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The UKSG Annual Conference is a major event in the scholarly communications calendar which attracts delegates each year from around the world - librarians, publishers, content providers, consultants and intermediaries. The conference combines high-quality plenary presentations, lightning talks and breakout sessions with entertaining social events and trade exhibition. Please note that bookings close on April 3rd, and we cannot take any bookings after this time, and we cannot accept on-site bookings. The UKSG team are busy putting together the conference and so there will be delays responding to your emails and calls.


April 13 2023 - 10:00
April 15 2023 - 03:15


Scottish Event Campus (SEC)
Glasgow, G3 8YW
United Kingdom

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About the Event


Photography at UKSG 2023

You can find all of the official photographs from the conference here.  We will shortly be posting a page of the amazing images uploaded to the app!


Registration has now closed. Please note we are unable to do on-site registrations in Glasgow.


All of the videos from the conference are now available online (open access) - view them here

Please click here for the a copy of the programme. 

Travel to Glasgow

More information on how to get to the SEC can be found here

ScotRail offer a special discounted train ticket for delegates travelling between the city centre and the SEC by train. The Conference Rover costs just £5 for up to 5 days' travel. More information.

The Glasgow convention bureau are pleased to offer delegates to the UKSG Conference a number of offers for the local area, these can be found here


First Timers attendees guide

We have produced a First Timers guide to the conference and and guide to Glasgow which we hope you find useful. This is available here


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Accommodation is not covered by the delegate fee.  The main online accommodation bookings service has now closed, however more details on local hotel are available here

Alternatively, you can book directly with Premier Inn, which is located across the river from the SEC.  

Map of Glasgow hotels.

Conference App

The conference app is available on both IOS and Android, more details are available here.  Registered delegates will receive an email direct to their inbox with further details.

Here is a guide for delegates to talk you through set up and an overview of how to start planning your conference experience. 

In addition, we also have a guide specifically for exhibitors, we encourage you to review this in advance of the conference to be get the most out of your attendance. 


The Exhibition for UKSG 2023 is now sold out, please contact if you wish to be placed on a waiting list.. You can find the Exhibitor Manual and floorplan here and the Sponsorship Manual here.

To see a list of our 2023 Exhibitors, click here

To see the list of exhibitor hosted events, please click here

Sponsorship Opportunities

ContentOnline are managing our sponsorship opportunities again for Glasgow - please do contact them for the brochure and to discuss your requirements!  Email: Par Rock,, phone: +46 (0) 70 888 99 23.  You can download the brochure here.



More information on accessibility at the Scottish Event Campus can be found here.  If you have any general questions about the event, we welcome you to contact us at

Additional venue information

UKSG and the SEC Campus put safety of our attendees at the highest priority.  Safety and security measures are in place to provide reassurance to our visitors, for more information the SEC's security and Covid safety measure please click here

  • During the live event be aware that generally bags larger than A3 size (30cm x 42cm) are not permitted inside the conference area, a complimentary cloakroom will be provided for conference delegate's use. 
  • As part of the return to work across the SEC campus, the SEC employed an independent ventilation specialist.  This involved taking air flow measurements from the air handling units and balancing the air across air systems to improve air movement, as well as replacing on the air handling units and reconfiguring the units to recirculate the filtered air.  

For more information the SEC's security and Covid safety measure please click here

A site map of the SEC can be found here

2023 John Merriman Award/Sponsored Places for Students and Early Career Professionals

Applications are now closed 

Named in honour of John Merriman, in recognition of his work in founding both UKSG and NASIG, this prestigious award provides an invaluable opportunity for anyone keen to learn and share experiences from a very different angle.  For more details and to apply click here

More details of our sponsored places for Student and Early career awards and bursaries can be found here.

The John Merriman award is supported by the generous sponsorship of Taylor & Francis Group and the early career professional awards are kindly sponsored by Royal Society of Chemistry, Wiley, UKSG and AIP Publishing 

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With thanks to our sponsors:

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Programme and Speakers


Registrations Opens

Refreshments and exhibition viewing. 


Opening of the Conference

followed by 

  • Greeting from NASIG - Dana M. Sinclair, SUNY Old Westbury
  • Presentation of the John Merriman Joint UKSG/NASIG Award presented by Carolyn Kirby, Taylor & Francis 

(Award Sponsored by Taylor and Francis) 

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  • Presentation to the sponsored students and early career professionals 

(Award Sponsored by AIP, Royal Society of Chemistry, UKSG & Wiley)

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Joanna Ball
DOAJ/Chair of UKSG

Joanna Ball is Managing Director for DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Before joining DOAJ in 2022, 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.


Plenary Session 1

Global equity in scholarly journal publishing: collaborating toward practical mechanisms to remove barriers for readers and authors - Colleen Campbell, Max Planck Digital Library

Through transformative agreements and other open access publishing frameworks, libraries and consortia worldwide are repurposing their former investments in subscription paywalls to enable immediate open access publication of hundreds of thousands of peer-reviewed research articles, so that no reader is excluded from access based on their financial status, and researchers everywhere can freely build on the new knowledge. But how can we equally ensure that authors do not encounter financial barriers as journals transition to OA business models and open access becomes the default in scholarly publishing?
OA2020 has partnered with UNESCO, the International Science Council, cOAlition S, EIFL and other international organizations on a series of regional workshops to identify the financial barriers that authors encounter and hear the challenges they face, particularly in resource-limited contexts, in order to develop actionable plans and practical mechanisms that ensure no author is limited in their opportunity to publish their accepted articles open access in the journals of their choice. In this talk, Colleen Campbell, Strategic Advisor to the Max Planck Digital Library and coordinator of the Open Access 2020 Initiative (OA2020), will share insights gained in the workshops and the proposals that emerged.

Increasing the visibility of African sustainable research: The potential of Open Science, Mac-Anthony Cobblah, University of Cape Coast

This paper will explore the new approaches to research and innovations in Africa and focus on the potential of open science in sustainable and innovative research. The paper will further evaluate notable open science initiatives in Africa including the EIFL/CARLIGH open access project in Ghana and make suggestions on how to address the implementation challenges of open science practices, particularly how to equip researchers and scientists with skills and incentives to practice open science

Indigenous Knowledge Preservation as a sign of respect for culture:  Concerns of libraries, archives and museums - Adetoun Oyelude, University of Ibadan.

Indigenous or traditional knowledge (IK) holders face a lack of respect and appreciation for such knowledge. Respect for culture means following protocols, accepting diversity, and recognizing indigenous cultures as living and continuously evolving. This article advances understandings to allow libraries, archives and museums to respect, affirm, and recognize indigenous ownership of traditional and living indigenous knowledges and respect protocols for their use. Preserving IK in academic libraries, using new technologies and how to respect indigenous culture in the preservation process will be explored. Intellectual property rights of knowledge holders, respect for the rights and adopted procedures will be described, with IK preservation activities assessed. Recommendations for more efficiently handling IK preservation as respect for culture are made

Colleen Campbell
Max Planck Digital Library

Colleen Campbell is strategic advisor for external engagement at the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). There she coordinates two open access initiatives: the Open Access 2020 Initiative, a global alliance of research organizations and their libraries that are repurposing their investments in subscriptions to support open access publishing, and the ESAC Initiative, a library community of practice building capacities around transformative and open access publishing agreements. She is a member of the LIBER Open Access Working Group and serves on the Managing Board of EIFL, a not-for-profit organization that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge in developing and transition economy countries.
@oa2020ini; @ColleenCampbe11

Dr. Mac-Anthony Cobblah
University of Cape Coast

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.


Adetoun Oyelude
University of Ibadan

Adetoun Adebisi Oyelude has 22 years’ experience working in an academic library. She is currently a Deputy University Librarian in charge of the Reader's Services Division of the Kenneth Dike Library, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. A member of the Nigerian Library Association, the American Library Association and several others, she is well published nationally and internationally. She is a Member, Standing Committee of the Academic and Research Libraries Section of the International Federation of Libraries and Associated Institutions (IFLA) and a fellow of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST).


Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

Lunch kindly sponsored by 

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Breakout Session - Group A


Breakout Session - Group B


Refreshments and exhibition viewing


Breakout session - Group C


Lightning Session 1

Open Publishing UK: Introducing a New Community of Practice - Kate Petherbridge, White Rose University Press,  Dominque Walker, Scottish Universities Press

This Talk will update UKSG on the establishment of a new Association for UK-based institutional publishers (‘new’ university presses, library-led publishing ventures etc) who are either fully or partly open access. We will set out why the Association is being set up, its aims and next steps in its development. Institutional publishers face specific challenges and coming together will ensure the success and continued growth of this fast-emerging new sector within scholarly publishing. We will invite input from attendees about what is needed in this space and look to raise awareness amongst those who might find membership beneficial in developing their own publishing ventures.

Guiding students through a shifting landscape: integrating Open Research topics into information literacy training at the University of Strathclyde - Karen Veitch, University of Strathcycle 

As a member of the Scholarly Publications and Research Data team, I have worked collaboratively with colleagues in Research and Learning Support to integrate key concepts and information about developments within Open Research into an online Academic Library Skills course. I will speak about my experience of working on this project, which sits at the intersection of information literacy instruction and scholarly communications, bringing together aspects of librarianship which often remain distinct. The themes of the intersection of information literacy instruction and scholarly communications and collaborative working across teams are what I will focus on during this lightning talk

Where are we with operationalising DEIA within the scholarly ecosystem post-pandemic? - Rebecca Moakes, Maverick Publishing Specialists

Exploring the journey from submission through to publication (the blockers and enhances), we will be conducting quantitative and qualitative research to gain a high-level understanding of the current landscape, including examples of innovation in this space, positive impact on students and researchers and improvements to the diversity, equity and accessibility of the research output. Reviewing what the adoption curve looks like and practical recommendations for moving the pendulum in the right direction. Research will be conducted by Maverick Publishing Specialists.


Kate Petherbridge

As White Rose Libraries Executive Manager, Kate Petherbridge works across the University libraries of Leeds, Sheffield and York on the strands of collaboration between these three partners. Her role includes leading the activities of White Rose University Press as WRUP Press Manager. Before moving to White Rose Libraries, Kate was Reader Services Librarian at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Gillian Daly
Scottish Universities Press

Gillian Daly is the Executive Officer of the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL) and the founding Press Manager and at Scottish Universities Press (SUP). Gillian was previously Head of Policy and Projects at the Scottish Library and Information Council, the government development agency for libraries, where she led national-scale projects across library services. Gillian has also worked in knowledge exchange and research management across Scottish HEIs as well as working in education and public libraries.

Karen Veitch
University of Strathclyde

Karen Veitch is an early career information professional working in the Scholarly Publications and Research Data Management team at the University of Strathclyde. Additionally, Karen serves as the External Liaison Officer for UKCoRR and as a Trustee on the Board of CILIP Scotland. Her interests include scholarly communications, Open Research, information literacy and the intersection of distinct areas of librarianship. She is passionate about how the move to ‘Open’ within higher education libraries can be harnessed to address longstanding inequalities within local, national and international research cultures, and within wider society.

Rebecca Moakes
Maverick Publishing Specialists

Rebecca is an accomplished senior publishing professional specialising in developing cutting-edge digital resources and delivering B2B and B2C products and services. With over 20 years’ experience working for and with publishers, she offers a combination of strategic, commercial and technical insights to deliver measurable business goals.

She has a proven track record of facilitating collaborative relationships between technical and business teams; informing product development through marketing intelligence and web analytics; and translating business requirements into user stories. As a champion of agile, UCD, and Accessibility, she has engaged extensively with end users through focus groups, interviews and usability testing to ensure a seamless experience which supports the product vision.


Exhibition viewing and reception

Please see the additional events also being held at this time here


Supper and quiz or free evening

(pre-booking required - numbers limited)

Kindly sponsored by 

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Programme and Speakers




Plenary Session 2

Black and Minority Ethnic experiences in higher education: social justice, inclusion and white privilege - Kalwant Bhopal, University of Birmingham

This lecture will examine how Black and minority ethnic staff and students remain marginalised in higher education. It will provide statistical data on the inequalities experienced by staff and students, followed by empirical research on Black and minority ethnic academics in UK and US higher education. By drawing on empirical research, the lecture will also explore how processes of whiteness and white privilege work to perpetuate the white space of higher education. The lecture will conclude by examining possible ways forward for higher education to engage with a socially just agenda for the inclusion of all groups.

A post-pandemic leadership model in a fractured world - Masud Khokhar, University of Leeds

The pandemic has had a significant impact on the motivation and health of organisations. Individuals and teams are tired, unsure, fatigued, and increasingly more polarised than ever before. The complexity and severity of the events unfolding around us is further perpetuating the feeling of learned helplessness. A systemic rebuild process is needed for organisations to move towards learned optimism, to return back to a steady and ultimately a thriving state. This presentation will focus on the observations and systems analysis of the current state, and will discuss recovery and rebuild approaches that can help us reach our goals and be optimistic about our future together.

Masud Khokhar
University of Leeds

Masud is the University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection at the University of Leeds. A computer scientist by education, and with libraries in his DNA, Masud is passionate about digital leadership and innovation in the changing library and archive environments. His core interests include strategic development, digital transformation, open research, and inclusive leadership. Masud is also the Vice-Chair of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and a firm supporter of diversity embedded in our thinking and practice within libraries and collections.

Kalwant Bhopal
University of Birmingham

Kalwant Bhopal is Professor of Education and Social Justice and Director at the Centre for Research in Race and Education, University of Birmingham.

She was appointed Professorial Research Fellow from 2017-2020. In January 2020 she became Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education (CRRE) in the School of Education.

Prior to that she was Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Southampton. She was Director of Post Graduate Research Degrees and chaired the faculty Equality and Diversity Committee. Previously, she worked at the Institute of Education.


Refreshments and exhibition viewing


Breakout Session - Group A


Lightning Session 2

The Role of Digital Publishing in Inclusive Practice - Laura Pacey, McGraw Hill

There is more content and more ways to access content than ever before, but the way disciplines are taught, and knowledge is held is not neutral. We need to reconnect, reorder and reclaim knowledges and teaching methodologies that have been submerged, hidden or marginalised. In this lightning talk, we explore ways to curate literature that reflects the global majority, while recognising that leading franchises are still dominated by senior, white, male academics. What role can digital publishing play in showcasing the voices of marginalised academics? Where can multimedia and simulations highlight relevancy for all those who want to engage?


Leveraging an open infrastructure and tapping into an open service: examples of established workflows and approaches for open access books - Tom Mosterd, Community Manager DOAB & OAPEN

As Scholarly Communications is amidst a transition to Open Science – resulting in the more widespread availability of open content, data and infrastructure - the scientific community itself become increasingly adept at engaging with 'open'. 

 Two examples of 'open infrastructure services' are the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and the OAPEN Library – both running on an open source version of DSpace with its metadata freely available under CC 0. The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) indexes over 60,000 open access books, whereas the OAPEN Library provides a structured and premium hosting environment for over 25,000 OA books.  

In practice, how are these open infrastructures being used? What workflows, services and use-cases have been built on top of these open platforms by its community? In this Lighting Talk we will highlight several practical examples of workflows that have been established by librarians, service providers and other stakeholders that tap into this open service: how they use this to their local benefit, how having an open infrastructure service enables this, and invite others to think creatively about how to make the most use of these types of services – now and in future as they continue to grow


Four Years of ROR: The Current State of the Research Organization Registry - Amanda French

ROR, the Research Organization Registry, does for organizations what ORCIDs do for scholars and DOIs do for research outputs: it identifies unique entities in an open, standard, and machine-readable way. Many repository and publishing systems allow the authors of articles and other research outputs to enter their university affiliations and funders as text strings, which makes for very messy data even within systems, let alone between systems. By producing clean, consistent affiliation information, ROR IDs can not only make it easier for universities and research institutes to track their impact in the context of the Research Excellence Framework, but can also create greater interoperability between and better affiliation searches within all manner of discovery systems. In this lightning talk, Amanda French, Technical Community Manager for ROR, will go over the value proposition of ROR; describe the initiative's history, governance, and plans; explain ROR's community-driven metadata curation process; and highlight some key implementations of ROR.

