Introduction to Electronic Resource Licensing

Unlike their print counterparts, electronic resources present formidable challenges. Prior to purchasing, a license must be reviewed and negotiated to ensure that the electronic rights meet the needs and expectations of the library.  Students will be introduced to the current best practices of licensing and learn how to read, review and understand an agreement. Participants will develop skills and strategies for engaging in license negotiations with publishers and vendors for electronic resources which can then be applied to future negotiations and renewals.

At a glance

When: Sept 23 – Nov 3, 2019

Where: Online

Cost: $250 (10% discount if you register by Sept 8)

CE Credit: 2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

Program: 308020

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Please note: UW-Madison now requires payment upon registration. If you need to pay with a check, please use the form below and mail the check with your registration.

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, (608) 262-2451

Register by fax or mail: Print out a Registration Form

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins.

Course details


  • read, review, and understand agreements
  • strategies for negotiation
  • technical standards
  • resource discovery
  • perpetual access rights
  • service delivery


Katy Collins is the head of collections at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. She was recently the manager of electronic resources at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.