UKSG Introduction to Serials and E-Resources Today: London

7 Jun 2011

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The UKSG is able to call on the extensive experience of its members in sourcing expert speakers from the various sectors of the serials industry to present a practical overview of all aspects of serials and e-resources management.

The emphasis is on developing a sound basic understanding of the details of serials and
e-resources handling in order to promote efficient and informed working practices.  A wide range of day-to-day issues will be covered, with time devoted to recognising and resolving the problems that can arise at the boundaries between publishers, intermediaries and libraries.  In addition, the seminar will consider all aspects of linking between journals, and will introduce new business models that are currently arising, such as open access.

Delegates will be able to air and exchange views in the afternoon discussion session.

Why you should attend

Designed particularly for staff new to working with serials, whether from a publisher, an intermediary or a library, this seminar may also be of interest to those looking to consolidate and update their serials and e-resources knowledge.

Course level and previous knowledge required

Introductory and non-intensive, entry-level training for the beginner, novice or returner.

Learning objectives

• To understand the key elements involved in serials and e-resources management, including how they are purchased, promoted and managed
• To understand the key processes within commercial journal and e-resources publishing, including editorial and marketing, peer review, pricing and licensing
• To understand the roles of both the traditional subscription agent and new intermediaries, and the growing range of electronic access services offered
• To gain a broad awareness of the technology underpinning various types of linking, including DOI/CrossRef and OpenURL, and other journal-related initiatives.
• To understand newly emerging business models for publishing, including open access.


UKSG members:    £125.00 + £25.00 VAT [20%] (total £150.00)
Non-members:      £170.00 + £34.00 VAT [20%] (total £204.00)

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)

Feedback from the 2010 InSERT seminars (London and Dublin)

"Very good overview, well pitched and paced."

"I was impressed by the range, and the material was treated at just the right level."

"Excellent speakers, friendly and approachable."

"Would recommend this to any member of library staff so they would have a better idea of how e-resources work, whether they work directly with them or not."


10.00 Registration and coffee
10.20  Welcome and introduction by the Chair and UKSG representative
Michael Davis, Senior Account Manager, Wiley-Blackwell

10.30  Managing content in the electronic world  
Louise Cole, Senior Information Advisor (Collections), Kingston University
The importance of serials and e-resources, and how they are purchased, promoted and managed, including e-books/e-journals and how they are tackled

11.15  The business of e-resource and print serials publishing  
Lesley Maw, Regional Sales Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry
The key processes within commercial e-resource publishing, including editorial and marketing, peer review, pricing, licensing and delivering electronically

12.00 Break

12.15  Getting technical – linking  
Ross MacIntyre, Mimas Service Manager, The University of Manchester
The various types of linking, including DOI/CrossRef and OpenURL, underpinning the series of roles, relationships and interdependencies between publishers, other content hosts, subscription agents, link resolver suppliers, libraries and others

13.00 Lunch

13.45  Intermediaries and their services  
Carolyn Alderson, Senior Licensing Manager, JISC Collections
The pivotal role of the traditional subscription agent, as well as consideration of the new players working with the growing range of electronic access services offered

14.30  New business models       
Louise Cole   /Lesley Maw
A review of whether open access and commercial publishing can co-exist, including a brief outline of the origins of the open access movement and its role in scholarly publishing today

15.00 Break

15.15  Discussion topics (introduced by the Chair)
A number of discussion topics to consider and discuss, and the opportunity for delegates to speak to one another and the presenters about their personal experiences with serials and e-resources

15.45 Evaluation forms

16.00 Close of seminar

Background course material

The Work of the Serials Librarian

The Work of the Journal Publisher

The Work of the Subscription Agent

Discussion topics

How to book

The closing date for booking has now passed.  For further information please contact Karen  Sadler at UKSG by e-mail: or by telephone: +44 (0)1865 310834.

Venue location details will be sent with confirmation of booking.


By Tuesday 31 May 2011 - full refund
From Wednesday 1 June 2011 - no refund

NB:  UK Serials Group 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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