Laura Pacey
McGraw Hill

Laura Pacey is Product Director for McGraw Hill’s Higher Education division in the UK. She also leads the McGraw Hill UK/NECE Inclusion & Diversity Committee and is an active member of their Women’s Leadership Initiative. Shifting the needle is not only a personal mission but a professional focus supported by McGraw Hill.

Tom Mosterd
Community Manager DOAB & OAPEN

Tom Mosterd is the Community Manager for DOAB & OAPEN. His primary focus is on working with the growing library community on further improving and developing OAPEN and its services, connecting these with the needs of the library community. Next to this, Tom is one of three coordinators of the Open Access Books Network - an open network for anyone interested in open access books - organising events, creating resources, advocating for open access books and building a thriving community around open access books.


Lunch & exhibition viewing


Plenary Session 3

So …what next? The impact of Plan S for scholcomm stakeholders in 2025 and beyond - Roheena Anand, PLOS, Anna Vernon, Jisc, Robert Kiley, cOAlition S,  Wilhelm Widmark, Stockholm University, David Armstrong, ACS Publications

With its announcement in Autumn 2018, cOAlition S’ Plan S sent the academic publishing ecosystem into a tailspin. Stakeholders, including publishers, libraries, and researchers, scrambled to understand the mandate, its timeline, what journals would be impacted, and how revenue and collections strategies would have to change to adjust to this new reality. 

The scope and ambition of the mandate has fuelled ongoing debates about its fairness, in(or ex)clusivity, feasibility, timeline, and longer term, unintended impacts. Would it disadvantage European researchers? Would commercial publishers really comply? How would small nonprofit and society publishers make the transition? How could it work in H/SS fields with no funding? Should such a small group of influencers have such outsized power on global research networks?

This panel discussion, with representatives from cOAlition S, publishers, library consortia, and libraries will tackle this question in a moderated discussion format with opportunity for direct engagement with audience member questions.

Roheena Anand

Roheena is an Executive Director at PLOS, with responsibility for Global Publishing Development strategy. She has over 20 years’ experience from across the STM publishing industry, including strategic leadership of global teams and diverse portfolios at both commercial and society publishers. Prior to PLOS, she was Head of Open Access Journals at the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), with responsibility for the Open Access programme and policy for the organisation. She has a Masters degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.

Anna Vernon
Head of Licensing Jisc Collections

Anna Vernon. Head of Research licensing at Jisc. She is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of Jisc’s research content and software portfolio and leads the open access negotiations on behalf of UK institutions. Prior to working at Jisc Anna worked at the British Library on a range of copyright and licensing initiatives.

Robert Kiley
Head of Strategy cOAlition S

Robert Kiley is Head of Strategy at cOAlition S, working to accelerate the transition to full and immediate Open Access.

Prior to this he was Head of Open Research at the Wellcome Trust where he was responsible for developing and implementing their open research strategy.

Over the past decade Robert has played a leading role in the implementation of Wellcome's open access policy and overseeing the development of the Europe PubMed Central repository. He also led the development - in partnership with Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society - of eLife, the open-access research journal, launched in 2012. More recently he championed the work to create a new open publishing platform for Wellcome researchers – Wellcome Open Research.

Robert is a qualified librarian, a Board member of Open Research Central and served for 6 years on the ORCID Board of Directors.

Chris Pym
ACS International

Chris Pym is responsible for ensuring that ACS Publications provides funders, institutions, and researchers with a smooth path through the Open Science transition. This involves working with funders to ensure that both infrastructural support and administrative processes are developed to reduce the burden of the shift between the old and the new.

Prior to this he has over 20 years of experience in research publishing across both commercial and editorial roles for a variety of corporate and not-for-profit publishers including Oxford University Press and BioMed Central.


Breakout Session - Group B


Refreshments and exhibition viewing


Breakout Session - Group D


Exhibition viewing


Gala Reception

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

Thank you to our sponsor for the evening 

ACS Publications

Directions to the Kelvingrove can be found here 

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Plenary 4

Panel Session:  Tackling the fault lines in our sector - a thought provoking panel discussion with sector leaders from the UKSG community chaired by Joanna Ball

We welcome you to submit your questions to the panel ahead of the conference here


Joanna Ball
DOAJ/Chair of UKSG

Joanna Ball is Managing Director for DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Before joining DOAJ in 2022, 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.

Gwen Evans

Gwen Evans is VP of Global Library Relations at Elsevier. Previously, Gwen spent seven years as Executive Director of the state agency/library consortium OhioLINK. She held the position of Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Library Information Technologies at Bowling Green State University until 2012. She has extensive experience with all types of academic libraries including consortia. Her recent publications include an Ithaka S+R issue brief co-authored with Roger Schonfeld, It’s Not What Libraries Hold; It’s Who Libraries Serve: Seeking a User-Centered Future for Academic Libraries” and “Creating Diversity in Libraries: Management Perspectives” in Library Leadership & Management with Mihoko Hosoi and Nancy S. Kirkpatrick.


Cary Bruce

Cary Bruce is senior vice president and managing director of
EBSCO Information Services Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa and has held that position since 2018. In this role, he is responsible for the operational EBSCO units in eleven countries as well profit responsibility for EBSCO Subscription and Book selling activities in the region. He is based primarily in Berlin and has been living in Germany for over 35 years.

Cary Bruce joined EBSCO in October 2002 and, along with his European teams of over 500 employees, has extensive national and international experience in the agency business as well as in consortia and licensing of electronic journal packages.

Prior to joining EBSCO, Bruce held several management positions in publishing and media companies, including Bertelsmann Professional Publishing, Burda and a joint venture between Holtzbrinck and the Langenscheidt Group.
Since 2004, Cary Bruce has been an active member of the advisory board of GESIG, the German Serials Working Group

Cary Bruce's academic career includes the following degrees:
+ BSFS in International Economics, Georgetown University, Washington D.C./USA.
+ MBA, INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau/France

Chris Burghardt

Chris Burghardt is Senior Vice President, Product Management at Clarivate

Chris has spent his professional career focusing on new product development and delivering solutions for academic and research markets. He joined Clarivate from ProQuest in 2021, where he was SVP and General Manager for ProQuest Information Solutions. Prior to ProQuest, he held several leadership roles at Clarivate, Thomson Reuters and Wolters Kluwer.

Chris holds a BA in Political Science and Government from Villanova University and an MBA from Fox School of Business at Temple University. He is based in Philadelphia.

Jane Harvell
University of Sussex

Jane is currently a member of the UUK/Jisc Content Negotiation Strategy Group and the SCONUL Content Strategy Group as well as Vice-Chair of RLUK (Research Libraries UK). She is also the Chair of the Mass Observation Archive Trust whose collections are held at Sussex.  She has spent a number of years associated with UKSG in an executive role on its Main Committee and leading its Education Committee.


Masud Khokhar
University of Leeds

Masud is the University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection at the University of Leeds. A computer scientist by education, and with libraries in his DNA, Masud is passionate about digital leadership and innovation in the changing library and archive environments. His core interests include strategic development, digital transformation, open research, and inclusive leadership. Masud is also the Vice-Chair of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and a firm supporter of diversity embedded in our thinking and practice within libraries and collections.


