Contracts and licensing happen in all libraries. Whenever a library acquires a database or an e-book, purchases a service, or employs a worker, legally binding agreements are formed whether you know it or not, whether you negotiate the terms or not. Learn the components of contracts and license agreements, and how to wrangle contracts that are favorable to your library. Empower yourself to maximize your library’s legal protections and return on investment.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to customize contracts and develop new ones using templates and standards for each type of contract and service. Learn the essential clauses and language you should add to or strike from contracts and understand how to negotiate contracts effectively with vendors. Ensure your compliance with government regulations and institutional policies. You’ll see examples, hear stories, and pick up a wide variety of tips and tricks accrued from the presenter’s work with vendors, attorneys, and state agencies.

You don’t need a law degree to think like a lawyer!


Original broadcast December 15, 2017

Michael Rodriguez ~ Biography
Michael Rodriguez is Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Connecticut, where he manages contracts and licensing for digital services and resources, with an annual budget exceeding six million dollars. He has taught 12 webinars and workshops on topics such as copyright, fair use, and e-resource management to the nonprofit sector. He publishes and presents extensively at national conferences and goes on long-distance cycling trips.