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A course from Jisc CollectionsCourse summary


November 04 2015 - 09:00
November 04 2015 - 17:00

About the Event

A course from Jisc Collections

Course summary

Electronic publishing has brought huge changes to learned information provision and to the role of librarians and other information professionals.  ‘Ownership’ of content is no longer a simple matter of receiving and storing print copies on a shelf.  Publishers and intermediaries license access to electronic resources, and so the licence has become a feature of most sales agreements.

Information professionals consequently need to become familiar with the terms and conditions of licences, their meaning and their implications.   

Why you should attend

The course is designed for librarians involved in e-resource purchasing in academic institutions; librarians in these institutions who are being trained to undertake purchasing roles will also benefit from attending.  Participants will gain a good understanding of the key issues surrounding publisher licensing and negotiations, together with practical skills and knowledge which they will be able to use in their professional lives.  

Jisc Collections has an international reputation for expertise in the negotiation and licensing of scholarly online resources.  It currently manages around 200 agreements and its model licence is seen as a ‘gold standard’ across the academic sector.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course participants will:

•    understand the key issues surrounding publisher licensing, and how these impact libraries
•    be familiar with the concept of a Model Licence and the important clauses in publisher licences
•    be familiar with the principles of successful negotiation of terms and conditions in the context of licensing online information resources
•    understand the fundamental dos and don’ts of e-resource licence negotiation
•    be aware of the legal implications that licence terms have for their institution
•    understand the latest issues and concerns related to licensing.


UKSG members: £200.00 + £40.00 VAT [20%] (total £240.00)
Non-members: £250.00 + £50.00 VAT [20%] (total £300.00)

The fee includes refreshments and lunch.


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (Bessemer Room)
297 Euston Road

Tel.: 020 7451 7300 (Reception)


10.00   Registration and coffee

10.30 to 12.30 Morning session

Introduction to licensing

  • What are licences?
  • Why are they used?
  • How are they useful?
  • What are the issues for libraries with publishers’ licences?
  • How do libraries make their users aware of licence Ts & Cs and enforce them?

The Jisc Model Licence and its development

  • Why do we use a model licence?
  • Structure of the licence and key clauses?
  • What are the key differences between a model licence for journals, datasets, e-books and video?
  • How do we keep the model licence up to date?

11.25-11.40  Break
Group workshop session

  • Reading a mock licence, identifying key clauses and understanding what it permits and prohibits
  • Which areas of a licence are open to negotiation?

12.30   Lunch

13.30 to 15.30 Afternoon session

Group workshop session

  • Negotiating a licence agreement with a publisher

Recent developments in licensing

  • What issues have become more pressing in the last few years?

Summary and conclusion


The course will be facilitated by Ben Taplin.  As Jisc Collections’ Licensing Specialist, Ben is responsible for drafting, negotiating and managing all of Jisc Collections' publisher licences.  He joined Jisc in 2008 after more than ten years working with serials and online subscriptions in university and museum libraries.  He is an Associate Member of CILIP. 

How to book

This course is now fully booked.  For further information please contact Karen Sadler at UKSG by e-mail or by phone: +44 (0)1865 310834.

Venue location details will be sent with confirmation of booking.


By Tuesday 27 October 2015 - full refund
From Wednesday 28 October 2015 - no refund

NB: UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.

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