Standard License for E-Resources?
You bet! NISO now has a document, called the Shared e-Resource Understanding (SERU), created by librarians and vendors, that describes common understandings for the licensing of electronic resources. The idea is to save both libraries and vendors time and money during the negotiation phase and provide these resources to our patrons more quickly.
The document itself is very short — only 5 pages. The guidelines take up only 3 of those. Statements include:
- The Subscription
- The Subscribing Institution and Its Authorized Users
- Use of Materials
- Inappropriate Use
- Confidentiality and Privacy
- Online Performance and Service Provision
- Archiving and Perpetual Access
You can see a list of vendors/providers and libraries that have already registered and are willing to use this document in lieu of a negotiated license. UTEP, Trinity University and Amigos Library Services are currently the Texas-based organizations listed.