Re: NISO Issues Best Practices for Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU) Daisy Waters 10 Feb 2008 21:06 UTC

Thank you to those who are working to make SERU happen! This creative
approach promises to benefit librarians and publishers in reducing the
labor-intensive process of license negotiations.

Daisy P. Waters
Assistant Librarian for E-Resources
Electronic Periodicals Management Department
University Libraries, 134 Lockwood Library
Buffalo, NY 14260-2210
p. 716-645-2784
f.  716-645-5955

--On Friday, February 08, 2008, 8:08 AM -0600 Joanne Romano
<joanne.romano@EXCH.LIBRARY.TMC.EDU> wrote:

> Absolutely needed...I've (along with the rest of us, probably)
> have spent a good deal of time these last weeks following up with
> publishers, having to confirm that -- A) we already paid them, or that,
> B) we did send them the required license -- to get our online access
> started or re-established.
> So glad SERU is addressing this maybe at least
> one major hurdle to obtaining online access will be removed...
> Joanne V. Romano, MLS
> Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian
> HAM-TMC Library
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
> [mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Deeken, Joanne
> Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 6:44 AM
> Subject: Re: [SERIALST] NISO Issues Best Practices for Shared E-Resource
> Understanding (SERU)
> This is great news!  Hopefully, we can suggest SERU INSTEAD of
> individual licenses.
> JoAnne
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
> [mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Cynthia Hodgson
> Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2008 1:11 PM
> Subject: [SERIALST] NISO Issues Best Practices for Shared E-Resource
> Understanding (SERU)
> Slightly more than one year after the Shared E-Resource Understanding
> (SERU) Working Group was formed, the National Information Standards
> Organization (NISO) has issued "SERU: A Shared Electronic Resource
> Understanding" as part of its Recommended Practice series
> (NISO-RP-7-2008). The SERU document's publication follows a six-month
> trial use period, during which time librarians and publishers reported
> on their experiences using the draft document.
> SERU offers publishers and librarians the opportunity to save both the
> time and the costs associated with a negotiated and signed license
> agreement by agreeing to operate within a framework of shared
> understanding and good faith.
> "SERU is a wonderful example of librarians and publishers working
> together to create a new option for electronic resource transactions
> that is convenient and legal," said Working Group co-chair Karla Hahn,
> Director, Office of Scholarly Communications, Association of Research
> Libraries. "Small publishers, especially, will be able to use SERU to
> reduce licensing costs making them more competitive and easier for
> librarians to work with."
> Co-chair Judy Luther, President of Informed Strategies, added, "Based on
> a decade of licensing experience, SERU represents widely adopted
> practices already in place in North America, and is both library and
> publisher friendly."
> "The SERU Working Group developed a document that addresses the key
> issues in a manner that is nuanced and creative, and they did it in
> record time," said Todd Carpenter, NISO's Managing Director. "The
> feedback we received during the trial use period was uniformly
> positive." The trial use period ran from June 20 through December 20,
> 2007.
> The Recommended Practice and a SERU FAQ are available from the SERU
> webpage ( In accordance with plans
> laid out by the SERU Working Group, which concluded its work with
> publication of the Recommended Practice, NISO will produce additional
> materials to help publishers and libraries adopt a SERU approach,
> maintain a registry of participants, and continue to promote, educate,
> and plan for regular review and evaluation of SERU.
> Note: This announcement was cross-posted to multiple lists.
> Cynthia Hodgson
> NISO Technical Editor Consultant
> National Information Standards Organization
> Email:
> Phone: 301-654-2512