48 · Survey Results: Survey Questions And Responses
Again, usage statistics, available records, and user interface ARE all important, but in the end they don’t determine a
decision as much as content and cost.
We have just begun to look at contract language that protects institutional author rights as a criterion for consideration.
While none of the criteria listed above would individually be a deal-breaker, the library takes all of these factors into
consideration to various extents when deciding which products it would acquire. (The cost of needed and potentially
useful products always exceeds available funding!) Within the context of these factors, e-resources that support
instruction generally are acquired before those that only support research. The library’s ability to acquire expensive
e-resources could to some extent be predicated upon the willingness of selectors to contribute some of their speciﬁc
funds to help cover the cost for an e-resource. See previous comment about new importance of support for mobile
23. Does your library use any standard licensing terms or model licenses? N=73
Yes 50 68%
No 23 32%
24. Does your library use the NISO Shared E-Resource Understanding (SERU) for any e-resources? N=69
Yes 26 37%
No 44 63%
I try - publishers usually will not allow.
Mainly we work with vendor agreements by necessity, but we have preferred replacement terms to suggest when
We believe that SERU could be used more often than is currently true. Too few vendors rely on it.
We have only one.
We refer to model licenses during license negotiations with vendors. We encourage NISO SERU use when the publisher
is willing to participate.
We’re willing and we’ve suggested it on occasion but no publisher or vendor has agreed to use SERU.