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Licensing Electronic Resources


Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians is now available in its third edition. This book is a practical guide for librarians in Canada and around the world, and is intended for those who license digital content such as databases, periodicals and journals. Purchase book.

Licensing digital content can seem like a maze to those unfamiliar with licensing terminology and this plain language explanation of licensing electronic resources has been written to fill this gap.

This book is written by Lesley Ellen Harris, author of Canadian Copyright Law, Fourth Edition.


Of the second edition of “Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians,” American Reference Books Annual declared, “Lesley Ellen Harris’s book has become the standard for libraries and has yet to have an equal published that is either as useful or as clear.”

Contents of Licensing Digital Content

Covering the basics of digital licensing for librarians, this edition, published by ALA Editions, helps library professionals, students and publishers the understanding needed to negotiate and interpret license agreements. The book:

  • explains licensing terminology and discusses changes in technology
  • Includes information on newer developments such as text and data mining
  • points out license fee savings opportunities in license negotiations
  • provides a comprehensive digital license checklist, and
  • guides readers through educating organizations on how to legally use licensed electronic content.


Note to Canadian and Other Non-U.S. Readers
Quick-Starter Tips for a Successful Agreement

1 When to License
2 Demystifying the Licensing Experience
3 Learning the Lingo
4 Key Digital Licensing Clauses
5 Boilerplate Clauses
6 Un-Intimidating Negotiations
7 Questions and Answers on Licensing
8 Go License!


A Fair Use–Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act
B Interlibrary Loan–Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act
C Digital Licensing Clauses Checklist
Online Resources
About the Author

Learn more about copyright and licensing digital content in the Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law program.