UKSG Licensing Skills for Librarians: Manchester

20 May 2016 09:00

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
•    be aware of the issues around licensing for additional users, including those at partner organisations.


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.


6th Floor, Churchgate House (Bridgewater 1&2)
56 Oxford Street
M1 6EU

Tel.: 0161 413 7600 (Administration)


10.00   Registration and coffee

10.30 to 12.30 Morning session

Introduction to licences 

  • What are licences?
  • Why are they used?
  • How are they useful?
  • What are the issues for libraries with publishers’ licences


The Jisc Model Licence and its development 

  • Why do we use a model licence?
  • What are the key clauses?
  • What are the key differences between a model licence for journals, datasets, e-books and video?
  • What are the recent developments in licensing?

11.25-11.40  Break
Group workshop session

  • Reading a 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

Licensing for additional authorised users

  • A look at the issues around licensing for additional users, including those at partner organisations, and the Jisc Decision Tool

Summary and conclusion

  • What have we learnt?


The course will be facilitated by Ben Taplin and Carolyn Alderson.  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.  Carolyn is Deputy Director at Jisc Collections.  She was previously Head of Licensing and has a background in negotiation and licensing.

How to book

Booking for this course has now closed.  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 Thursday 12 May 2016 - full refund
From Friday 13 May 2016 - 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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