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[SEMINAR] Site Licensing Seminar (October 9, 1997: London, UK)

(apologies for cross-posting)



One-day seminar  :  9 October 1997

What do we all really want?

At the Science Societies Lecture Theatre,
New Burlington Place, London W1

Libraries are forming consortia in order to share resources and to bring
their combined purchasing power to negotiate advantageous terms for the
supply of journals and other research literature.  Many are already
negotiating site licences for both printed and electronic resources direct
with individual publishers, and grappling with the complexities of
unfamiliar concepts and terminology.  Publishers are trying to meet new
demands from libraries while maintaining the financial viability of their
activities for the future.

This seminar will bring these issues together and expose the concerns of
both publishers and librarians in order to aid mutual understanding and
suggest some ways forward.  It has been designed for senior managers and
policy makers in libraries, publishing houses, subscription agencies, A &
I services and other library utility and service agencies.


Chair:  University Librarian (to be confirmed)

10.00   Coffee and registration

Introduction- Chair

History and development of site licences
Martin White, TFPL

A scene-setting survey of the development of site licences, from CD-ROM to
the UK PSLI, offerings from individual publishers, and the PA/JISC model
licence discussions

What makes a negotiating unit?
Jill Taylor Roe, University of Newcastle

The development of UK purchasing consortia and statewide purchasing
activity in the USA has illustrated the tensions between the centralised
direction of purchasing and traditional library freedom and discretion; 
the lessons to be learned

Publishing objectives and the new paradigm
Bob Campbell, Blackwell Science

Improving access and securing the revenue base; the impact of consortia
purchasing and site licensing on the economics of publishing; the
feasibility of publishers working together to create multi-publisher
licences by subject

Tailoring licensed rights to users' requirements
Sally Morris, John Wiley, and Elizabeth Heaps, University of York

A publisher's and a librarian's view of what a licence should include
and/or exclude; what terms to look out for; the need for coordination
and consistency over different licences, and for simplicity of

12.30   lunch

Inter-library loan, fair dealing and the electronic environment
Fred Friend, UCL

A robust view of what rights libraries need in order to provide a full
service to faculty and students; the importance of fair dealing and
inter-library loan in electronic materials

The role of aggregators
Albert Prior, Swets & Zeitlinger

A survey of the role of intermediaries or content aggregators in
facilitating access to electronic journals: subscription agents, library
utilities, secondary publishers etc; is there a role for intermediaries
in co-ordinating multi-publisher subject-based licences?

3.00    tea

Where does the future lie?  A look to developments in the next ten years

A summary by the Chair of the major issues exposed by the seminar, and a
forecast of how they will be resolved

Discussion and wrap-up


Registration, including lunch and all refreshments:
  UKSG members stlg 85.00 + VAT of 14.88 [99.88]
Non-members stlg 105.00 + VAT of 18.38 [123.38]

Further information:

Jill Tolson
UK Serials Group Business Manager
114 Woodstock Road
Witney OX8 6DY

Tel: 01993 703466
Fax: 01993 778879
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