Tools and Resources for Licensing

CRL helps libraries make informed investments in commercially available databases by providing a variety of tools, webinars, and forums, including:

Global Data Licensing Terms and Specifications 

April 2018 -- CRL has posted proposed (draft) model licensing terms and specifications for negotiating agreements for large global datasets in the areas of business, financial, and geospatial information. We invite comments through June 30. The following formats are available: 

  • PDF on Google Drive with in-line commenting  [external link]
    Users without Google accounts may comment anonymously, though we welcome attribution by adding your name to your comments. 
  • Microsoft Word version [download]
    Please add comments and suggest revisions (with changes tracked), and return the marked up document to Maria Smith


An interactive space for sharing information and independent perspectives on e-resources of interest to CRL libraries, and for tracking the status of e-resources available through CRL for member licensing. Includes CRL reviews, provider profiles, member comments, and information on current offers.


The Liblicense project, offering an active discussion forum and other resources on licensing of databases and e-resources for scholars. A model license, extensively updated in consultation with numerous stakeholders, was posted on the Liblicense site in November 2014.

Global Resources Forum

Programming for CRL libraries includes webcasts, teleconferences, and face-to-face forums to share critical information for collection-related decision making.


As a benefit of CRL membership, staff at CRL libraries have no-cost access to the new online review ccAdvisor, a collaboration between Choice and the Charleston Company publishing hundred of reviews and updated information on electronic resources. Together, CRL and ccAdvisor are working to provide trustworthy, actionable information on electronic scholarly resources and services. (CRL member libraries with questions about establishing access to ccAdvisor should contact Choice Customer Services )