Lorraine Estelle negotiates licence agreements with publishers to secure affordable access to e-resources and technology products, as well as open access publishing terms, such as waived or discounted article processing charges (APCs) or publish and read offers. She works with library consortia to raise awareness about these agreements.
Lorraine joined EIFL in 2022, bringing broad experience of consortia negotiations and open access business models. Lorraine started her career in publishing and in 1999 went on to develop a licensing programme for the UK non-profit organization, Jisc. As Director of Jisc Collections, she negotiated national licensing agreements for UK higher and further education institutions to improve access to knowledge and information to support education and research. She also orchestrated UK library support for open access initiatives and developed the first models to demonstrate the total cost of publication, including article processing charge (APC) costs, for UK academic institutions. In 2012 Lorraine led the first national negotiations to successfully agree on offset models to alleviate the cost faced by higher education institutions in maintaining subscriptions to hybrid journals while also paying APC charges.
From 2015 in her role as Project Director of the non-profit organization COUNTER, she gained experience in working collaboratively with library consortia, libraries, publishers, and vendors in reaching consensus and in developing industry standards for reporting usage of their electronic resources in a consistent way. Lorraine has collaborated in several projects helping libraries and publishers to develop open access strategies, business models, policies, and practices. Lorraine is also co-editor of the open access journal Insights: the UKSG journal.
In 2022, Lorraine was the recipient of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) award for Contribution to Scholarly Publishing.
Lorraine holds an honours degree in Psychology from The Open University, UK, and is currently studying an M.A. in Art History.
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