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Join us for the 2022 UKSG November Conference. This year's event will take place online over two consecutive half days. Wednesday 16th November: 9.30am GMT to approx. 1.15pm and Thursday 17th November: 1.30pm GMT to approx 5pm.


November 16 2022 - 09:30
November 17 2022 - 17:00


United Kingdom

About the Event





The theme of this year's conference is: diversity, equity, and inclusion through multiple lenses.

Split over two half days this event brings together voices from across our sector through a programme of presentations, Q&A and facilitated panel sessions.


The conference welcomes members and non-members of UKSG alike - Please note that advance registration is required. 

Register here

16 August 2022: Some people are experiencing issues with the credit card payment - we are looking into why that might be, but you can register without paying, or you can ping or call +44 7923 480764 and we can take your card details over the phone.

Fees (both days):

  • Member - £ 45.00 + £ 9.00 VAT
  • Non-Member - £ 55.00 + £ 11.00 VAT

(A list of members can be found here)

If you are unable to attend -   We will send you a link to a recording after the event. 

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UKSG wants to provide the best possible experience for all our delegates, making presentations as accessible and inclusive as possible.

Our intention where possible is to strongly encourage our speakers to provide auto generated closed captioning for both live and recorded events as well as to make sure their slides as easy as possible for all people to read. In addition, we can provide auto generated transcripts post event for each of the recorded sessions.

If you have particular accessibility needs or questions about this event, we welcome you to contact


Programme and Speakers

9:30 GMT

Introduction & Welcome

Tasha Mellins-Cohen

With two decades of scholarly publishing experience across not-for-profit and commercial publishers and publishing industry bodies, and a history of volunteering with scholarly communication bodies including UKSG, I understand and appreciate the changing pressures on publishers, librarians, funders, researchers and research institutions.

Data and standards are essential underpinnings for our community, from the metadata standards that help optimise discoverability to the usage metrics that are one aspect of measuring impact. My combined roles as COUNTER's Project Director and founder of an independent consultancy business helping publishers achieve a sustainable transition to open access both rely on that pairing of data and standards.


Ableism and exclusion

Josie Caplehorne
University of Kent
Jennifer Leigh
Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent


Inclusion: analysis and action

AI and diversity: a complex relationship - Nancy Roberts, Umbrella Analytics.

This presentation will look at how AI can be used to support and facilitate diversity efforts, both through improved measurement and predictive modelling, and through the use of Natural Language Processing to create more inclusive textual content. It will also address some of the (by now well publicized) risks of dataset bias, and give practical advice on how to avoid these risks and use AI for driving positive change.

Nancy Roberts
Umbrella Analytics

Nancy spent 20 years in the publishing sector working in production and operations for companies ranging from Penguin to Cambridge University Press. She is now the founder of Umbrella, a tech startup which uses data analytics, AI and machine learning to help businesses realise the benefits of a more diverse workforce. She is also Head of Technology and Content at Maverick, providing specialist consultancy to publishers, and co-director of Management in Publishing, delivering management and leadership development to the publishing sector. She has a PhD in Postcolonial Feminist Literary Theory and an Executive MBA from Cranfield University. She is deeply passionate about social justice and the importance of data in monitoring and achieving this goal.

Martin Whiteford
Emerald Publishing




Early career inclusion

Attracting diverse talent: The role of Graduate Traineeships in the EDI strategies of academic libraries - Tom Morley, Lancaster University, Elaine Sykes, Lancaster University, Nuala McLaren, Goldsmiths, University of London

This presentation will explore the approaches of and challenges faced by two academic libraries when designing graduate trainee roles as part of a continuous effort to provide an inclusive library environment. Nuala McClaren will discuss how Goldsmiths University Library created their ‘BAME Graduate Trainee’ role.

Elaine Sykes and Tom Morley will discuss how Lancaster University Library have designed a Graduate Trainee position to change their staff profile and contribute to a more diverse recruitment pipeline within the sector.

The session will also discuss the wider EDI strategies within each institution.

