Licensing Electronic Resources to Serve the Library's Mission

Licensing electronic resources must be undertaken in a way that supports the library’s mission by providing access to the highest possible number of databases, electronic journals, eBooks, and streaming media at the lowest possible cost. While the specific objectives and strategies of libraries will vary, skilled librarians must undertake a number of complex tasks in order to successfully license electronic resources. Some of the most important of these tasks or objectives include: negotiating the best possible terms in complex license agreements, maintaining positive working relationships with library vendors, communicating important information to internal and external constituencies, tracking changes in business models and relevant technologies, providing data for collection analysis, as well as coordinating their work with library administrators. This webinar series will cover these and other topics that address the needs of librarians  working with the licensing of electronic resources.

This six-part series includes the following sessions:

Learning Outcomes

During this six-part webinar series, attendees will learn the fundamental structure of contracts, commonly used terms, and how to address indemnification clauses, constraints on use permissions, problems of legal jurisdiction, perpetual access rights, and some more recent developments such as the pursuit of text and data mining rights. Contributors will also explore some complex legal issues and other aspects of electronic resources management including how to maintain positive working relationships with vendors, track important changes in business models and technologies, and control costs. Above all, attendees should understand how licensing does not occur in a vacuum, but must be well grounded in a complex chain of information exchange within and beyond the library, all of which should be undertaken to support the library’s mission as understood and implemented by the library administration. 

Who Should Attend

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


Jennifer W. Bazeley, Associate Librarian, Coordinator of Collection Access and Acquisitions, Miami University Libraries

Lori Duggan, Head of Electronic Resources Acquisitions, Indiana University Libraries

Tomas A. Lipinski, Dean of the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Monica Moore, Electronic Resources Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame

Amy Pawlowski, Deputy Director, OhioLINK

George Stachokas, Electronic Resources Librarian, Auburn University










Participant ($USD) ($USD)
ALCTS Member (individual) 43 206
Nonmember (individual)       59 283
Groups. Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point. 129 619

All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.

How to Register

Complete the individual webinar online registration form or the complete series online registration form. Sessions are listed by date and you must log in.


Contact us to register:

Call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 to reach our customer service representatives or

Register by mail for the session you would like to attend. (If you receive an error message after clicking the "register by mail" link, right-click the link and save the form to your computer.)

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, Program Officer, Continuing Education, at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or