The University of California (UC) is pleased to announce an invitational workshop in Washington, DC, August 28-29, for North American institutions motivated to refactor their current, big-deal commercial publisher agreements to support a sustainable open access transformation. The Open Access Tipping Point workshop is co-sponsored by the UC Academic Senate and Libraries and will be facilitated by members of UC’s negotiation team and publisher task force. Also in attendance will be representatives from Germany, Hungary, Norway and Sweden who have experience with negotiating transformative agreements, coalition building, and principled walk-away strategies.

The workshop will build on UC’s recently released negotiation toolkit, which aims to serve as a North American framework for creating transformative change in the scholarly publishing industry based on initial insights from the University of California’s 2018-19 negotiations with Elsevier. Discussions at the workshop will support a variety of transformative strategies, including off-setting and breaking the big deal to reinvest in OA.

Workshop space is limited. If you would like to be considered for an invitation, please complete this short survey. Also please note that participating institutions are expected to attend in dyads of the library director and a faculty member; the event will model the library-faculty partnership that has been critical to UC’s achievements to date.

If you have any questions about the survey or workshop, please don’t hesitate to contact Günter Waibel ( or Danielle Westbrook ( We will review workshop applications starting June 26th, with the goal of selecting the workshop cohort in early July.

OA Tipping Point Workshop details

What: A two-day invitational workshop to facilitate information sharing and advance overall readiness for principled North American negotiations focused on sustainable open access transformation. An agenda will be shared soon.

Who: North American institutions interested in utilizing their major publisher negotiations to achieve open access transformation; institutions must apply to participate in dyads consisting of a faculty member and a library director/university librarian.

August 28 2019: 10am – 5pm
August 29 2019: 9am – 1pm*

*Note: we may add a public forum from 2-4pm, after the invitational meeting

University of California Washington Center (UCDC)
1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Cost: This invitational workshop is free to attend; participants will pay for their own airfare, accommodation, and meals that occur outside of workshop hours. Workshop organizers are investigating a hotel room block at a reduced rate.

Workshop application survey:

(We will review applications starting June 26th, with the goal of selecting the workshop cohort in early July.)

OA Tipping Point Planning Committee:

  • Günter Waibel (chair), Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director, California Digital Library
  • Ivy Anderson, Associate Executive Director and Director of Collection Development and Management, California Digital Library
  • Kristin Antelman, University Librarian, UC Santa Barbara
  • Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian and Professor of Information and Economics, UC Berkeley
  • Richard Schneider, Associate Professor, UC San Francisco

European representatives:

  • Ádám Dér, Electronic Information Service National Programme, Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Nina Karlstrøm, Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research (Unit)
  • Frank Sander, Max Planck Digital Library
  • Wilhelm Widmark, Stockholm University

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