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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. 

Inclusion is a core part of the UKSG strategy, but we know that diversity is more than protected characteristics, and that the barriers to inclusion vary depending on one's perspective. Our goal was therefore to bring together speakers from across the UKSG community, from early careerists speaking about innovative new projects to more familiar faces bringing experience to bear on knotty challenges. 

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 McLaren will discuss how Goldsmiths University Library have created their ‘Positive Action 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.  

Launching the EARLL Development Community (EDC): bringing established professionals and early career librarians together, Dani Stubbs, Imperial College London, Hannah Boroudjou, London School of Economics

The EARLL Development Community (EDC) was launched in summer 2022. Designed as a new initiative to bring established professionals and early career librarians into closer collaboration, the EDC aims to recruit professional mentors to volunteer in three key areas; practice interviews, job shadowing and future speakers. In this presentation we’ll talk about why we launched the EDC, give you an update on how it’s going and discuss why the EDC will be so important for the wider information community.

Danielle Stubbs
Imperial College London

Dani is a Library User Services Coordinator at Imperial College London. She works in close collaboration with the User Services Manager to ensure the provision of effective library services, membership accounts, service development and front-line user enquiry services. Dani contributes to project groups, to further develop library services and supports the User Services Manager with training a team of Library Assistants, recruitment and managing team rotas. Dani completed her PG Diploma at The University of Sheffield in 2021, and has since started CILIP Chartership alongside her coordinator post.

Hannah Boroudjou
London School of Economics and Political Science

Hannah is the Research Data Librarian in the Research Support Team at the London School of Economics, where she specialises in open data, data management, data protection and secure data access. She is also the Co-Chair and co-founder of EARLL, a professional network for new and early career librarians in academic and research institutions based in and around London and the southeast of England. EARLL are supported by UKSG and are the recipients of the UKSG Innovation Award 2019.


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

Elaine Sykes is the Head of Open Research at Lancaster University where she leads a team responsible for Open Access, Research Data Management and Research Intelligence. Her research interests include using library data to deliver service insights.

Nuala McLaren
Goldsmiths, University of London

Nuala McLaren is the Head of Reader Services and Academic Support at Goldsmiths, University of London. Nuala has previously worked in leadership and management roles in public libraries and arts organisations. Her professional interests include customer service, UX, Civic and community engagement, EDI, Access & Inclusion and learning space design.

Nuala is part of Liberate our Library working group and led on creating a Positive Action Graduate Trainee Post as part of the EDI work at Goldsmiths Library.


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

Addressing the colonial legacies in the University of Liverpool’s heritage collections - Jenny Higham, Robyn Orr, University of Liverpool

Our talk will outline the current project work on the heritage collections by Libraries, Museums & Galleries staff, and how this is related to, and informed by, academic, institutional and external partnerships.

Keith Nockels
University of Leicester
Jenny Higham
University of Liverpool

Jenny has been Head of Special Collections & Archives at the University of Liverpool since 2014, and is currently seconded to a role supporting planning, governance and cross-sectional strategic projects. One of her main roles is to co-lead the University's project on addressing colonial legacies in the University's heritage collections alongside academic colleagues in the Centre for the Study of International Slavery.

Robyn Orr
University of Liverpool

Robyn is currently on secondment as the University of Liverpool Liaison Librarian for the School of Law and Social Justice, however her permanent role is as the Academic Services Librarian within Special Collections and Archives at the University of Liverpool Library. She coordinates the Special Collections and Archives departmental project work in regards to colonial legacies.




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.

Simon Kerridge
.Kerridge Research Consulting

Simon has been a research manager and administrator for 30 years, and is now an independent research consultant. He is co-chair of the NISO CRediT Standing Committee, a board member of EARMA, the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators, and past chair of ARMA, the UK association. He is a member of Journal of Research Administration’s Author Fellowship Scheme, and an editor of the Journal of Research Management and Administration. Simon holds a professional doctorate in electronic research administration, leads the Research Administration as a Profession (RAAAP) projects, and teaches on the Johns Hopkins’ masters in research administration.

Thomas Kelly
Queen Mary, University of London

Tom is currently a Laboratory Technician in the School of Geography at QMUL – conducting analyses, running and maintaining instrumentation, supporting teaching, and ensuring that the labs are always ready for use. Previously Tom has worked in laboratories at Imperial College London and at the British Geological Survey. As well as working indoors, he also has experience in geological and geographical fieldwork within the UK and abroad, having undertaken field research in the Arctic Circle and the Amazon, and most recently on Lake Victoria (Kenya).

With a background in peatlands and environmental pollution, he has published more than 15 peer reviewed journal articles, including a co-authored article in Science.



Who's story is it anyway? Equalities, diversity and inclusion in the library sector.

Equalities, diversity and inclusion is a much discussed topic across the cultural sector, but how much progress have we made and how do we know?

Amina Shah
National Library of Scotland

Amina Shah is the National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland. She has more than 25 years' experience across the library and literature sector, including both public and academic libraries. She was a previous CEO of the Scottish Library and Information Council and Director of Programme at the Scottish Book Trust and is President of CILIP in Scotland. Amina has a strong interest in diversity and inclusion and the role libraries, literature and culture play in empowering individuals and communities. Appointed in October 2021, Amina is the first woman and first person of mixed cultural heritage to hold the position of National Librarian.


Summary and close


June 21 2022 - 19:00 - 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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