CILIP Copyright Conference

CILIP Copyright Conference

Information Power Director Lorraine Estelle begins her presentation at 3:35:00.

The annual CILIP Copyright Conference gives librarians an opportunity to update their general copyright, licensing and publishing knowledge. We were delighted to be invited to speak about the project we did last year to help society publishers develop new models which will comply with COAlition S requirements.

Due to Covid-19, the conference had to transform at short notice into an online event. The organizers and attendees were incredibly supportive of the speakers, some of whom were using this technology for the first time. The result was a very friendly, informative, and useful day.

In our presentation we provided some background about the project and talked about how we facilitated pilot projects, helping society publishers and library consortia to negotiate their first transformative agreements. These agreements move away from the old subscription model and align with the funders’ requirements. They enable libraries which are members of the consortia to have access to all the society publisher’s journal content, and their researchers to publish open access in those journals, without having to pay article processing charges.

Of great interest to this audience is the model licence agreement we developed for the pilot project participants. One attendee at the conference asked if the model licence is available for reuse under a CC_BY licence. We were pleased to say that it is, and society publishers, libraries and library consortia can adapt it to suit their needs. The model licence is available here.