Access and acquisition of digital content always involves some kind of rights analysis and management, even if no license is required to subscribe to that database or ejournal. What rights do libraries have to use the digital content we acquire, why do we have them, and how do we negotiate and manage them? This workshop will help answer those questions by providing a deeper, focused look at the rights associated with the digital content that libraries acquire and support, and how they are expressed through license agreements and existing copyright law. Participants will have the opportunity to advance their knowledge of the legal framework that supports the acquisition of digital content and the use of it by library users. This foundational knowledge will be combined with the practical aspects of license reviews as part of the acquisition and collection management process, as well as a discussion of how libraries comply with these agreements through their technical infrastructure, their support procedures, and through direct communication of their terms. Specific topics to be covered include an overview of licenses as legally binding contracts, how they are constructed, the type of information they contain and how they intersect with existing copyright law, how libraries should manage a breach of license terms, and the relationship between these terms and library services such as interlibrary loan, collection development policy, and support for teaching and learning.
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