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Licensing: A Plain English Overview

"Licensing." Just the word can strike fear into even an experienced librarian's heart, yet it doesn't need to be that way. Join us for a discussion of what makes up a license, similarities and differences between licenses for different types of resources, what might be "deal breakers," and the role of vendors, publishers, librarians, and consortia in this process, all in plain English!

Technology Forum Panel

Julie BlakeJulie Blake is the Assistant Director for Electronic Licensing at OhioLINK, a consortium of approximately 90 academic libraries in Ohio. She earned a MLIS from Indiana University and a MBA from St. Cloud State University. A native Ohioan, she worked at academic libraries in reference, electronic resources, administration, collection development and acquisitions/licensing in North Carolina, Minnesota, and Maryland before returning "home" in 2011.

Diana MitchellDiana Mitchell is the Manager of Member Services at Midwest Collaborative for Library Services in Lansing, Michigan. Her responsibilities include coordinating group license activities and group discount programs for libraries, negotiating pricing and license terms with vendors, and working with vendors to create targeted marketing programs for new products and services. In addition, Diana is responsible for member assistance and responds to inquiries for web-based databases, electronic journals, electronic books and software.

Jim StemperJim Stemper negotiates licenses for the University of Minnesota Libraries. He is also the coordinator of its Organizational Data project, whose goal is to develop framework, implement infrastructure, and provide organizational capacity to capture, manage, and exploit data about Libraries' activity and use of Libraries' assets that enables strategic directions and assessment.