Consortial Licensing - The Standardized Agreement Language

Consortial Licensing

Standardized Agreement Language

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) has developed this document to facilitate negotiations on behalf of its member libraries that require collective license agreements. While our member libraries have developed their own licensing guidelines, this document incorporates language that maybe unique to consortial licensing. This document addresses select topics of particular importance to Big Ten libraries commonly included in licenses. Vendors, publishers, and content providers should incorporate this language into draft and final agreements for the BTAA.

The Big Ten Academic Alliance strongly supports the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) licensing guidelines and requests that vendors and content providers review the relevant sections for inclusion in licenses. The ICOLC web site includes information about the preferred practices for the selection and purchase of electronic information, guidelines for statistical measures of usage of web-based text resources, and other important documents.


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Updated June 2020 

Big Ten Academic Alliance Staff Contact

Maurice York
Library Initiatives
Phone:  (217) 300-0945

Robert Van Rennes
Associate Director
Library Initiatives
Phone:  (217) 300-4744