Danielle Stubbs
Imperial College London
Hannah Boroudjou
London School of Economics and Political Science
Tom Morley
Lancaster University

Tom Morley is an Open Research Officer at Lancaster University Library. He works across the areas of Open Access, Research Intelligence and Research Data Management to coordinate and deliver a range of projects, services and strategic initiatives. Prior to joining the library, Tom worked in serval roles at Lancaster University and the University of Manchester including as a REF Project Officer, Research Ethics Officer and Ambitious Futures Graduate Trainee.

Tom is also co-editor of the UKSG e-News.

Elaine Sykes
Lancaster University
Nuala McLaren
Goldsmiths, University of London


Global access panel

Facilitated by Rob Johnson, Research Consulting

Judith Barnsby
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

Judith has spent 30 years in the scholarly publishing industry, specialising in areas from editorial to marketing and product management. Her experience includes working for non-profit society publishers and publishing services providers. She has been with DOAJ since 2015 and is a senior member of the editorial team.

Toby Green
Coherent Digital

Toby has 35+ years experience in scholarly, policy and professional publishing. Prior to co-founding Coherent Digital, he held a variety of senior roles with OECD Communications/Publishing, Elsevier Science and Pergamon Press. Toby has wrestled with data publishing, pioneered freemium open access and is now trying to tame grey literature. He is a regular speaker at publishing and librarian events and serves as expert advisor to the Open Research Community. To see a list of his publications: Follow Toby on Twitter

Popoola Biliamin Oladele
University of Medical Sciences

Biliamin is a vibrant, multi-skill academic librarian, researcher, and information and Knowledge Management consultant from Nigeria. He holds a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies and he’s presently the Systems, Scholarly Communications & Evidence-Based Medicine Librarian at the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Nigeria. He was a Fellow of the Carnegie Next-Generation Librarians Programme at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a Cunningham International Fellow with the Medical Library Association, United States of America. He has published widely and presented papers at several conferences within and outside Africa.


Summary & close of day 1

Programme and Speakers


Introduction and welcome

Joanna Ball
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

Joanna Ball is Managing Director for DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Before joining to DOAJ, her career was based in academic libraries in the UK and Denmark, most recently as Head of Roskilde University Library, part of the Royal Danish Library. She is currently Chair of UKSG.


Introducing open early in the student journey

The Essex Student Journal: Introducing students to open access - Hannah Crago, University of Essex

The Essex Student Journal is a diamond open access journal run by students, for students. The journal is used as an educational tool for Essex students and postgraduate researchers around the open access publishing process, and enables us to advocate for diamond open access across the University. The aim of this session is to demonstrate how for relatively small investments, library teams can make a big impact with their students and postgraduate researchers when it comes to open access publishing.

Building MultiStories: Embedding the library services for inclusive teaching and learning in a diverse curriculum - Lindsay Dowling, TUI Dublin

Hannah Crago
University of Essex

Hannah Crago works at the University of Essex within the Scholarly Communications and Research Support team. Alongside providing support around open access, research visibility, copyright, etc., a part of her role is managing the Essex Student Journal.

Lindsay Dowling
TU Dublin


Diversifying collections

Keith Nockels
University of Leicester
Jenny Higham
University of Liverpool
Robyn Orr
University of Liverpool




Contribution from non-academic research panel

Facilitated by Tasha Mellins-Cohen

Robyn Price
Imperial College London

Robyn Price is responsible for bibliometric analysis and education at Imperial. She has established a bibliometric service to deliver responsible metrics support to staff and students. She is interested in equity in scholarly communications and research, alternative metrics, grey literature and open access. Previously, Robyn worked in the editorial teams of open access and subscription journals.

Liz Allen
Tom Kelly
Queen Mary, University of London


In the round

To be confirmed


Summary and close


June 21 2022 - 00:00 - November 13 2022 - 22:50

£ 45.00 + £ 9.00 VAT


£ 55.00 + £ 11.00 VAT


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.


How to Book

Registration will be opening shortly, and will be valid for both sessions on the 16th and 17th November. 

General queries - 

Please take a look at our code of conduct 


The closing date for cancellations is Friday 21st October, after which date cancellations will not be eligible for a refund.  Cancellation should be sent into writing to  All registrants will be sent a link to a recording after the event.

The UKSG code of conduct can be found here and UKSG terms and conditions here

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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