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Information Standards Quarterly

ISSN: 1041-0031

Winter 2014, v.26, no.4

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Article Title: The Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU): Six Years and Still Going Strong
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Author(s): Adam Chesler and Anne McKee
doi: 10.3789/isqv26no4.2014.05
Citation: Chesler,Adam, and Anne McKee. The Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU): Six Years and Still Going Strong. Information Standards Quarterly, Winter 2014, 26(4): 20-23. http://dx.doi.org/10.3789/isqv26no4.2014.05
Abstract: The Shared Electronic Resource Understanding (SERU) Recommended Practice was first developed in 2008 as a new approach to finalizing agreements between libaries and content providers for the use of electronic resources. The original SERU Recommended Practice was focused on subscription types of acquisitions, such as for e-journals. In May 2012, the second edition of the SERU Recommended Practice (NISO RP-7-2012) was published with revisions to to be more usable for non-subscription types of e-resources. The SERU Recommend Practice contains statements of common understandings for acquiring electronic resources that address seven areas: the acquisition, the acquiring institution and its authorized users, use of materials, inappropriate use, confidentiality and privacy, online performance and service provision, archiving and perpetual access. To help promote SERU and aid interested parties in knowing who was willing to use SERU in lieu of a license, a SERU Registry was established on the NISO website and a SERU logo was developed and made available to any organization that registered. Steps needed to implement SERU are listed. The SERU Standing Committee continues to support and promote the SERU Recommended Practice.