Libraries continue to sign Transformative Agreements while becoming increasingly convinced that they do not represent the desired transformation. Peter Barr explains why this happens.
Peter Barr is Head of Content & Collections at the University of Sheffield Library. He was appointed in September 2019 to lead the development of the Library’s Comprehensive Content Strategy (adopted 2021). Through this, and more broadly, he is interested in the role libraries can play in developing an ethical, community-owned alternative to commercialized academic publishing, and the limits to which this can be achieved from within marketized institutions.