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1 1 Back to the Future: the SERU Approach ER&L February 2007 Chris Martire, PALINET NISO SERU Working Group

2 2 What SERU Is Mutual understanding Libraries and publishers forego a license agreement and rely on a Shared E- Resources Understanding (SERU) Reduces processing costs Removes barriers for smaller publishers

3 3 What SERU Is Not Standard license agreement License agreements are contracts that require terms unique to each locale precluding a streamlined process. Not intended to replace or eliminate all license agreements. Not a license and is not customizable.

4 4 Exploratory Conversations Discussion Forums held at Charleston – Fall 2005 ALA Midwinter 2006 ERL 1 st conference, March 2006 ALA Summer, June 2006 Result Growing list of interested librarians and publishers

5 5 What We Learned Librarians Often had a backlog of licenses Some noted that a few publishers didnt have license agreements Publishers Most believe librarians needed licenses Face increased costs to handle paperwork

6 6 Developmental Process Engaging Organizational Support Legal consultation Representative group met in DC, Oct 2006 Created preliminary draft NISO adopted Working Group Dec 2006 ALA Midwinter meetings with stakeholders SERU Draft – expected Mar 2007

7 7 Supporting Organizations Librarians ARL - Association of Research Libraries SPARC – Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition Publishers ALPSP – Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers SSP – Society for Scholarly Publishing

8 8 Working Group Members Ivy Anderson - California Digital Library Linda Beebe - American Psychological Association Fiona Bennett - Oxford University Press Clinton Chamberlain - Trinity University Deborah Gerhardt - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries Karla Hahn - Association of Research Libraries (Co-Chair) Heather Joseph - Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition Selden Lamoureux - University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Libraries Judy Luther - Informed Strategies (Co-Chair) Christine Martire - PALINET Robert Oakley - Georgetown University Law Center Oliver Pesch - EBSCO Information Services Zachary Rolnik - Now Publishers, Inc. Kimberly Steinle - Duke University Press

9 9 Topics in Shared Understanding Subscriptions and subscribers Appropriate and inappropriate use Confidentiality and privacy Online performance and service Archival access and perpetual rights

10 10 Without a License Agreement Omit Contract Terms Jurisdiction Warranties Liabilities Force majeure Assignment Severability Purchase Order Terms What content For what price For what period How many (for whom)

11 11 How It Works Forego license and rely on shared understanding Purchase Order is acquisitions vehicle Orders placed through vendors such as serials agents or consortia SERU posted on NISO website NISO Registry for publishers & libraries

12 12 Next Steps Formal NISO Review Process Signup for SERU Information Listserv


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