UKSG rebrands Serials and announces new editors

UKSG, the international organisation that connects the knowledge community, has announced a new name and new joint editors for its flagship journal, Serials: connecting the information community. The new name, Insights: connecting the knowledge community, was chosen from 125 submissions to a competition for UKSG members, won by Jane Harvell, Head of Academic Services at the University of Sussex Library. The title change will take effect from volume 25, 2012, while the new editors, Lorraine Estelle (Chief Executive of JISC Collections) and Steve Sharp (Resource Acquisition Team Leader at the University of Leeds) will co-edit the journal from volume 24, 2011 and have already delivered their first issue (online now).

This first issue under the new editors helps to demonstrate the rationale for renaming the journal; it includes coverage of issues as diverse as usage statistics, open data, e-books and image collections, along with an innovative ‘day in the life’ feature drawn entirely from Twitter postings. “Serials has, for some time, been expanding into a much broader remit than its name would imply,” explains outgoing co-editor Dr Hazel Woodward, who is to become Chair of UKSG’s Publications Subcommittee. “When we surveyed our members, it became clear that while people understood the evolution in scope of UKSG as an organisation, they didn’t necessarily recognise that the same was true for Serials – hence it was becoming inappropriately pigeonholed.”

Incoming co-editor Steve Sharp continues, “Partly for that reason, we wanted to involve the members in renaming Serials. We’re delighted that in Insights: connecting the knowledge community, we have found a title that so aptly reflects the role of the journal today, as well as our vision for its future.” The organisation will work with members and suppliers throughout the remainder of 2011 to ensure a smooth transition to the new title.

UKSG would like to publicly record its thanks to outgoing editors Hazel Woodward and Helen Henderson for their many years of dedication to the development of Serials. We look forward to ongoing success as Insights: connecting the knowledge community!



About UKSG
UKSG exists to connect the information community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication. It spans the wide range of interests and activities of the extended scholarly information community of librarians, publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors. In a dynamic environment, UKSG works to:

  • facilitate community integration, networking, discussion and exchange of ideas
  • improve members' knowledge of the scholarly information sector and support skills development
  • stimulate research and collaborative initiatives, encourage innovation and promote standards for good practice
  • disseminate news, information and publications, and raise awareness of services that support the scholarly information sector.


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About Lorraine Estelle and Steve Sharp
Lorraine Estelle is Chief Executive of JISC Collections, the organisation that manages the national procurement and licensing of a broad array of intellectual property for academic libraries. JISC Collections collaborates with its library members and the publishing community to undertake research that drives the development of licensing and business models in line with user needs, innovative technology and the future of digital content. Recent projects in this area have included the National e-books observatory, the e-books for FE project. She is a member of the Knowledge Exchange Licensing Group, which looks at the issues of digital licensing and procurement at multi-national level and she is an active participant in the ICOLC conferences. She is a member of the EDINA Management Board, the chair of the ETHOS Governance Steering Committee and until recently was a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing Board. Prior to joining JISC Collections she worked in the publishing industry, firstly in trade book publishing and then in the area of children’s educational books and multimedia.

Steve Sharp has spent the last 16 years working in the academic library sector. He is currently Resource Acquisition Team Leader at Leeds University, with overall responsibility for staff in subscription, e-resource, multimedia, book and e-book purchasing. Prior to joining the University Library as a cataloguer in 1995, Steve spent seven years working for Waterstone's booksellers and a brief spell in banking, and has since worked in various roles within the Library. For most of the years spent in the academic sector, Steve has been active within the NEYAL (North, East & Yorkshire Academic Libraries) Purchasing Consortium, serving on both the book and journals purchasing groups, responsible for consortial tendering for book, subscription and binding supply for all 22 member institutions. He is an active member of both UKSG and the National Acquisitions Group (NAG), and sits on a number of publisher advisory boards. His other main interest is in strategic e-book developments, particularly within the UK higher education sector, and he is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars.


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