1 PSU Library’s Licensing Principles

Jill Emery

Licensing Principles 

Drafted October/November 2019

Accepted by the Library Information Resource Management Council  December 2019

Guided by the Portland State University Library’s General Collection Values  the University Library commits to entering into contract agreements with scholarly content providers and publishers who uphold the following principles:

Recognize that University Library’s community is comprised of the following “authorized users”: all current students, faculty, and staff of Portland State University (regardless of location) and as a public institution founded to ‘Let Knowledge Serve the City’, the University Library’s “authorized users” includes alumni and library patrons accessing our collection onsite (also known as. “walk-in users”).

Allow for resource sharing locally, through our consortia partners, and through resource sharing agreements with other libraries. Our users should not face any barriers to use of copyrighted materials for non-commercial, educational, instructional, and research purposes. In addition, the University Library should be able to deliver reasonable length extracts from licensed information to other libraries that have not signed a contract for that information for use by a specific patron in accordance with the Interlibrary Loan Provision of section 108 of the US Copyright Law.

The University Library is committed to purchasing resources which are fully accessible to all of our authorized users. Resources must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and in a manner consistent with the Web Accessibility Initiative Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The University Library will only sign agreements for content that has an accurate, completed WCAG Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) to demonstrate compliance with accessibility standards.

Transparency of the agreements the University Library agree to are critical to ensuring equity regarding the costs and access of scholarly content. There should be no restrictions on sharing information with our stakeholders or library community at large.

Portland State University authors should retain the copyright to their work and be able to re-use their own work as they see fit. Furthermore, there should be no embargo imposed on a PSU author from making an immediate deposit of their work into PDXScholar or other subject-based, national, or open repositories, or archives of their choosing.


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