When will we be transformed? Reflections on the experience of working with transformative agreements as a cross-library working group - Insights

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Abstract:  2023 marked the third year of a new model of libraries consuming packaged content from publishers that combines access to licensed content and materials with opportunities for an institution’s authors to publish open access in transitional agreements. University of Nottingham Libraries has met this development through a ‘transformational’ shift in decision-making procedures by the formation of a new working group. The Read and Publish Group is a cross-library initiative bringing together expertise in licensing, content and acquisitions alongside open access and research publishing. This case study discusses the external context for this shift in practice, the specific needs and internal structures at Nottingham that shaped its early formation, and why the library took the decision to invest significant time and effort in reviewing and managing these deals. It explores the benefits of the cross-team approach and provides best practice in group operations and managing a substantial number of agreements effectively. Through the lens of the work of the group, it reflects on the fine balance of the library-publisher-patron relationship and its desire to be principled and transformative versus the more pragmatic, incremental style of change.




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Date tagged:

02/27/2024, 09:27

Date published:

02/27/2024, 04:27