Copyrightlaws.com is excited to announce the launch of our new online Certificate in Licensing Digital Content. With the dominance of online content and the increase in electronic resources, licensing digital content is a rapidly expanding job task for information professionals. This growing demand affects libraries, institutions and other for- and nonprofit organizations.
The Certificate in Licensing Digital Content is intended for anyone new to licensing digital content or those who’d like to enhance their current knowledge base. The primary focus is on practical skills you can immediately apply in your library or organization and to your individual circumstances.
The Certificate in Licensing Digital Content begins 25 March 2019.
The Certificate in Licensing Digital Content includes three courses (see details below):
- Introduction to Licensing Digital Content
- Digital Licensing Terms and Conditions
- Negotiating and Managing Digital Licenses
These courses are available only through the Certificate in Licensing Digital Content.
I learned a lot about digital licensing. I recommend this course [Introduction to Digital Licensing] to librarians licensing electronic resources.
— Katherine Greene, Resources and Copyright Support Librarian, Georgetown University Medical Centre (November 2018)
Learning Outcomes from the Certificate in Licensing Digital Content
By participating in Copyrightlaws.com’s Certificate in Licensing Digital Content, you’ll be able to:
- Describe the principles of digital content licensing
- Understand the interplay of copyright and contracts when licensing electronic resources
- Understand commonly used license terms and conditions
- Interpret license agreements and identify your enterprise’s unique needs with confidence
- Gain insight on educating end-users about how to legally use licensed content
- Negotiate the best possible license agreements for your library or organization
- Manage multiple digital content licenses effectively
We’ll work with you to:
- Enhance your breadth of knowledge of licensing principles
- Lower your risk of license violations
- Increase your knowledge of when and how to negotiate changes to licenses offered by vendors
- Find practical solutions to your day-to-day licensing questions and issues
- Gain the confidence you need to be a licensing leader in your organization
This course [Introduction to Digital Licensing] provided me with a fundamental understanding of copyright and licensing. I really liked that I was able to complete each lesson on my own time. Each lesson was concise enough to be completed during a busy workday but still contained meaningful content. The licensing skills from this course will be very useful managing relations with vendors for online research platforms and assisting in bringing in new platforms. I definitely recommend this course.”
— Emily Newman, Librarian (November 2018)
Who Should Enroll in the Certificate in Licensing Digital Content?
The Certificate in Licensing Digital Content is primarily aimed at:
- Employees of libraries and other for- and nonprofit organizations that license digital content and e-resources such as databases, journals and periodicals
- Content owners such as aggregators and publishers
- Anyone who interprets, negotiates or manages digital licenses
“I found this course [Introduction to Digital Licensing] to be a useful overview of licensing for librarians. The e-mail format allowed me to do things at my own pace. I really like the sample licenses that were provided and we will now be creating our own license template for use with vendors.”
— Alana Pollock, Library Manager, Natural Resources Canada (November 2018)
Features of the Certificate in Licensing Digital Content
- Three eTutorials on key aspects of licensing digital content that you can review at your own pace on your own schedule (see our FAQs About Copyright and Licensing eTutorials)
- Exclusive tools to help you negotiate and manage licenses in your enterprise
- An online forum where you can ask questions, engage in discussions and network with other licensing professionals
- Virtual classroom meetings
- Reference materials and resources (including tools) for use after you earn your certificate
- A Certificate in Licensing Digital Content for those who successfully complete the program
- A public listing of the certificate holders on Copyrightlaws.com
- This program offers flexible enrollment. Course materials are distributed over a six-week period from 25 March to 3 May 2019. Students have an additional six weeks after 3 May to complete the course requirements.
The Certificate in Licensing Digital Content includes three courses on digital licensing that address the know-how and skills you need to understand, interpret, negotiate and manage licensing agreements tailored to your library or organization’s specific needs.
- Introduction to Digital Licensing — A good license agreement can make it easy to access, use and share licensed digital content. Learn essential steps toward the best licenses for your library or organization, the relationship between copyright and licenses, licensing language and debunking licensing myths. Click here for more information and the course syllabus.
- Digital Licensing Terms and Conditions — This course delves into commonly found license terms and conditions, also called clauses, and when to use them in your licenses. Think of this course as a checklist for clauses to include in or omit from your license agreements. It’s essential for those who interpret or negotiate license agreements. For more information, including the syllabus, click here.
- Negotiating and Managing Digital Licenses — This course examines the art of negotiation for license agreements. It provides you with practical tips and strategies so your licenses reflect the terms and conditions your library or organization needs. It further helps you to effectively manage multiple digital licenses. For more information and the syllabus, click here.
About the Instructor
Lesley Ellen Harris is the instructor for the Certificate in Licensing Digital Content and author of the book, Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians, now in its third edition. You can see her bio here.
Testimonials About Our Other Certificate Programs
Copyrightlaws.com offers two other certificate programs: the Copyright Leadership Certificate and the Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law. Each program provides a strong foundation in copyright decision making skills and is intended for those new to copyright or those seeking to enhance their current knowledge base. Each program equips you with knowledge of copyright principles, with the primary focus on practical skills that can be adapted to individual needs.
To date we have more than 100 graduates from our certificate programs. Here’s what they have to say.
“I now have a more nuanced understanding of copyright to bring to the negotiating table. Thanks to the Copyright Leadership Certificate program, I feel more qualified to sit in the room with lawyers and hold my own in copyright discussions.”
— Anne Banfich, Licensing and Business Development Associate, American Theological Library Association, U.S. (August 2018)
“This has been a very enriching “copyright experience.” The content was really helpful and well-structured. My supervisor enrolled in the sister program, the Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law, and I enrolled in the Copyright Leadership Certificate, so together we have an international perspective when answering copyright questions. The content and Tools are really valuable. I highly recommend this program.”
— Sylvia Lesage, Publishing Assistant, World Health Organization, France (February 2018)
“I was looking for an overview of Canadian and international copyright law, advice and best practices on compliance within an organization and information on the role of librarians in managing copyright – the Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law provided all of that and more. The tools were very helpful. I have the Copyright Compliance Checklist pinned to the board at my desk! The Fair Dealing/Fair Use comparison was also useful. We’ve already started drafting a copyright disclaimer for circulating materials and are planning mandatory interactive learning, some targeted training and centralized copyright information on the intranet. I would definitely recommend this program to others.”
— Catherine MacGregor, Information Resource Specialist, Canada (August 2018)
“I loved the format of the program. I got behind at least twice, but because of the built-in cushion between the lesson sets, I was able to catch up. The self-marking quizzes were very helpful and kept me accountable. The program provided me with knowledge and confidence to answer faculty and administrative questions (or know where to get the answers), particularly in relation to images and other digital content. I would definitely recommend the program to others.”
— Melissa Moore, Director for Library Services, Union University, U.S. (August 2018)
See all our online courses and certificate programs here.