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Re: Authority to sign licenses: How much staff time?
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- Subject: Re: Authority to sign licenses: How much staff time?
- From: Steve Cramond <email@example.com>
- Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 23:16:16 EST
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At 10:57 PM 3/1/99 EST, Fred Friend wrote: >Steve Cramond's message brought a wry smile to my face, because like >others I have tended to think that the spread of model licences will save >us all a lot of time......even with a good model licence like the >PA/JISC Model Licence (which can be seen on the Liblicense Web site), we >are spending a lot of time adapting it for the particular situation of >NESLI, our national purchasing arrangement for electronic journals. The >pressure to change clauses in the model licence for this particular >situation is not coming from the academic community but from solicitors >representing interested parties. It still helps to have the framework of >the model licence in place but let nobody be under the illusion that the >existence of a model licence reduces the signing of a licence to a >formality. Fred's point about using model licences - such as NESLI's - is a good one, and I didn't mean to suggest that individual libraries or consortia should spend a lot of time re-inventing that particular wheel. I am still interested, though, in discovering how much time individual libraries are spending on the process of negotiating, or renegotiating, with publishers/vendors the acceptance of the terms of a model licence. Even in the UK, with the NESLI licence, I assume that individual libraries are still going to be left to pursue negotiation with publishers not now involved with NESLI or CHEST? Regards, ___________________________________________________________________ Steve Cramond Electronic Information Resources Librarian University of Adelaide Library eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +61 8 8303 3629 Fax: +61 8 8303 4369 Postal Address: University of Adelaide Library, Adelaide SA 5005, Australia
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