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Colleen Campbell

Colleen Campbell

Open Access 2020, Max Planck Digital Library
Colleen Campbell is advisor for strategic engagement at the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) and coordinates the global Open Access 2020 Initiative (OA2020). Passionate about the exciting changes underway in scholarly publishing, she leads activities that help stakeholders create and implement strategies to enable a fair, diverse and economically sustainable open information environment. Previously Director for Strategic Partnerships for JSTOR and Portico, she has over 20 years’ experience working in all areas of the academic information sector. She currently serves on the board of trustees of UKSG and is involved in a number of efforts driving transformation in scholarly communication, including the ESAC Initiative and the LIBER OA WG. At home on the stage, she frequently speaks internationally on open access and performs with her band in Florentine dives.

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From Partisan to Partnership


Release Date: 08/03/2020, Colleen Campbell, Sara Rouhi, Ellen Finnie, Vivian Berghahn, Curtis Brundy, Scott Delman, Ivy Anderson

In the wake of OA2020 and Plan S, publishers are increasingly under pressure to enter into transformative agreements that transparently shift their business model from subscription to one based on open access publishing services. Embarking on such a transition can be extremely daunting for publishers, considering their rightful concern over long-term economic sustainability. Other issues have also become apparent. Many publishers and libraries lack the business knowledge to match author affiliations with subscription revenues/costs. Large publishers may be ready for a cost-neutral transformative agreement based on per-article charges, but an APC-based model may not work for other publishers/disciplines/institutions. Past attrition rates and subscription price increases have made both publishers and libraries wary. And the historic transactional relationship between publishers and libraries has given little opportunity to develop trust. Yet in recent months, a growing number of publishers have chosen the path of absolute customer engagement and transparency in order to define the terms of a new economic model or transformative agreement. This panel will offer perspectives from successful publisher-library collaborations that have led to forward-looking agreements and new business models. Panellists, comprising sets of publisher-library dyads, will share their insights into how transparency and trust transformed their relationships from partisan contracting parties into collaborative partnerships.