Library Licensing
A Manual for Busy Librarians
by Corey Halaychik and Blake Reagan
November 2019, 170pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-7076-7
$70, £54, 61€, A96
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7077-4
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Useful to both new and experienced librarians, this book demystifies the contract review process.

This clear and concise manual will help librarians understand licenses so that they can become better reviewers, drafters, and negotiators.

Libraries purchase or subscribe to countless resources that are governed by licenses—both digital products and physical objects like rare books or equipment. Many librarians, however, lack the legal expertise to comprehend and assess the clauses found in licenses.

Authors Corey Halaychik and Blake Reagan have reviewed and edited thousands of contracts and use the lessons they’ve learned to help librarians sort through the often archaic and confusing language found in licenses. Library Licensing is a key reference for anyone responsible for reviewing, editing, negotiating, and agreeing to licenses that govern library resources. It contains essential information that will allow the reader to not only understand the language used in contracts but also to replace confusing and redundant language with clear and concise alternatives. Organized with ease of use in mind, chapters are written for quick and easy consultation and application.


  • In-depth coverage of terms used in library contracts
  • Clear and concise definitions of common contract language
  • Guidance on how to make contract language less confusing
  • Step-by-step tips for reviewing, editing, and negotiating contract language
Corey Halaychik currently serves as head of content management at the University of Texas at Austin Libraries. He is the co-winner of the 2018 ACRL ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award and the 2017 ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation. His work and research focuses on improving efficiency, teamwork, and leadership skill development. He is also the co-founder and co-director of The Library Collective, whose goal is to redefine the professional development landscape for next-generation librarians.

Blake Reagan earned a BA and JD from The University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has an active Tennessee law license and has worked in higher education procurement since 2008. He is currently the director of procurement services for The University of Tennessee System. He is the 2015 recipient of the Young Procurement Professional Award from the National Association of Education Procurement. Reagan also holds a green belt certification in Lean Six Sigma.


"This is a solid guide for understanding, creating, and managing licensing agreements. Even readers with little experience will gain confidence and be able to approach contract negotiations from a position of knowledge and strength. Library professionals without ready access to legal advisers will refer to this work time and again."—Library Journal, March 1, 2020

"This book is highly recommended for all types of libraries. It provides an accessible overview of contracts and would be very useful for anyone who deals with contracts or who has an interest in academic publishing or contracts in general. The authors state that their intent is to help improve their readers’ contract-review, drafting, and management skills. They have definitely succeeded!"—Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, May 20, 2020

"Library Licensing provides an entry point for new librarians and may be a practical refresher for other librarians charged with contract review and licensing."—Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship, December 31, 2021

"Corey Halaychik and Blake Reagan demystify the complexities of library resource licensing while providing a practical guide for everyday reference. A must for all information professionals."—Nwe Ni Win Senoo, Librarian, The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research
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