This definition and list of goals and values was recommended by a task force of representatives from 12 SCELC member institutions that reflect member diversity in size and type. The task force reviewed statements created by other library consortia and surveyed the full membership to ensure that this statement reflects the views of a broad range of SCELC institutions. This SCELC Transformative Agreement Goals and Values Statement (pdf) was approved by the SCELC Board on May 20, 2022.
Transformative agreements are contracts negotiated between institutions (libraries or consortia) and publishers that gradually transition the business model underlying scholarly journal publishing. These agreements shift funding away from paying to read closed articles toward paying a fair price for open access publishing services.
Values: As the task force reflected on a larger candidate list of goals and numerous values statements, they identified four broader value themes to guide us going forward.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility
Mutual Respect through Partnership
Sustainability and Stewardship
Goals: In priority order, SCELC libraries prefer transformative agreements that: