The Serials & Other Continuing Resources Committee (SOCRS) is pleased to invite the IFLA community to our programme during IFLA WLIC 2022:
“The Use of Transformative Agreements: Do They Increase Access to Research?”

We’re pleased to have presentations from the following speakers:
Nicola Bieg (Germany) – Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
Negotiating Transformative Agreements at the German National Library of Science and Technology – A “field report”
Bieg presents three different types of consortial agreements organized by TIB to offer German libraries a wide variety of options for transitioning to transformative agreements with publishers. With the goal of expanding the number of articles published as Gold OA, this approach has seen increased OA publication by authors at German institutions.
“While far from being the “perfect” solution, transformative agreements currently seem to be the most practical tool for increasing OA publication opportunities for researchers and building up pressure to flip hybrid journals.”
Patiswa Zibani, Nevena Tomic, Mira Greene (Saudi Arabia) –  King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
Negotiating Transformative Agreements as an Individual Institution: KAUST Library’s Context, Challenges, and Prospects
The authors explore the challenges in managing workflows for transformative agreements, and comment that individuals libraries, when compared to consortia, require building internal tracking and reporting systems to manage the agreements with is time and labor intensive.
Promoting OA deals university wide is crucial to their success, “Every semester, we organize university-wide awareness sessions about available OA publishing options and one-to-one sessions on request for interested researchers. In October, KAUST Library organizes Open Access Week with different activities to raise awareness about different types of OA and the Library’s efforts in this area. The libguide Open Access Publishing Options at KAUST  details all open access publishing deals, workflows for authors (by publisher), eligibility criteria for authors, and lists of eligible journals (by publisher).”
Colleen Campbell, Ádám Dér, Kai Geschuhn, Ana Valente (Germany) – Max Planck Digital Library
How are transformative agreements transforming libraries?
The authors closely examine ESAC’s “spectrum of transformative drivers” to investigate how transformative aspects of transformative agreements are for the community, with a particular focus on their impact for libraries.”…the key challenge is to adjust investments so that they are proportionate to the needs of researchers as authors (open access publishing) as opposed to researchers as readers (reading access)”. “Rather than focusing primarily on building individual collections, TAs help libraries to develop a more service-oriented model, where they collectively build a global collection of open research outputs.”
Join us with your ideas, thoughts and questions in the Auditorium. You can also engage in the discussion through our Twitter and LinkedIn. Share your insights with us. 
We are looking forward to seeing you in Dublin on Wednesday, July 27, 16:00 – 17:15! Save the date in IFLA iPLANNER: