Let's not waste a crisis: London

18 Nov 2009 10:00
18 Nov 2009 15:45
How libraries, publishers and other stakeholders are responding to hard times


For the last year or more the world has been reeling from the impact of the global financial crisis quickly followed by a good old-fashioned recession.  Although there are signs that in some countries the formal recession is coming to an end, at least for now, the effects of this shock to the world economy have already been felt in the scholarly communications world, and are likely to continue, in many countries, for the next few years.

This one-day seminar, organised by UKSG, considers first library budget cuts, together with the coping mechanisms required to face this situation.  More positively, speakers from different parts of the community outline the opportunities for innovation provided, perhaps hastened, by the extremely challenging financial situation.

An impressive range of speakers ensures that attendance at this seminar will be essential for all those grappling with finances, but who are at the same time determined to keep moving forward and taking advantage of the many exciting developments that continue to arise in our community.


UKSG members:   £150.00 + £22.50 VAT (total £172.50)
Non-members:     £200.00 + £30.00 VAT (total £230.00)

The fee includes refreshments and lunch.


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (Library)
1 Carlton House Terrace
SW1Y 5DB   
Tel.:  020 7451 7300 (Reception)


10.00 Registration and coffee
10.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair
Hazel Woodward, University Librarian and Director of Cranfield Press,
Cranfield University

10.40 “I tell you naught for your comfort”: budgetary prospects for academic libraries over the next few years
Phil Sykes, University Librarian, University of Liverpool
11.10 Sharing the pain, striving for gain  
John Cox, University Librarian, National University of Ireland, Galway

11.40 Break

12.00 What are librarians saying?  Results of a CIBER survey examining changes and trends in a challenging economy 
Ian Hames, Vice-President International Sales, ebrary, Inc

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Crisis?  Great, now we can innovate  
Toby Green, Head of Publishing, OECD
13.45 Every cloud has a silver lining ...  What the current economic crisis could and
should mean for library procurement of digital content

Liam Earney, Collections Team Manager, JISC Collections

14.15 Open access, hidden costs?  Supporting open access publishing at a
research-led university
Christine Middleton, Head of Academic Services, Information Services,
University of Nottingham

14.45 Tea

15.05 Innovation leads to change – how ready are you to do things differently?  
Debbie Dore, Chief Commercial Officer, Swets

15.35 Questions and discussion

15.45 Summing-up by the Chair and close of seminar

How to book

The booking date for this seminar has now passed.  For further information please contact Karen Sadler at UKSG

by e-mail:   Karen@uksg.org         or by telephone: +44 (0)1865 310834

Venue location details will be sent with confirmation of booking.


By Tuesday 10 November 2009 - full refund
From Wednesday 11 November 2009 - no refund

NB:  UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme
due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without
being obliged to refund monies.

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