Head of Open Science
Director, Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Strategist, Content & Scholarly Communication Initiatives
Library Partnerships & Sales Lead
The MIT Press
Libraries are increasingly experimenting with and participating in collective action based business models to speed the transition to “open” while navigating a perfect storm of crises — public health, higher ed, social justice, and (of course) budgets.
This unique moment intersects a period of library “activism” where major consortia and institutions globally have pushed back against large commercial publishers’ business practices in favor of renegotiating, unbundling, and even canceling “big deals” or transforming them into agreements with strong open access components (so-called “transformative agreements”). That said, some of these agreements have scholarly communications stakeholders scratching their heads at the mechanics of the models and the business principles underpinning them. Given this unprecedented paradigm shift focused on collective action, is the lack of “business chops” getting in the way?
This discussion-driven panel of journal and book publishers and a library consortium will unpack these concerns. What are the unintended consequences of a misalignment of skills and mission? Who are the winners and losers? And how can we as a community of stakeholders invested in equity support each other through shared knowledge/experience working collaboratively? We look forward to engaging the CNI community in a discussion of these issues.