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NASIG 29th Annual Conference
Taking Stock and Taming New Frontiers
May 1-4, 2014
Ft. Worth, Texas

Established in 1985, the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication. NASIG welcomes anyone interested in the serials information chain. Inspired by the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG), NASIG held its first conference at Bryn Mawr College in June 1986. The annual conference, usually held in late May or June, offers a premier opportunity to meet others representing the diverse interests of the serials community and to hear speakers who are on the cutting edge of scholarly communication.
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Saturday, May 3 • 3:50pm - 4:50pm
Lassoing the Licensing Beast: How Electronic Resources Librarians can build competency and advocate for wrangling electronic content licensing.

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I argue that the role Electronic Resources Librarians (ERLs) have in licensing electronic content is the most relevant within the ERLs core responsibilities. While ERLs are rarely also lawyers, the role they play in educating stakeholders, negotiating with publishers and vendors, and crafting understanding of licensing terms is integral for the success of a rapidly growing and changing electronic collections environment. Due to this rapidly changing environment, it may be difficult for library science programs to stay current with course offerings in the current licensing best practices, and ERLs often-times have to learn these skills on the job. In this session I will highlight specific examples of library licensing language, including topics such as archival rights, perpetual access, interlibrary loan, and reserves, providing a foundation for the ERL's significant role in electronic content licensing. I will share insight into these examples of how I applied the curriculum I received during library school, on the job training, and unique personal experiences to inform the audience on how to navigate through electronic content licensing. I will demonstrate ways ERLs can continue their education and thus work more closely with stakeholders to foster support for the library's role in licensing. In addition, I will provide some insight as to how ERLs can manage these responsibilities along with the range of day-to-day responsibilities.

1) Provide a framework for understanding the history and justification for the inclusion of licensing in the Core Competencies for ERLs
2) Outline resources for new librarians and students to engage in further education about electronic content licensing
3) Detail a toolkit for educating and advocating for a librarian's role in electronic content licensing

Attendees will walk away with knowledge on how to build their licensing competency and advocate for the ERLs role in electronic content licensing.


Shannon Regan

Licensed Content Librarian, Mercer University
Shannon Regan is currently the Licensed Content Librarian for the Mercer University Libraries in Georgia. She gained valuable on-the-job training as the Electronic Resources Specialist at the George Mason University Libraries. Her interest in electronic resources licensing began while working on a photographic digitization project at the Oakmont Carnegie Library while attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh.

Saturday May 3, 2014 3:50pm - 4:50pm
Texas A/B

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