcomes

This webinar will:
  • Help participants understand why a consortia offers specific deals and how they relate to membership content needs.
  • Help participants understand how negotiating a consortial deal is different from an individual institution resource negotiation. 
  • Review the difference between contract terms/content in a consortial contract vs. a contract for an individual institution. 
  • Help participants understand how licensed content is communicated within a consortium. 

Who Should Attend

Librarians and staff working that work on licensing and/or collection development.


Amy Pawlowski, the Deputy Director at OhioLINK, manages OhioLINK’s operations and e-Resource negotiations. Amy came to OhioLINK from the Cleveland Public Library, where she was the web manager and oversaw e-Resources for CPL and CLEVNET. She was the first partner services manager at Overdrive, an archivist for the Cleveland Orchestra and worked for several academic libraries. Amy has taught information literacy, serves on a number of advisory groups and is a regular conference presenter.



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