Breakout Session - Group C


Refreshments and exhibition viewing


Breakout Session - Group D


Plenary 5, Shift Happens: Be the Change

Best-selling author and wellbeing expert Dr Andy Cope will deliver a lively, fun and interactive session on maintaining positively and motivation in your professional and personal life. Andy promises no bull or psychobabble. Instead, you can expect to be entertained, informed and enthused. SHIFT HAPPENS changes everything, starting with you. It’s a Saturday morning that might change your life!

Andy Cope

Andy Cope describes himself as a qualified teacher, author, happiness expert and learning junkie. He has spent the last 10 years studying positive psychology, happiness and flourishing, culminating in a Loughborough University PhD thesis.

Andy Cope appreciates that his ‘Dr of Happiness’ label is terribly cheesy but it affords him an important media platform. In times of rising depression and an epidemic of ‘busyness’, Andy believes there has never been a more appropriate time to raise the happiness agenda.

He is a best-selling author, having written books such as ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’, ‘Be Brilliant Everyday’ and ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager’ (Capstone), which address how to be a happier, more motivated and positive person. He has penned a series for Crown House aimed at teachers, and also moonlights as a children’s author. Andy’s research feeds into a training course called ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ which has been delivered to rave reviews all over the world.

He has a passion for motivation and positive psychology and is trying to influence people to think differently in order to be happier.


Summary and Close

Joanna Ball
UKSG Chair/DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
Programme and Speakers

What role should journal publications play in research evaluation?

Journal publications currently play a significant role in research assessment: in rankings, REF and recruitment. They are assessed by quantity, citedness, the journal they appear in, or peer review. However, assessing journal publications can be difficult and can drive wider system failures such as questionable research practices, rising publication costs, and delays.
Increasingly there are calls to evaluate a broader diversity of roles, inputs, processes, and outputs through our research assessments but it’s not clear to what extent these approaches truly value a wider range of research 'qualities'.
This participative session will explore the appropriate place of journal publications in research and researcher assessment with the assistance of the INORMS SCOPE framework.

Elizabeth Gadd
Loughborough University
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gadd works as a Research Policy Manager at Loughborough University. She chairs the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Research Evaluation Group and co-champions the UK Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Research Evaluation Special Interest Group. She founded the LIS-Bibliometrics Forum and The Bibliomagician Blog which provides bibliometric advice and guidance 'by practitioners, for practitioners'. Elizabeth was the recipient of the 2020 INORMS Award for Excellence in Research Management Leadership.


Increasing Collections Engagement at UoB – identifying and promoting purchased but underused resources

University of Birmingham has always worked closely with academics to identify and purchase key databases outright, to own the content and avoid the risk of rising recurring costs. However, what happens when interest in the resource starts to fade, and when it is no longer new and exciting?

In this talk I will cover the different ways we have been tackling the issue of less visible, owned-outright electronic resources, and how we have worked to reposition them with the aim of higher usage and greater academic engagement. I will explain how we identified our under-used resources, and will use case studies to demonstrate the different routes we used to spark interest in these resources, and to raise their usage – such as engaging academics in curriculum mapping and asking for short story submissions for National Storytelling Week. I will also discuss how we are measuring impact, along with lessons learned so far, and planned next steps.

Catherine Robertson
University of Birmingham

Catherine is the Library Engagement Advisor for the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham. She has an MA in Information and Library Management, and has worked in various areas in the Library including Engagement, Subject Advisor, Serials, and Cataloguing for the last seventeen years. Her current professional interests are collections promotion and engagement, and exploring how data can be used to drive decisions around collection management and promotion. In her free time she enjoys wild swimming and playing roller derby.

Joint session

The [in]discoverability of open access books, taking action to improve the OA ebook supply chain - Tom Mosterd, DOAB Foundation, Open Access Books Network, Rupert Gatti, Thoth

The transition to open access for scholarly content such as books and journals enables research to be widely and freely available to readers worldwide. As publishers, funders, libraries and researchers are increasingly engaged in making scholarly books available open access (OA), how do these OA versions find their way through the supply chain for scholarly books? Which, for a large part, is built around print and digital (non-OA) books. 

 As part of this session we will hear from the OAPEN & Thoth team – two open metadata service providers that are part of the Open Book Collective and work together to increase discoverability for open access books. Jointly, we’ll take a closer look at the OA ebook supply chain and how these solutions contribute to bringing OA books to their readers, the challenges along the way and how we can ensure, collectively, that OA books are as (or more) discoverable compared to their closed counterparts.  

Streamlining monograph metadata supply with BDS - Heather Sherman, Bibliographic Data Services 

The 2020 NAG Quality of Shelf Ready Metadata report and Jisc’s work on Plan M both highlighted that the monograph metadata supply chain is costly, inefficient, and not fit for purpose. To address this, BDS consulted with the entire monograph supply chain – publishers, suppliers, purchasing consortia, system providers and libraries to create a radically new service - the BDS Academic Library Licence.

The Breakout session will explore how BDS and libraries such as Imperial College have partnered on a cost-effective, completely hands-off solution for the creation, curation, supply and sharing of high quality records that realises the aims of Jisc’s Plan M and brings about much needed change to the metadata marketplace which is resulting in service improvements and cost savings.

Tom Mosterd
DOAB Foundation, Open Access Books Network

Tom Mosterd is the Community Manager for DOAB & OAPEN. His primary focus is on working with the growing library community on further improving and developing OAPEN and its services, connecting these with the needs of the library community. Next to this, Tom is one of three coordinators of the Open Access Books Network - an open network for anyone interested in open access books - organising events, creating resources, advocating for open access books and building a thriving community around open access books.

Heather Sherman
Bibliographic Data Services

Heather has vast experience in library systems, technology, physical and digital supply chains, metadata life-cycle, e-commerce, eBooks, acquisitions and cataloguing especially in relation to academic libraries. Prior to joining BDS in 2020, Heather worked for Dawson / BLS for 15 years. She began her career as a graduate trainee at the British Library, has held posts within academic libraries and has worked with libraries worldwide including the Bodleian Library, Imperial College, the University of South Africa, and Public Libraries throughout Ireland. A regular presenter at conferences and training events, she is a member of several industry committees, and a regular presenter at Conferences and training events

Rupert Gatti

Dr Rupert Gatti is a Fellow in Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and a co-founder and director of Open Book Publishers. He is one of the founders of the OABN, where he led the 'voices' session on distribution and metadata. Rupert is also one of the work package leads within the COPIM Project developing Thoth, an open metadata and distribution service for OA books.

Gender and ethnicity productivity patterns in the scientific literature/Advancing DEI in research publishing – putting strategy into practice

Gender and ethnicity productivity patterns in the scientific literature - Gali Halevi, Clarivate

Evidence shows that women in academia are more likely to publish sole-authored papers than men and our findings add the additional insight that this occurs predominantly early in a woman’s career. There are several possible explanations. Earlier in their careers, women often seek tenure, and sole-authored publications are very important for promotion. Moreover, younger women may also have young children: family obligations can impede collaboration or travel. Women have been shown to have smaller networks than male counterparts, and this may reduce possible partnership opportunities. Further, collaboration can result in second or third authorship, which would reduce the impact of women’s contribution; women may be unwilling to receive less credit. Other reasons may be discrimination and bias, but these are less likely than the reasons suggested above.


