The Joint Steering Committee on Shared Collections has assembled a licensing tool kit that is now available from the CDL Shared Collections Web site [].  Select “CDL Licensing Tool Kit”.

The CDL tool kit includes information on licensing guidelines, selection criteria, information for vendors of electronic resources (such as campus FTE statistics and IP addresses), and contact information (for campus bibliographers, JSC members, CDL licensing staff, and CDL acquisitions contacts on the campuses).  Most importantly, the licensing guidelines include points to be addressed in a license agreement, as well as principles and preferred practices for selecting and licensing information in digital formats established by the University of California Collection Development Committee (CDC) and the International Consortium of Library Consortia (ICOLC).  There are also guidelines for technical requirements and measuring statistics to share with vendors with whom you are negotiating.

You may also examine existing CDL license agreements in redacted form.  For further information contact Mary Engle at the CDL (