E-Resources Licensing: Best Practices

Monday, 5/4/2020 - Monday, 6/1/2020

This course explores the role of license agreements in the e-resource environment, and details best practices for creating agreements that protect the rights of users and libraries. You'll learn about the importance of writing contracts that preserve Fair use and other rights, and how rights differ in the print and electronic environments. You will review the different levels of complexity that exist in the licensing environment, from using a SERU license to simple, single-page agreements for databases to more complex consortial e-journal package licenses.

The instructor will walk you through a typical license agreement and discuss the issues that various sections and clauses may present. You'll learn the practicalities of reviewing and editing licensing agreements, tips for working with legal counsel, and strategies for creating addenda and schedules that cover additional terms and requirements not generally part of a standard agreement. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to : 

  • Articulate to colleagues and library leadership the importance of negotiating good licensing terms.
  • Be familiar with best practices for license agreements
  • Work confidently with vendors and legal counsel to craft licenses that protect the rights of users and libraries. 

Who Should Attend

This course is useful to e-resource and other librarians that are responsible for reviewing and negotiating license agreements. While the focus is on crafting license agreements for library consortia, the practices discussed are applicable to every library setting. 


Claire Dygert is a librarian with over twenty years of experience in the academic library environment. Claire leads CDygert Solutions, LLC, a consulting company that provides services to all types of libraries. Prior to launching CDygert Solutions, Claire served as Director for E-Resources and Digital Services at the Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC). In this role, she managed a $7 million e-resources budget, oversaw a group licensing process valued at $1.5 million, and negotiated and managed over $16 million in large statewide e-journal packages and other STEM contracts.



  • $130 for ASGCLA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete and fax form (PDF Format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete and mail form (PDF Format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron, Chicago, IL 60611

Tech Requirements

ALA uses Moodle for all online educational courses. It is hosted at http://ecourses.ala.org. Learn more about Moodle at www.moodle.org 

All content for this course will be provided by the instructor. No textbook required.

The Moodle login instructions will be sent the Friday before the start date. The course site will remain open one week after the end date for students to complete any assignments.


Continuing Education Credit-A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion of each course

Although the courses are not CEU-certified, many licensing boads will accept them for credit. Requirements vary by state and school districts regarding certification and continuing education credits. The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district. If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility. Some states will review your certificate of completion and course description to determine eligibility. 


Questions about registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the course should be directed to Ninah Moore at nmoore@ala.org

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!