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  • Erik Limpitlaw

    Erik Limpitlaw

    Digital Collections Licensing Librarian, Acquisitions Department

    Current Role at StanfordMy primary responsibility of the Digital Collections Licensing Librarian is to review and negotiate e-resource licenses and related documents on behalf of Stanford University Libraries (SUL) with publishers, resource aggregators, data sources and other service providers. I primarily work on the negotiation of document terms but am often brought into pricing negotiations with vendors as well as work with vendors in creating terms which have not historically worked with academia.

    I work to ensure that the terms of these agreements meet SUL and Stanford University’s policies and requirements, that their terms of use are consistent with the needs of Stanford faculty, students, and staff, and that the cost meets SUL’s funding capabilities and is the best available negotiated price.

    I also recommend to Associate University Librarians (AUL) for Collections, the Deputy University Librarian and/or the University Librarian whether a proposed license is acceptable and whether there are any issues and risks to consider. I am currently reviewing distinguishing terms across licensing various e-resources such as datasets and streaming media and improving internal document and licensing workflows.

    I also serve, as needed and as appropriate, on SUL committees or other groups addressing Stanford’s e-resource needs, planning, and evaluation. I also serve as the liaison for e-resource matters to the relevant counterparts in Stanford’s Coordinate Libraries (Crown Law, Lane Medical, and Graduate School of Business).