For immediate release | January 24, 2024

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

CHICAGO—Core hosts the webinar "Best of Core Forum: Transformative Agreements; Twisting Open Access" on February 21, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. 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.

Best of Core Forum: Transformative Agreements; Twisting Open Access

Live Webinar:
Wednesday, Feburary 21, 2024, 1 - 2 p.m. CT


Reece Steinberg, Head of Library Learning Services, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Registration Fees:

Core Member: $57.67

ALA Member: $71.10

Nonmember: $79.00

How Do I Purchase Group Registration?

You can register a group by specifying the number of people who will be accessing the webinar during checkout. We offer webinars discounts based on the number of registrations you specify at checkout. If you are a Core member, you can purchase seats for yourself and your colleagues at the Core discount rate; ALA's new e-Learning store allows you to extend Core member savings to colleagues at your institution.

Can't attend the live event? No problem! All registrants will receive a link to the recorded session for later viewing at their convenience.

Register online or by phone at 1-800-545-2433 (press 1 to reach our customer service representatives).

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Mia Blixt-Shehan

Continuing Education Assistant

American Library Association

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