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Collaboration and adapting to changeForum attendance is FREE for UKSG members!Enjoy a selection of photos taken at the UKSG Forum 2017:...


Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 18:00 GMT

About the Event

Collaboration and adapting to change

Forum attendance is FREE for UKSG members!

Enjoy a selection of photos taken at the UKSG Forum 2017:

(Our thanks to Helle Lauridsen for the photos! Click here for more photos.)

Now in its fifth year, the UKSG Forum is the essential ‘London-based pre-Christmas’ event in the scholarly communications calendar.  Supporting UKSG’s mission ‘to connect the knowledge community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication’, the UKSG Forum offers short sessions on best practice and interesting projects.  This highly anticipated meeting is free for UKSG members to attend, attracting nearly 400 delegates and offering a comprehensive exhibition, together with ample networking opportunities.

This year's Forum is all about collaboration and adapting to change.  How is the scholarly community responding to the unprecedented shifts in our political and educational landscapes?  How will this impact on our 'business-as-usual' attitude?  Is our perennial resilience now tested to its utmost limits?  Is not collaborating even an option?  Come along and hear how organisations are facing up to these challenges.

The UKSG Forum is, in three words, informal, interactive and informative.

See you in London!

UKSG thanks its generous event sponsors:






Exhibition Guide

Exhibition stand booking is now CLOSED.  Please contact Alison Whitehorn for information.


09:00    Registration, refreshments and exhibition viewing

10.00    Welcome and introduction
Kate Price, UKSG Chair and University Librarian, Queen Mary University of London

10.15-10.45    Keynote: Big Questions
Publisher and library gurus will be answering delegates' burning questions

Chair:  Yann Amouroux, UKSG Forum Working Group Chair
Simon Inger, Principal Consultant, Renew Publishing Consultants
Ken Chad, Director, Ken Chad Consulting Ltd
10:45-11:30    Change
Chair:  Simon Boisseau, UKSG Forum Working Group

WHELF Shared LMS: the benefits of collaboration 
Gareth Owen, Programme Manager, Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum

British Library and Royal College of Surgeons storage project
Richard Ebdon, Business Development Manager, British Library
Thalia Knight, Director of Library and Surgical Information Services, Royal College of Surgeons

What does Brexit mean for the UK universities?
John Ferguson, Director of Global Forecasting, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
(Summary of a presentation to be delivered at the UKSG One-Day Conference)

11:30-12:00    Refreshments and exhibition viewing

12:00-12:45    Data
Chair:  Ross MacIntyre, UKSG Forum Working Group

Library analytics: usage data at individual learner level
Lee Baylis, Senior Analytics Innovator, Jisc

Navigating research: how can scholarly reference meet users’ changing needs? 
Simon Pawley, Market Research Assistant, Oxford University Press

Ten things you can do with Machine Learning 
Michael Upshall, Consultant, UNSILO

12:45-14.00    Lunch and exhibition viewing

14:00-14:45    Panel discussion: UKSG focus on Early Career Professionals
The panel will be giving their views on today's library and publishing professions

Chair:  Andrew Barker, Associate Director, Library Services, Liverpool John Moores University
Jessica Edwards, Marketing Executive, Gale, a Cengage Company
Grace Ranola, Associate Publisher, Journals, Oxford University Press
Sarah Roughley, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Liverpool
Dominic Walker, Research Publications Manager, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

14:45-15:30    Innovation
Chair:  Claire Grace, UKSG Forum Working Group

The Android Invasion: free (e)textbooks and tablets from project to embedded service 
David Clover, Associate Director (Library and Learning Services), University of East London

The Student Library Reps project at Goldsmiths College – involving students in Acquisitions and more
Marion Harris, Acquisitions Supervisor, Goldsmiths, University of London

RA21: resource access for the 21st century
Julia Wallace, Project Director, RA21

15:30-15:45    Refreshments and exhibition viewing

15:45-16:30    Open
Chair:  Yann Amouroux, UKSG Forum Working Group Chair

Landscape study on Open Access and monographs 
Eelco Ferwerda, Director, OAPEN

The Game of Open Access: making mandates more memorable 
Alison McNab, Academic Librarian (Research Support), University of Huddersfield

Open engagement – a step beyond open access
Toby Green, Chief Operating Officer, Public Affairs and Communications, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

16:30    Drinks reception
18:00    CLOSE

What they said about the 2016 Forum

"I thought the lightning talks worked extremely well - presentations were short, lively and to the point.  Also plenty of exhibition and networking time."

"Excellent event, well organised, well done!"

"Every year the networking side of things seems to get stronger."

"This was my first UKSG event and I really enjoyed it.  Very well organised and a great way to tap into what is happening in the information industry.  UKSG certainly creates a positive impact."

"Brilliant all round."


UKSG members go free!

Check if your organisation is a UKSG member.

Non-members: £75.00 + £15.00 VAT [20%] (total £90.00)

Join UKSG!


Refreshments and lunch are provided and you will have access to the exhibition where a varied range of publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors will be showcasing their products and services throughout the day, all rounded off with a drinks reception.

How to book

Booking has now closed for this event.  For further information please contact Karen Sadler.

Delegate List

Here is a delegate list  updated at 17 November

New venue for 2017

Grange Tower Bridge Hotel (Floor -2)
45 Prescot Street
E1 8GP

Tel.: 020 7959 5000


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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