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Join us for the 2020 UKSG November Conference - "From Transition to Transformation: providing scholarly content and services in tumultuous times". This year's event will take place online over two consecutive half days. Wednesday 11th November: 9am GMT to approx. 1pm and Thursday 12th November: 1.30pm GMT to 5pm.


November 11 2020 - 00:00
November 12 2020 - 00:00


United Kingdom

About the Event



Event Summary

All members of the UKSG community have had to adapt rapidly to a seismic change which has implications for what services we offer and how; the sustainability of our business models; and for the persistence of agreements and norms that are now revisiting.  At the UKSG November Conference From Transition to Transformation: providing scholarly content and services in tumultuous times, will explore how the pace of change in the scholarly communication sector has accelerated as a result of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conference co-convener Charlie Rapple, Chief Customer Officer at Kudos, explains, “We were already a sector in transition; now we are seeing that become rapid transformation, as so many of our environmental factors have changed overnight. What does this mean for how libraries and publishers will work together in future? UKSG’s unique position as a cross-community membership organization means we are well placed to bring together a range of different perspectives for this important and timely discussion.”

Conference co-convenor Katherine Rose, Head of Content and Discovery at Imperial College London Library Services, adds, “We are thrilled to have been able to bring together such a strong and diverse set of speakers, whose range of perspectives will provide us with real insight into how our sector will move forward from the current situation, and how we will manage future disruptions. We are also excited to be running this event online for the first time, as this brings great benefits in terms of more affordable pricing, and greater inclusivity. We already have an astonishing number of pre-bookings and look forward to a well-attended conference of the high standard for which UKSG is renowned.”


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

Registration is available here, and will be valid for both sessions on the 11th and 12th November. 

Fees (both days):

  • Member - £ 35.00 + £ 7.00 VAT
  • Non-Member - £ 42.00 + £ 8.40 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. 


If you have particular accessibility needs, please feel free to contact Vicky Drew.

Our intention is to provide a transcript post event for each of the recorded sessions. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

A number of sponsorship opportunities are available please see here for further details.


To help you prepare for the UKSG online conference, you may like to read the Notes for Participants:

UKSG Conference Notes for Participants 2020

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Programme and Speakers


Login and Housekeeping


Introduction and Welcome from the Chair


Setting library strategic directions beyond COVID

Ed Fay
University of Bristol


Negotiating in the ‘new normal’: getting value for money in the post-COVID economy

Caren Milloy

In her 17 years at Jisc, Caren has undertaken a wide range of negotiations and licensing, developed online products and managed research projects on e-textbooks and open access monographs. As Deputy Director of member licensing, Caren’s focus is to ensure that licensing and negotiation service that Jisc Collections provides continues to save institutions time and money and supports the implementation of funder policies for open access. Achieving affordable and sustainable agreements with publishers and societies that enable the transition to open access is her primary focus.



The future of the etextbook market: pricing and pressures as education goes online

Birgit Fraser
Anglia Ruskin University




Panel discussion: How publishing strategies and operations are evolving as a result of pandemic disruption

Rob Johnson
Research Consulting
Rhodri Jackson
Oxford University Press
Randy Townsend
American Geophysical Union
Lyndsey Dixon
De Gruyter


What might our ’new normal’ mean for collaborative problem solving?

Sara Rouhi


Chair's Wrap up and Close

Programme and Speakers


Login and Housekeeping


Introduction and Welcome from the Chair


The Library’s role in delivering online teaching: meeting the rapidly changing needs of students

Coco Nijhoff
Imperial College London
Rowan Williamson
University of the Arts London




Changing Research needs

To be confirmed


The change in working practices and information needs from a researchers prospective

Gautam Dey
University College London

Gautam Dey is an evolutionary cell biologist and former Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow working with Buzz Baum at the UCL/MRC Lab for Molecular Cell Biology. Gautam studies the evolution of the eukaryotic cell cycle using genomics, phylogenetics and comparative experiments in archaea and fission yeast. Gautam received his PhD from Stanford University’s Department of Chemical and Systems Biology in 2015, working with Tobias Meyer. He holds a Masters (Research) degree from the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Delhi.


Gautam is also a founding member of the community-run preprint discussion forum preLights, supported by the Company of Biologists, and is an ambassador for ASAPbio, the scientist-driven non-profit promoting transparency and innovation in life science communication.


Liz Brewster
Lancaster University


Personal Resilience - Equiping ourselves as individuals for this 'journey'

To be confirmed


Chair's Wrap up and Close


June 15 2020 - 00:00 - November 12 2020 - 00:00

£ 35.00 + £ 7.00 VAT


£ 42.00 + £ 8.40 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.


General queries - 

Please take a look at our code of conduct 


The closing date for cancellations is Friday 9th 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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