Beyond the Boundaries -Collaborating on Digital Licensing Agreements- [E]

The concept and practice of library consortia are not new in North America. What is new is that acting together within a consortium, Japanese and East Asian studies librarians created a new licensing and subscription model for institutions wanting to expand Japanese database access to their researchers, regardless of an institution's size or geographical location. The success of this effort depends on "outside the box" decision making, flexibility, and the willingness and enthusiasm to improve information access.

This presentation discusses the Greater Western Library Association (GWLA) consortium and its efforts related to the acquisition of licensing and subscription rights for the Japan Knowledge database. The entire process, from conception to practical implementation will be discussed.