On-Demand Webinar - Best of Core Forum: Transformative Agreements; Twisting Open Access

Description: 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 and provide free academic research to the world. These agreements impact which scholars, institutions and regions have the ability to publish with large academic publishing companies. They demand that institutions no longer subscribe for access but subscribe to publish. This webinar provides a very brief overview of how we got here, how publishers benefit from Transformative Agreements through a business lens, who is talking about this (and who should be) and what librarians can do about it.

This webinar was previously presented in-person as a session at the 2023 Core Forum. We are hosting this webinar, with the session adapted and presented live as a virtual event, to extend its reach.


Learning Outcomes: 


By the end of the webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand what a transformative agreement is, and who is involved;
  • Understand why transformative agreements with large publishers can be detrimental to libraries; and
  • Learn how transformative agreements can affect research and researchers globally.


Who Should Attend: Academic librarians and info professionals including liaison librarians, leadership, and those involved in scholarly communications and electronic resources.



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 innovation and ESG, special journal issues, and effects of neoliberal environments on libraries, including transformative agreements. He was the recipient of the TMU Librarian Award in 2022, and was the librarian member of the TMU Provost’s Academic Leadership Program for 2021-22. 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.


Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform.