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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Seru Agreement

Liblicense was created by the Yale University Library with the support of the Council on Library and Information Resources. This influential project paved the way for ongoing discussions on licensing issues and a substantial improvement in licensing practices by developing and promoting model agreements and standard definitions for many common licensing conditions (Okerson 1999). Once it has been recognized that transactions of electronic resources can legally take place without an agreement, it is clear that the path to a more diverse set of practices involves a mechanism for strengthening mutual trust and cooperation between libraries and publishers. The willingness of some publishers to use licensing agreements to a minimum and public discussions that challenge the assumption that universal use of agreements is inherent in the sale of electronic resources indicate that both publishers and librarians have reached a level of trust in which new approaches can be considered. Efforts to create model agreements have been successful in creating a common understanding of common licensing requirements for electronic publications and have helped, in many areas, to encourage libraries and publishers to reach mutual agreement on many issues. In 1994, the READI (Rights for Electronic Access to and Delivery of Information) project provided the Community with guidelines for contractual agreements and negotiations. These innovative efforts of the Networked Information Coalition have been based on discussions with a number of stakeholders and have defined a number of contractual elements appropriate to electronic resource licensing agreements (Ubell and Tesoriero, 1994). Six library organizations published in 1997 “Principles for Licensing Electronic Resources”, a consensus document that set out six principles that libraries expect publishers to follow in the preparation of licensing agreements (American Association of Law Libraries et al. 1997; Schottländer 1998). The Association of Research Libraries has also developed a series of workshops that have enabled many librarians and publishers to inform about licensing principles and practices (Ogburn 2001); Luther 1999). However, it was only recently that a systematic review of the accepted licensing requirement was conducted, which created a new option for organizing the relationship between publishers and librarians for electronic resource transactions.

SERU (Shared Electronic Resource Understanding) 2 is a new tool available to libraries and publishers who wish to waive a license agreement during an electronic resource transaction. Anderson, Rick…

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