Signing on the Dotted Line: Licensing Essentials for Library Professionals


There is a new, free, educational service from ALA\'s Office for Information Technology Policy.

\"Signing on the Dotted Line: Licensing Essentials for Library

Beginning February 25th through April 5th, OITP will host an online e-mail tutorial on licensing. Similar in format to the successful copyright and UCITA tutorials offered in 2000 and 2001, the licensing tutorial will cover licensing basics in 25-30 brief, but informative messages written by Lesley Ellen Harris, a recognized expert in copyright law and the author of Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians.

The tutorial will help librarians negotiate and interpret licensing agreements with confidence. Highlights include: frequently asked questions, licensing lingo tips, how to develop a licensing policy, how to be a better negotiator, and MORE. The licensing tutorial course is free to ALA members, and only $25 for non-ALA members. This is a must for those involved in licensing activities in libraries.

To sign up,
1. Send an e-mail message to: [email protected]
2. Leave the subject line blank.
3. In the body of the email type:

subscribe licensing [YourFirstName YourLastName]
(example: subscribe licensing John Doe)

After subscribing, you should receive an automated message. On February 25th, you will receive your first e-mail tutorial message on licensing. You can read your messages when they arrive, save them for later, or print them out, but we recommend reading the messages in the order that they are

Non-ALA members can also receive the tutorial by sending a $25 check or money order made out to the American Library Association. Please include your e-mail address with your check so we can subscribe you. Send the check to:

American Library Association
Office for InformationTechnology Policy
1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 403
Washington, DC 20004
Attn: Chiffonya
For more information, contact Chiffonya Brown or Carrie Russell at ALA\'s Washington Office, (800)941-8478 or write to Chiffonya at [email protected].

ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline
Volume 10, Number 90
January 14, 2002