How to Analyze and Negotiate Library IT Contracts

Wednesday, 6/10/2020
  • 2:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM (Pacific)

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This webinar introduces a framework and best practices for effectively analyzing and negotiating contracts for the purchase of information technology (IT) products and services. It will address common concerns such as learning the legalese, developing negotiation skills, reducing legal risk, and insuring bang for your buck! The presentation will also address the impact of cloud computing, the role of open source software, current industry changes, and privacy risks.

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of buying strategies (terminology, best practices, and concepts), along with pointers on how to apply this knowledge strategically in your dealings with vendors and colleagues.

Finally, this 90-minute webinar will illustrate ways in which buying strategies can guide the library IT ecosystem toward more values-based, user-centered, and sustainable futures.

It will also include practical exercises such as annotating a real-life contract using the free tool Hypothesis, and a free checklist for library IT that attendees can use during the practical exercise of reviewing a contract.

Learning Outcomes

Learning objectives for this program include:
  • Negotiating library information technology contracts

  • Analyzing and revising IT contracts to maximize value and manage risk

  • Building IT contracts in a larger industry context of trends and needs

Who Should Attend

  • Librarians
  • Information Technology Professionals
  • Higher Education Administrators
  • Procurement Specialists


Michael Rodriguez

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Michael Rodriguez (he/him/his) is Collections Strategist at the University of Connecticut. He collaborates to conceive, communicate, and implement strategies to analyze, build, and leverage collections. Prior to his current role, Michael served as Licensing & Acquisitions Librarian, also at UConn, negotiating vendor contracts cumulatively worth millions of dollars per year. Michael holds a BA in history and English from Florida Gulf Coast University and an MLIS from Florida State University. He is President of the A CRL New England Chapter and chairs the LITA Financial Advisory Committee an d the LITA/ALCTS Electronic Resources Management Interest Group. Since 2015 Michael has led 20+ webinars, along with numerous workshops and conference presentations, on copyright, licensing, technology, and eResources management for the Boston Library Consortium, Northeast Regional Computing Program, Reference and User Services Association, LYRASIS, and others.



  • LITA Member: $45
  • Non-Member: $105
  • Group: $196

Zoom login information will be sent to registrants just prior to the start date.


How to Register

Register Online  page arranged by session date (login required)


Mail or fax form to ALA Registration

OR call 1-800-545-2433

OR email

Can't attend the live event? No problem! Register and you'll receive a link to the recording.


Tech Requirements

Live, synchronous lectures require attendee participation via internet audio. Attendees will need a high-speed internet connection (preferably wired) and a headset or speakers. We recommend attendees use headsets connected to their computers during webinars.All attendees are muted but can use the built-in chat function to communicate with presenters. The use of computer speakers with a microphone is not recommended, as this can cause echoes.The recommended browser is Mozilla Firefox, although other current browsers should also work.

Please contact us at at least 10 days in advance if you require an accommodation.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration:  call 1-800-545-2433, or email

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA.