Chair: Andrew Barker, Liverpool John Moores University
I went to my first UKSG conference in 2011 and immediately became a passionate supporter of UKSG and its role in the scholarly communication world. I have sat on the Main Committee of UKSG since 2013, and chaired the Insights Editorial Board between 2015 and 2018. Prior to that I sat on the UKSG Education Subcommittee and co-edited UKSG eNews for two years. UKSG means a great deal to me, and I am honoured to stand again for election as its Chair.
UKSG is a special organisation; it is unique in its relationship with librarians, vendors and publishers, and is well positioned to take the lead in connecting all parts of our knowledge community. As the scholarly communication world has changed over the last decade, so has UKSG. UKSG will continue to develop and to grow, to ensure that we continue to meet the ever-evolving needs of our community, 42 years after John Merriman founded UKSG.
If re-elected as Chair, I will work with my trustee colleagues over the next year to review and refresh our governance structures to ensure that we are an organisation that is relevant to the changing shape of our community.
Treasurer: Adam Gardner, Peter Lang Publishers
I have been involved with UKSG since I entered the scholarly communication world, first as a delegate at the annual conference, then as a co-opted member of the main committee, and more recently as Treasurer. In that time I have seen UKSG evolve from a domestic group that covered key matters relating to serials, to a totally international body that covers the broad spectrum of scholarly communications. As UKSG has grown, so too have its financial affairs, and it has become apparent in recent years that the complexity of the organisation has warranted greater financial scrutiny. If elected, I will continue this work to ensure that the permanent staff of UKSG are supported in running the organisation efficiently and responsibly, and that UKSG operates with financial prudence.
Secretary: Helle Lauridsen, Lyngsoe Systems
UKSG matters to me, it forms a big part of my professional life and have been since I first joined more than 20 years ago. Being on the vendor side, the UKSG network is even more important than when I was in the library. My aim is to work for UKSG to stay the best bilateral Library/vendor organisation in the world, where both parts can meet and exchange ideas, I dont know, if you are aware of how precious and unique this ?
As I write the UK is undergoing huge changes, and as a Dane I will do my best to work for UKSG open up even more to the world outside and to make it a true international knowledge community. To achieve that, we have a big job ahead and if I am reelected as secretary I will work with my trustee colleagues over the next year to review and refresh our governance structures to ensure that we are an organisation that is relevant to the changing shape of our community.