Ownership vs leasing of library content

Every librarian take note:

The state librarian of Kansas, with the backing of state attorney general’s office, is planning to terminate the Kansas Digital Library Consortium’s contract with ebook vendor OverDrive and is asserting the bold argument that the consortium has purchased, not licensed, its ebook content from OverDrive and, therefore, has the right to transfer the content to a new service provider. – Michael Kelley, LJ

See the whole article at the Library Journal for more.

Have a vendor contract in your library (of course you do) then take note. Contract negotiation is going to get interesting from here on in. I know every public library system in Australia wants to sign any contract offered by any vendor (there might be a free pen in it), but think a little, some negotiation could save the library system and the taxpayer a fortune and preserve the content in the long term..

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Ownership vs leasing of library content

  1. Hi Edgar and crew. Just popping in to let you know how much I enjoy your snippets in your blog – and how well you both contextualise them and communicate firm opinions about them. Boringly, most of the time I agree with you, but even if I didn’t I think I would enjoy the debate.

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