US library directors call for less-restrictive ebook publishing license agreements

April 1, 2014

Directors at 66 US liberal arts colleges have called on academic libraries to reject licensing agreements with publishers that impose restrictions on how online books can be accessed and shared. The directors say that by signing such agreements, “we turn our backs on a great strength of the academy -- the ability to build complementary collections and share them in good faith with researchers and the community of readers.” They have also suggested 12 principles that should guide new licensing agreements with publishers; many of the principles make it easier for libraries to make the ebooks more accessible for users in various locations and on different platforms. Inside Higher Ed