Transformative Agreements: The Business Model Twisting Open Access

Transformative Agreements are large academic publishers’ latest model for increasing revenue and exploiting the Open Access movement. Open Access started as an initiative of university and non-profit publishers to bypass for-profit behemoths such as Wiley, Sage, Taylor & Francis, and others and provide free academic research to the world: now it has been co-opted by the publishers it was seeking to escape. This interactive session presents the business model behind these agreements and how this affects libraries, including an overview of the current conversation and practical actions for all kinds of academic librarians.

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Oct 20 2023


10:30 am - 11:30 am




  • Reece Steinberg
    Reece Steinberg
    Head, Library Learning Services, Toronto Metropolitan University Library

    Reece Steinberg (he/him) is the Head of Library Learning Services at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU). Reece’s research interests include critical study of social ventures and ESG, special journal issues, and effects of neoliberal environments on libraries, including transformative agreements and project management. He was the recipient of the TMU Librarian Award in 2022, and was recently the librarian member of the TMU Provost’s Academic Leadership Program. Reece is an enthusiastic contributor to BizLibratory (Business Reference Laboratory) blog. He holds an MLIS (U. of British Columbia) and is currently an MBA candidate.