Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Licensing Electronic Resources in Academic Libraries: A Practical Handbook

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Licensing Electronic Resources in Academic Libraries: A Practical Handbook

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Licensing Electronic Resources in Academic Libraries: A Practical Handbook. By Corey S. Halaychik and Blake Reagan. Cambridge, UK: Chandos, 2018. 184 p. Paper $55.27 (ISBN 978-0-0810-2107-1).

Within overall collections budgets in many academic libraries, electronic resources account for 75 percent to 90 percent of the entire budget. Given this financial commitment, there is a clear value to having a robust practitioner-directed literature for electronic resource management. Such a literature exists, and the authors of this volume seek to differentiate themselves by emphasizing the licensing process as a critical component of electronic resource management. The partnership of a librarian (Halaychik) with a legal and procurement expert (Reagan) does afford readers with a holistic institutional overview of the licensing process.

The introductory chapter of this handbook covers license fundamentals and offers a pitch for the benefits of using a master agreement. Authors include both a sample master agreement and a mock license, both with added commentary. This is one of the most useful portions of the text, particularly for anyone new to licenses. The second chapter is a discussion of process improvement strategies and the potential benefits to a licensing workflow. While the points of this discussion are valid, this may be a longer chapter than most practitioners are looking for in a handbook on electronic resources licensing. …

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