Advancing DEI in research publishing – putting strategy into practice - Thea Sherer, Springer Nature Group

In September 2021, we made our formal commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) across our external Research & Solutions activities. Since then, our journals, books and magazines are elevating issues of diversity, representation, equity, justice and much more in both their content and their processes. From launching the industry’s first guide to content that may be harmful to human population groups, a new approach to ethics dumping and helicopter research, a transgender name change policy and Nature’s first ever guest edition on racism in science: we’ve taken steps to integrate DEI into the way we work and the content we create. In this session, we’ll talk about our experience so far turning strategy into practice, and the projects we’re planning for the near future from language guides to data collection

Gali Halevi

Gali Halevi is the Director of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI)™. Previously she was Associate Dean of Libraries & Information Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Mount Sinai Health System. She has a background in bibliometrics and has worked in academic publishing and as an information specialist for pharmaceutical and financial companies

Thea Sherer
Springer Nature Group

Thea Sherer is Director of Sustainability and Climate Action Officer at Springer Nature Group. Since 2017 she has led on sustainability strategy and corporate reporting, driving forward a programme that measures, monitors and works to improve the publishers’ environmental and social impacts. Thea’s career has been spent working at the intersection of business and society, developing strategies that create positive impact within responsible businesses and beyond. Before joining Springer Nature, she spent five years building philanthropic corporate partnerships to enable research and student support at UCL, and prior to that worked in corporate communications and sustainability reporting at BP, including in its Alternative Energy business.

New approaches to resource sharing - reassessing library collections, resetting the power balance in support of the open research agenda

A new generation of library resource sharing solutions is helping libraries transform legacy ILL practices and systems. Solutions such as Project Reshare, RapidILL from Ex Libris and Tipasa from OCLC are helping to build peer-to-peer resource sharing communities such as the N8+, improve the user experience and reduce costs and complexity. They are also challenging assumptions about library collections and the value of big deals, helping to drive forward a more open and equitable research environment.  

Ken Chad
Ken Chad Consulting

Ken gained his Master’s degree from the Information Science Department at City University in London. He is also an alumnus of the Warwick University Business Innovation and Growth Programme. He worked as a librarian before spending over 20 years in the library technology business. He set up his consulting business in 2007 to help make libraries and archives more effective. He has presented widely in the UK and internationally. Ken has published a number of open access briefing papers on library technology issues and runs Higher Education Library Technology -an open and free community resource.

Anna Clements
University of Sheffield

Anna is Director of Library Services and University Librarian at the University of Sheffield. She has more than 20 years' experience working in information technology, digital transformation and senior library roles in higher education. Anna has a particular interest in the transformation of research culture through open scholarship and is co-sponsor of the N8+ project developing sustainable resource sharing.

Innovation vs Onboarding for the Future of Academic Publishing: Status of the Dynamica Pilot with Stockholm University

Dynamica a calm, modern university infrastructure software for the future of Open Access publishing. No paying to publish or read, and all the automated workflow management for researchers, libraries, and funders in one tool. Stockholm University launched a pilot of this software during Open Access week in 2022. In this session, we will be honestly going through what didn't work, what happened over the months, what we learned, and what the status of this pilot will be as of April 2023.

Abeni Wickham

Abeni holds a PhD in Molecular Physics but gave it all up to create SciFree, a software company with a mission to make research open to the public for free. Why? Because researchers, libraries, and funders deserve better tools to meet the growing demands of Open Access and Open Science.
SciFree currently serves 40 University Library customers in Sweden, Denmark, and the United Kingdom. Apart from building new tech platforms for university infrastructure and creating a primarily female-led software company, Abeni also volunteers on the NASIG Digital Preservation committee and tries to help PhDs transition into their careers.

Katarina Ingemarsson
Stockholm University Library

Katarina is a librarian and works as a license manager in the licensing and open access team at Stockholm University library. The team manages licenses for e-resources as well as supporting researchers when publishing open access. Katarina has a background as project leader, developer and coordinator within IT and usability and she has over 20 years’ experience of working in higher education libraries.
Stockholm University Library has been involved in developing the Dynamica pilot, and also the pilot for SciFree journal search a few year ago.

Annica Wentzel
Stockholm University Library

Annica Wentzel works as a license manager in the licensing and open access team at Stockholm University library. The team manages licenses for e-resources as well as supporting researchers when publishing open access. Annica has a background at the Bibsam Consortium at the National Library of Sweden and Ebsco Information services.

Certain in our uncertainty: Acknowledging, addressing and achieving in an unequal scholarly communications landscape

This breakout session will scrutinise two very different scholarly communications teams and identify the similarities, differences and chasms within.  Each team represents a ‘side’ of this inequality: 

  • When you ‘have’ - what do you focus on? 
  • When you ‘have not’ - how to achieve when your resources are very limited?

We will share our different experiences of challenges we have in common, such as grappling with Transformative Agreements; establishing processes to support data-driven decision-making; and advocacy and securing buy-in from senior leaders. We’ll also consider some challenges which are specific to our local context; how we have addressed these; and identify future issues on the horizon.  Using our own institutional perspectives, we hope to invite discussion on how we can do better, for and by each other, recognising that by acknowledging similar uncertainties, we may find solutions that can benefit all of the academy. 

Katherine Stephan
Liverpool John Moores University

Katherine Stephan is the research engagement librarian at Liverpool John Moores University. She is responsible for organising library training related to research, outreach, engagement and publishing for all researchers at LJMU. She has a background in children’s librarianship and is a keen advocate of local libraries, open research and responsible research assessment. She is the librarian member of Think, Check, Submit (an initiative to help researchers identify trusted journals for their research); a member of the UKSG’s outreach and engagement committee; and a co-organiser of Open Research Week, a collaboration between LJMU, Edge Hill, Essex and Liverpool Universities.



Lucinda May
University of Manchester

Lucinda May is the Research Services Manager at The University of Manchester Library. Having taken a leading role in developing Manchester's Open Access service since 2014, Lucy now oversees delivery of the Library’s core support services to researchers throughout the research lifecycle, seeking to embed and advocate for the principles of open research at every opportunity, from data management planning to the publication, dissemination and analysis of research outputs. 

Steve Carlton
University of Manchester

Steve has been working in OA and scholarly communications since 2015 and has been at the University of Manchester since 2019. As Research Services Coordinator, Steve leads the OA service that facilitates open access to around 2,500 journal articles and conference proceedings each year, including managing almost £4 million in OA budgets. He spends a lot of his time thinking about publisher agreements, but would much rather spend that time thinking about PIDs, research communication and innovative open access publishing models.

Programme and Speakers

Archiving Brain Fruits: Research Data Management for The Arts

Arts scholarship is tough in the current landscape, working under a government that increasingly values STEM and in a culture that has increasing requirements in open research. Research data management, born of engineering disciplines, is not easily applicable to visual or performing arts and nor should it be. Significant changes in the language, approach, infrastructure and drivers or goals need to happen in any research data management intervention in order to provide arts research with the support it needs, not for it’s data to yield maximum impact, but for it’s compost to turn into the brightest blooms.

Lancaster University has a small but impactful research output in this discipline, and it can be difficult to engage researchers in the sharing and publishing of research data when they are incredibly unfamiliar with the process and in most cases do not consider themselves creators of data at all. In this paper, 5 key challenges are presented as a way of articulating the complexity in this area, and arguments are presented that maintain that research data management is entirely relevant for the arts. This contextual understanding combined with upskilling has begun to develop relationships at Lancaster, resulting in effective publishing of the following dataset in our institutional repository:

Joanne Fitzpatrick
Lancaster University

Joanne Fitzpatrick is Research Data Manager on the Open Research Team at Lancaster University, and an End Point Assessor for Data related apprenticeships. In her RDM role, she provides the infrastructure and technical expertise needed to make data as open as possible and as closed as necessary at Lancaster. She has an established background in music and the arts, having previously been a music tutor and holding both a PGCE Music and BSc in Music and Sound Technology, as well as her MSc in Information Science. Joanne is currently heavily active in alternative spiritualities, incorporating her experiences in performance art to create highly immersive experiences for adherents.

Supporting AfricArXiv and broadening our universities’ research audience

AfricArXiv is an award-winning, community-led digital archive for African research. In addition to African researchers, it is open to submissions from ‘scientists who report on research relevant to African affairs’.

This presents an opportunity for many UK-based authors, who by depositing their eligible papers will make them more accessible to African research users and broaden their readership. Use of Creative Commons licences (whereby authors retain copyright) has made this possible, but some barriers remain.

