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The theme for our 2018 One Day Conference is “Doing More with Less”.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 10:00 GMT
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 17:15 GMT


Grange Tower Bridge Hotel (Beaumont and Sidney Suites, Floor 1)
45 Prescot Street
London, E1 8GP
United Kingdom

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About the Event


Event summary

The theme for our 2018 One Day Conference is “Doing More with Less”.  More and more, we hear that all members of the knowledge community are expected to do more with less – in terms of creative allocation of budgets; staff numbers, recruitment and training; skills, technologies, and even natural resources.

Why you should attend

We are bringing together librarians, publishers, researchers and providers of related technology and services, to share stories and best practice around “doing more with less”; our programme includes speakers from five countries, so delegates will be able to learn from a wide range of perspectives, experiences and contextual challenges (what would happen to your budget if your university stopped charging student fees?).

Learning objectives

You will learn about methodologies to help more efficiently plan and test new ideas; strategies for providing access after big deal cancellations; technologies that can help libraries surface their content and services more effectively; the day will close with a debate about whether library schools and other professional development opportunities are keeping pace with the changes we face as we “do more with less”.

Our provisional programme is below.  We are still confirming some speakers and will update this page as we do so.

Event sponsor

UKSG would like to thank its generous sponsor SpringerNature.


Blue Springer and red Nature combined logo


Programme and Speakers



Welcome from the chair of UKSG.

Andrew Barker
Associate Director, Library Services, Liverpool John Moores University

Andrew Barker has been Director of Library Services & Learning Development at Lancaster University since September 2019. Prior to that he held a number of senior roles within diverse university libraries, including the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University. Andrew was Chair of UKSG between 2018 and 2022, and has been Vice-Chair of SCONUL since December 2021.


Session 1

Alternative access, after cancellation of big deal subscription packages.

Wilhelm Widmark
Library Director and Chair of the Bibsam Consortium, Stockholm University

Wilhelm Widmark is the Library Director of Stockholm University since 2012. He has a Master of Arts in literature and a Master of Arts in library and information science from Uppsala University. Wilhelm is active in the Open Science movement in Sweden and Europe. He is the Vice Chairman of the Swedish Bibsam consortia and the Vice Chairman of The National Library’s council on Open Access to Scientific Publication. Member of EUAs Expert Group on Open Science.

Nov 18


Lightning Talk 1

Experiences with using the Lean Canvas (one page business plan) methodology to test new ideas

RazvanCatalin Telitoiu
Product Manager, SAGE Publishing


Session 2

An idea of what shape discovery might take in the future - better glanceability, more personalised, better connection to open content.

Christine Stohn
Director Product Management, Ex Libris

Since joining Ex Libris (part of Clarivate) in 2001 I worked on strategic data projects, library discovery and user centered services for many years. In my current role I focus on leveraging generative AI for discovering library content. Community work is very important to me. I’m involved in various NISO initiatives incl. KBART as well as serving on the CrossRef board. I’m fascinated by the changes in technology, the scale of material that is available today, and the opportunities they offer. I have degrees in library science, information systems, and history and a passion for lifelong learning.


Lightning Talk 2

Efficient Discovery

Manisha Bolina
Channel Partner Manager UK & Europe , Yewno
For the last eight years Manisha was the Senior Sales Manager for the non-profit aggregator BioOne and has extensive international experience working with academic libraries across EMEA and Australasia. Manisha also spent two years consulting with publishers as the Business Development Manager for Publishers Communications Group (PCG). This year Manisha joined Yewno Inc, a Silicon Valley AI technology company, to introduce the technology and manage the library and publisher relationships in Europe. For the last year Manisha has been part of the UKSG Sub-Committee for Education and was previously part of the SSP Marketing and Communications team. Nov 2018


Session 3

Increasing food security and improving rural livelihoods with the "Lose less, feed more" programme

Caroline McNamara
Chief Commercial Officer, CABI


Lightning Talk 3:

Setting your data free to increase quality and reduce waste

Timon Oefelein
Senior Manager, Account Development, Springer Nature

Timon Oefelein is Springer Nature’s Senior Manager for Strategic Partnerships and Outreach activities in Europe. Since joining the publisher in 2000, Timon has had a number of roles in Marketing, Sales, and Product Data Management. In his current role, he works together with academic libraries across Europe on collaborative projects ranging from large-scale impact evaluations and to advanced usage analytics. In 2011, he launched the publisher’s Author Publishing Workshops for Early Career Researches, then in 2016 the online webinar series “Meet the Expert” - a series of live, educational online talks for librarians. Prior to entering academic publishing, Timon worked as a print journalist in the UK specializing in arts and culture. He graduated from Bath University (BSc Hons Economics & Politics) and Strathclyde University (MLitt in Journalism).




Session 4

How universities across South Africa are innovating to survive the fees crisis.

Hardy Maritz
Director: Group Finance, University of Cape Town

Hardy Maritz is the Group Finance Director at the University of Cape Town and has a 17-year track record in higher education leadership in all spheres of finance. He is a founder member of the Finance Executive Forum (now falls under USaF, formerly HESA) and currently serves as a Director on the Board of TENET (Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa) and is a member of both their Remuneration and Audit and Risk Committees. Hardy came to higher education after completing successful international contracts with Shell International/Exxon Mobil and Ralston Energy Systems (Energizer/Eveready), having served articles with KPMG prior to going abroad

Nov 18


Session 5

How university libraries and consortia in Ghana are managing with low budgets.

Dr. Mac-Anthony Cobblah
Library Director, University of Cape Coast, Ghana and EIFL Licensing Coordinator, nominated by CARLIGH (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana)

Mac-Anthony Cobblah is an advocate for Open Science and Digital Scholarly Publishing in Africa. He has a strong background in Information Science, Electronic Information Management and Digital Scholarly Publishing. He is currently the University Librarian for the University of Cape Coast. He is also the Chair of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH) and the Chairperson, Academic Libraries and Library Consortia Section of Africa Libraries and Institutions Association (AfLIA) as well as the Licensing Coordinator of EIFL for Ghana.





Session 6

My library and how it does / does not support me to do more with less.

Cheryl Reynolds
Senior Lecturer, The University of Hudderfield
Dr Cheryl Reynolds is a Teacher Educator and Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. Her research interests centre around the use of technology in teaching and learning and in the use of games-based approaches to the teaching of sociological and learning theory Nov 18


Panel Session

Are library schools and training providers keeping pace with the new skills that library staff need to “do more with less”?

Jennifer Bayjoo
Research Services Advisor, Leeds Beckett University

Jennifer has been working as the Academic Support Manager (Research) at the University of Salford for the past four years, where she has also had roles with the BAME staff network and University Council. Previously, she worked at Leeds Beckett University in the Library's research team. In her spare time she enjoys stand up comedy and poetry, crochet, and hanging out with Mavis the cat.

Rosie Jones
Director Library Services, The Open University

Rosie Jones is Director of Library Services and OpenLearn at the Open University.  She has worked in academic libraries since 2001 taking a particular interest in games and learning, information literacy and learning space development.   She is particularly involved in the UK academic library Information Literacy community, currently co-chairs the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC) and is the Deputy Chair for CILIP Information Literacy Group.  She is also an active member of the Association for Learning Technology special interest group on Playful Learning and co-chair of the Playful Learning Conference. 

Nov 18

Jo Cornish

Jo helps organisations get best value from CILIP services and works with employers to ensure CILIP’s offer meets their current and workforce development needs. She builds partnerships across the information profession at a strategic level to strengthen the networks and inform CILIP’s services.  A chartered library and information professional, she has a background in public libraries and has held development, managerial and operational posts. She is passionate about broadening entry into the profession and supporting information professionals at all stages of their careers.

Nov 18


Wrap up and Close




£ 190.00 + £ 38.00 VAT


£ 240.00 + £ 48.00 VAT


£ 90.00 + £ 18.00 VAT

Member Speaker Discount


Booking for this event has now closed - if you have any queries please e-mail Bev Acreman.


By Friday 2nd November 2018 - Full refund
From Saturday 3rd November 2018 - 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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