We submitted an initial batch of papers and assessed engagement by research users. We maintained regular dialogue with AfricArXiv to ensure the scholarship is relevant and beneficial, so its potential can be realised.

Liam Bullingham
Edge Hill University

Until recently, Liam managed research support in Library and Learning Services at Edge Hill University. At Essex, he leads the Academic and Research Services team in Library and Cultural Services; this includes academic liaison and information literacy team and also research services. He is a member of the LIS-Bibliometrics Committee and is a Trustee of UKSG..

Sally Dalton
University of Leeds

Sally Dalton leads on researcher skills development at the University of Leeds libraries. Sally has a particular interest in inclusive and accessible learning and teaching and she has expertise in bibliometrics and literature searching. Additionally Sally is the co-chair of the Academic Libraries North EDI Action Group and is a Primary School Governor.

Johanna Havemann

With a background in Evolution and Developmental Biology, Dr. Jo Havemann is a trainer and consultant in [Open] Science Communication and [digital] Science Project Management. Her work experience covers NGOs, a science startup and international institutions including the UN Environment Programme. With a focus on digital tools for science and her label Access 2 Perspectives, she aims at strengthening global science communication in general – and with a regional focus on Africa – through Open Science.


Keletso Masisi

Keletso is a PhD fellow with background in biological sciences and biotechnology. She is invested and passionate about improvement of African research and empowerment of African researchers. She is currently involved with Africarxiv as a project manager where she contributes to building an African owned open scholarly repository. In addition she is passionate about empowering emerging researchers and raising awareness about biosafety in the continent of Africa.

Nicholas Outa

Mr. Nicholas Outa is a PhD candidate in Fisheries and Aquaculture at Maseno University in Kenya. He is also the Founder of WritingHub Africa that trains and mentors early career researchers in Scientific Writing and Communication. Mr. Outa is the Head of Submissions Moderation and curation at AfricArXiv which is a pan-African open access Preprint repository. Mr. Outa is also a Research Capacity Advisor at Training Centre in Communication and mentor at Aider Africa. He is passionate about Open Science and gives talks on topics around Mental Health in academia

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Mapping Institutional Research/SDG’s in Research Portal Denmark – providing insights on a national level

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Mapping Institutional Research/SDG’s in Research Portal Denmark – providing insights on a national level

Nicola will talk about how Lancaster has mapped scholarly output onto the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using SciVal and Altmetric Explorer data. She will present an overview of Lancaster’s research, exploring subject differences and areas of strengths/for improvement. She will also detail how this information has been used across the University, including at different levels of seniority. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how Lancaster has contributed to the SDGs, as well as potential methodology to use at their own university.

SDG’s in Research Portal Denmark – providing insights on a national level - Karen Hytteballe Ibanez, Technical University Denmark, DTU, NORA Team/Mogens Sandfaer, National Open Research Analytics 

​​​​​​​Abstract Research Portal Denmark collects and exhibits data from global, national, and institutional sources for Danish research in four parallel databases, including publications which have been mapped to one or more of the 17 SDGs. Unsurprisingly, the portal's databases show that due to the sources' SDG mapping methods, there is a big difference in the number of SDG tagged publications from different sources, as well as which- and how many SDGs the respective publications have been mapped to. The presentation will discuss how – and whether you can handle this inconsistency in an analytical context in a responsible way.

Nicola Wylie
Lancaster University

Nicola has worked at Lancaster University Library since 2020 developing the Research Intelligence (RI) Service. Nicola leads on the strategic and operational elements of RI, enabling academics and the University to understand the impact of research globally. Nicola sits on the Library Management Team (LMT) discussing and leading on cross-cutting projects. Amongst other extra responsibilities, she is Chair of the Staff Development Group, and part of the Wellbeing Group. Nicola completed the prestigious Ambitious Futures Leadership and Management Programme, before finding her place in the Library world.

Karen Hytteballe Ibanez
Technical University Denmark, DTU, NORA Team
Mogens Sandfaer
National Open Research Analytics

In the early 90ties, Mogens worked at CERN developing databases and systems for the Scientific Information Service. The experience of working with the emerging WWW and CERN preprint service led to the establishment and leadership of the Nordic Networking Center promoting digitization and internetworking in the region. At the Technical University of Denmark, Mogens has been university librarian before focusing on research analytics, research data management and Open Science.

Open Access Monographs, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic

Open Access Monographs simultaneously represent a challenge and opportunity for both researchers, academic libraries and publishers Firstly in supporting academics to navigate the changing monograph landscape and achieving a wider readership, whilst also complying with funder policies. Secondly in terms of libraries working in dialogue with publishers to support the wider development of the OA monograph sector, as well as ensuring students and researchers have continued access to optimum content. Thirdly for publishers in terms of financial sustainability.

This session will focus on how the University of Salford Library is developing a strategy to achieve these joint goals of maximising the opportunities of OA monographs whilst combating the challenges.

Dominic Broadhurst
University of Salford

Dominic Broadhurst is Head of Content & Discovery at the University of Salford, where he both leads the library content and digital teams and is also a member of the Library Leadership Team

He is active in the profession having published widely in a range of publications and has spoken widely at industry conferences in recent years including the Charleston conference, the ALPSP conference and at the UKSG conference. He is a current elected Trustee of UKSG and is also Chair of the newly constituted conference subcommittee which curates the content for the annual UKSG conference.

Jennifer Bayjoo
University of Salford

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.

Cold comfort or hot potato: who’s responsible for publication ethics?

The evolving world of academic publication can give rise to complex questions around publication ethics involving multiple stakeholders: researchers, journal editors, publishers, and different teams within an academic institution. Publication ethics may be covered by institutional policies, by research group codes of conduct, by journal and publisher policies, or collaborative agreements. If an issue arises, this may be complex, leading to delays and extra work for all those involved. In this panel session we will explore publication ethics issues from a wide range of stakeholder perspectives to consider where the various responsibilities lie and more effective ways to resolve issues.

Matt Hodgkinson

Matt is a Research Integrity Manager at the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO), supporting the work of the charity including the enquiry service, the development of policies and publications, and social media. He has a BA (Hons) in Biological Science from Oxford and an MSc in Genetics from Cambridge. He worked in open access science journal publishing for 18 years, developing expertise in peer review, critical appraisal, editorial policy, and publication ethics as an editor at BMC and PLOS and then heading the Research Integrity team at Hindawi. He is a council member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Treasurer of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE).

Elizabeth Gadd
Loughborough University
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gadd works as a Research Policy Manager at Loughborough University. She chairs the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Research Evaluation Group and co-champions the UK Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Research Evaluation Special Interest Group. She founded the LIS-Bibliometrics Forum and The Bibliomagician Blog which provides bibliometric advice and guidance 'by practitioners, for practitioners'. Elizabeth was the recipient of the 2020 INORMS Award for Excellence in Research Management Leadership.


Sabina Alam
Taylor and Francis

Dr Sabina Alam is the Director of Publishing Ethics and Integrity at Taylor and Francis Group. After a research career in neuroscience, Sabina moved into STM publishing in 2008, working on open access journals and a variety of peer review and publishing models at BMC journals (Springer Nature) and later at F1000 Research. Sabina joined Taylor and Francis in 2018, leading the Publishing Ethics and Integrity team on providing investigative support and expert guidance on editorial policies, publishing ethics and research integrity. Sabina also serves on several cross-industry working groups on publishing ethics and research integrity issues, including paper mills.

Lisa DeBruine
University of Glasgow

Lisa DeBruine is a professor of psychology at the University of Glasgow School of Psychology and Neuroscience. She is a founding member and current Associate Director of the Psychological Science Accelerator, a member of the APA Open Science and Methodology Committee, a local lead for the UK Reproducibility Network, a member of the ORCiD Researcher Advisory Council, and a member of the psyTeachR team for reproducible research educational resources.

Catherine Winchester
CRUK Beatson Institute

Catherine Winchester is senior research adviser at the CRUK Beatson Institute. She has a degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Sheffield, and a PhD in Molecular Genetics from Imperial College London. Having spent time as a postdoctoral researcher she was then appointed Molecular Biology Team Leader for an academic/industry partnership, between the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma and Pfizer. In her current role she works to promote, support and enable researchers to conduct research with the highest standards of integrity. She represents the Beatson Institute with research integrity bodies such as UKRIO and UKRN.


Samantha Oakley
University of Glasgow

Sam is currently the Research Governance and Integrity manager at the University of Glasgow, based within Research Services. Her role involves policy, training and communications to promote Research Integrity and developing a new service to support Trusted Research. Prior to moving to Scotland, Sam worked as an academic and research librarian in Wales for over 15 years. Before that, she was a software developer and has a PhD in Egyptology.


A TDM journey: understanding user needs and developing library support

In this session we look at how Library Services at Birmingham responded to researchers wanting to leverage the UK’s copyright rules around text and data mining (TDM) for non-commercial research purposes.

Our talk will cover our journey from initial engagement with researchers, to exploring infrastructure issues with IT colleagues, and encountering skills gaps as we look to develop new services and activities that meet the needs of those using TDM, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) or Big Data methodologies in teaching and research.

Contributions from others just starting their journey or travelling a well-trodden path, are most welcome.

Alex Fenlon
University of Birmingham

Alex leads the Copyright & Licensing Team at Birmingham to oversee activity in this space, working to support researchers, lecturers and students to overcome the myths and challenges they face when encountering copyright related issues. Alex supports University’s strategic objectives contributing to the shape of institutional policy especially in relation to Open Science and Open Education.

Alex currently sits on the Liber Copyright and Legal Affairs working group, engages with RLUK’s Digital Scholarship Network, the Mercian Copyright Network and other related fora to enhance knowledge at a national level, helping individuals overcome copyright concerns.


Lisa Bird
University of Birmingham

Lisa is Copyright and Licensing Advisor at the University of Birmingham providing copyright guidance and managing the digitisation service. Lisa has been active member of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians including being Chair of their Professional Development Committee.

Lisa has published several journal articles related to education, technology and widening participation. Lisa’s interest in technology and librarianship continues and last year she presented at RLUK’s Digital Scholarship Network meeting on ‘Making your collections digital scholarship ready: copyright and licensing implications of AI and TDM’.

Minimising environmental impact and improving sustainability, Cambridge University Press’s journey to becoming greener

As a department of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge University Press and Assessment shares the University’s aim of contributing to a sustainable future for all. Setting a target of reducing our energy-related carbon emissions to zero by 2048 is one way in which we aim to add social and environmental value to the world and minimise impact on the environment and the communities where we operate.

Many other universities represented at UKSG will have similar targets and we have much to learn from each other about how to achieve them. Working collaboratively with our partners, suppliers and stakeholders is essential to scale up global progress.

Find out how we are addressing the challenge of environmental sustainability at CUP&A, including how we are decarbonising buildings, analysing our own Scope 3 data and tackling the knotty problems of reducing emissions associated with both print and the digital hosting of publications.

Vicky Evans
Cambridge University Press and Assessment

Vicky is head of sustainability for Cambridge University Press & Assessment and has over eight years experience in the assessment and education sector. Having focused on international curriculum redevelopment, community engagement and employee experience and communications, Vicky now leads the development of the organisation's sustainability strategy, in alignment with the UN Global Compact and the UN Sustainability Goals. Vicky has a background in arts and museum management, art shipping and cultural engagement, holding masters degrees in English Literature and History and Museums Studies from The Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews. With over ten years' experience in the international museums sector, Vicky is passionate about advocating for and empowering communities to drive sustainable futures within their own local and cultural contexts.

Andri Johnston
Cambridge University Press and Assessment
Andri Johnston has worked across trade, education and academic publishing in the digital space for the last 10 years. Her personal passion for sustainability finally connected with her day job when she discovered a new thinking called Digital Sustainability. She lead the Digital Sustainability Working Group at CUP&A, leads a project to calculate the carbon emissions of the entire Academic digital publishing workflow and platforms. She wants to inspire the wider publishing and academic community to consider their digital footprint and work towards creating more sustainable digital publishing products,
Annie Harvey
Cambridge University Press and Assessment

The read & publish user journey: delivering a unified reader & author experience

Institutions and publishers have been signing read & publish agreements to combine the cost of reading and publishing under one agreement. However, the user experience for both is still treated as two separate journeys. In this breakout session, we will discuss what a more unified, ‘read & publish’ user experience could look like by allowing authors to use the same login with a publisher to read their paywalled content and publish in a publisher’s journals. We will discuss examples, challenges and implications for publishers and libraries.

Romy Beard

Romy Beard has over 17 years' experience working in the academic online publishing. She currently works as Head of Publisher Relations at ChronosHub, a Danish Open Access management platform that works with publishers, institutions, and funders to make the open access publishing process easier for authors. Romy also runs ChronosHub's monthly educational webinars that aim to bring different stakeholders in the community together for a discussion around various open-access related topics. Romy holds a First Class honours degree in English Language & Literature from the University of Glasgow, and a postgraduate M.A. in English Literature from the University of Warwick.

Suzanne Atkins
University of Birmingham

Suzanne Atkins is the Open Access Librarian at the University of Birmingham. As part of the University’s Scholarly Communications Services team, Suzanne provides guidance and training around open access for publications and other areas of open research.

She is responsible for the management and promotion of the University’s open access budgets, including funder block grants and internal funds. She is also involved in institutional decision-making around participation in publisher agreements. Suzanne is engaged in wider open access community initiatives and is a member of the RLUK Open Access Publisher Processes Group (OAPP).

Robert Scaysbrook

Rob Scaysbrook is Global Head of Sales and Partnerships for OpenAthens, he works closely with libraries and publishers around the globe to maximise their use of technology. He's passionate about user experience and supports his customers and partners on their journey to provide seamless authentication via single sign-on.

Shelley Allen

Shelley Allen is Head of Open Research at Emerald. With 21 years’ experience within academic publishing, working across a range of subject disciplines. Shelley is passionate about driving change and has a keen interest in open science, particularly exploring ways to help unfunded communities to understand the benefits and leverage the wider impact “Open” can have, including bringing new and diverse voices into the research ecosystem.

Programme and Speakers

Amplifying hidden voices in primary source collections

To empower students and researchers to challenge, analyse and debate critically, it is essential to find, digitise and amplify content created by and for underrepresented communities and reveal perspectives that have been historically silenced. Of equal importance is maintaining an open dialogue with individuals who can speak to the experiences of marginalised communities, and engaging with those facing similar challenges: archives, customers, curators, subject experts and publishers. By asking questions, interrogating decision-making, sharing experiences and enlisting advice, we can continue to improve editorial processes and produce more diverse and equitable resources and research. In this session we invite speakers who have worked with AM to share their vital work in these areas, including:

• how students and researchers are being supported to find marginalised voices in archival collections for their research
• how primary source publishers are collaborating with and learning from the academic and library community to produce more diverse resources

Clare Mence
Adam Matthew

Clare Mence is a Senior Publisher with more than 12 years’ experience in history publishing at academic presses. She has been with Adam Matthew for 8 years, leading the editorial work on a range of digital archives. Her current role is to manage and drive the operational and strategic goals of the editorial development team.

Emily Manktelow
Royal Holloway, University of London

Dr. Emily Manktelow is Senior Lecturer in Global and Colonial History at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her research explores the social, cultural and intimate histories of the British Empire and the colonial missionary movement in the nineteenth century. She is a founding member of the Christian Mission in Global History seminar at the Institute of Historical Research (UK) and has published widely on the history of missionary families, including her monograph Missionary Families: Race, Gender and Generation on the Spiritual Frontier (Manchester University Press, 2013). Her most recent book presents a microhistorical investigation of sexual abuse in the South Seas Mission of the London Missionary Society: Gender, Power and Sexual Abuse in the Pacific: Rev Simpson’s ‘Improper Liberties’ (Bloomsbury, 2018). Her current research is on memories and legacies of Empire in modern Britain.

Farzana Qureshi
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Farzana Qureshi is an Arts and Humanities Librarian at SOAS and was previously Librarian for South Asia. She has a BA Humanities in English Literature with Modern History and an MSc in Library and Information Studies. She was a co-investigator for the Two Centuries of Indian Print, a digital collaboration with the British Library. She has worked as an International Courier for the Everlasting Flame exhibition held at the National Museum, New Delhi and was also an outreach co-ordinator with Project Dastaan, a peacebuilding Partition initiativeFarzana has recently co-written a chapter for an edited volume on liberatory Librarianship and social justice work, due to be published by the American Library Association. She currently serves as the co-chair of SOAS Library’s Decolonisation Operational Working Group. She retains a strong interest in Partition History and Migration Studies and is passionate about storytelling, diasporas and Asian and African/Caribbean narratives.  

The development of a Staff Accessibility Network

This session will explore our accessibility journey and how the development of a Staff Accessibility Network has supported a community of practice to explore and develop our practices in at Edge Hill University. Accessibility Champions can be a catalyst to developing accessible cultures and thinking within organisations and enable colleagues to explore the emergent technologies supporting people with disabilities, driving positive user experiences for all.

Andrew Billington
Edge Hill University

As Head of Learning Support at Edge Hill University Andrew has responsibility for the delivery of services and support for students at the university who have Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). Additionally he leads on the provision of accessible and assistive technologies for students and the provision of supplementary support for disabled students at the university. He has a specific interest and focus on accessibility and this has led to him leading on the development of a staff accessibility network at the university.

It’s in the Data: Improving Student Outcomes with Digital Content

This session explores survey findings from a campus-wide study from Coventry University and its Flying Start programme launched collaboratively with a Learning Enablement Platform - BibliU. It focuses on improving the student learning experience with digital content. Attendees will gain insight into what role digital content plays in the students’ journey, how deeply content is integrated within the students’ learning experience, and how to analyse students’ knowledge, usage, and outcomes. Attendees will take away actionable tips for using digital content and associated data to improve retention rates and outcomes.

Phil Brabban
Coventry University

Having initially trained and worked as an English teacher, Phil swiftly made the decision to alter course, changing career to follow a life of excitement and high adventure in Librarianship. Phil has worked at the University Library at Coventry for 16 years, the last nine of which as University Librarian. Prior to Coventry, he held a number of roles at Durham University Library, most significantly as an accidental Systems Librarian. In common with most professional Librarians, Phil’s home bookshelves are a model of disorganisation.

Dave Sherwood

Dave Sherwood is Co-Founder and CEO of BibliU, a Learning Enablement Platform that empowers universities to automate workflows and improve student outcomes with first-day access to eTextbooks from over 3,200 publishers. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of Teach Learn Grow Inc, serves as a Board Advisor at Purlos, and is a Founding Member of the Edtech Founders Club. Dave earned his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Western Australia before coming to Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, during which time he co-founded BibliU.

Libraries as hubs for innovation and co-creation: How to get started!

The role and place of universities in society are shifting and various initiatives seem to bridge the gap between science and citizens. The last couple of years a number of Open Science and Citizen Science Hubs have emerged in Europe including the U.K. But how can this be relevant for my library or institution? What are the successes and pitfalls? And what is the added value? In this breakout session three seasoned Open Science and Citizen Science entrepreneurs engage participants on how to get started.

Thomas Kaarsted
SDU Citizen Science

Thomas Kaarsted is Deputy Library Director and daily manager of SDU Citizen Science. Originally a historian and a master of public governance he has been working with publishing and communication before moving into Citizen Science and Open Science. He is a member of the LIBER Citizen Science Working Group.

Anne Kathrine Overgaard
University of Southern Denmark (SDU)

Anne Kathrine Overgaard is Head of External projects at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark. Together with Thomas Kaarsted she co-founded in 2017 the Citizen Science Network and in 2021 the Citizen Science Knowledge Centre at SDU. She is a committed Citizen Science advocate and has been project manager for a long range of Citizen Science projects especially within Health Sciences.

Kirsty Wallis

Kirsty Wallis is the Head of Research Liaison at UCL and is responsible for managing a number of teams with research support responsibilities, including RDM and Bibliometrics. She also runs the day-to-day operations of the UCL Office for Open Science and Scholarship and has an active role in two EU-funded Citizen Science research projects. Outside of UCL, Kirsty is co-champion of the ARMA Open Research Special Interest Group, as well as working with RLUK to launch the upcoming Open Leadership Network.

Mandates, policies, and collaboration for the success of Open Access monographs

UKRI’s policy statement mandating OA monographs will be implemented on January 1st, 2024. In less than a year we will see a shift from a hypothetical future for OA books to a concrete policy with a hard deadline. How will the sector get there successfully and sustainably? This session will discuss what is needed from libraries, publishers, policy-makers and research funders in order to meet the imminent OA monograph mandates not only from UKRI but also, in Europe, cOAlition S and the PALOMERA project’s ambitious alignment of OA book policies. In the UK there are also potential implications of the next REF.

Frances Pinter
Central European University (CEU) Press

Dr Frances Pinter is the Executive Chair of the Central European University Press and formerly CEO of Manchester University Press. She advises several small university presses around the world. She was the founding Publisher of Bloomsbury Academic and the founder of Knowledge Unlatched, taking a particular interest in developing sustainable OA business models. Previously she was Publishing Director at the Open Society Institute where she established EIFL, a leading library consortium, while working in the post-communist countries. She is a visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics and SAS, University of London.

A new role for COUNTER usage data in open access agreements

In the UK, the increase in transitional agreements (TAs) has prompted us to ask new questions about how we measure the impact of the transition to OA, the performance of agreements, and the metrics we need. With COUNTER usage reports, we expect to see a shift in interest to global usage for individual research outputs. In this presentation, we cover:
• Drivers, opportunities and challenges in open access usage reporting for libraries and consortia such as Jisc
• Roles of publisher and institutional repository usage statistics
• How COUNTER 5.1 supports this work
• Next steps, lessons learned and the practical takeaways

Laura Wong

Laura Wong is product manager for two COUNTER-based usage statistics services (JUSP and IRUS) and works within the Jisc licensing intelligence and analytics team. Laura has worked at Jisc for 8 years and previously worked in academic libraries in e-resource roles.


#dataSOS: What's going on with Library data & what can we do about it?

With the growth of E-Books and online learning platforms, more data is generated by Libraries every day. We want to start a discussion that increases awareness and knowledge of the varied kinds of data that libraries and users are generating and uncover the benefits and the harms that unregulated, unknown, data processing can lead to. This is an opportunity to develop cross-sector knowledge about publisher/supplier requirements whilst also learning how to prioritise data security and protection for our users. The generation of data has largely been taken for granted and as a sector we have failed to engage critically with the implications of large-scale sets of non-GDPR data and how this can affect the adoption of learning resources. We are concerned that information about our users and their activities are being increasingly used in ways that disadvantage Libraries and want to expand our collective knowledge to ensure that we are not being taken advantage of. This session seeks to bring together participants from across the sector to explore ways we can all benefit from data use.

Caroline Ball
University of Derby
Anthony Sinnott
University of York

Anthony is Access and Procurement Development Manager at University of York. He oversees the purchase of print & electronic resources, the management of subscriptions & databases, and the operation of the reading list system. Anthony’s key focus is on identifying innovative purchasing models that ensure maximum access to resources and building positive relationships with suppliers. Anthony is a member of the Joint Consortia Agreement Contract Management Group, Academic Libraries North CoP Group, and sits on the National Acquisitions Group Executive Committee as Treasurer.

Challenges of moving to new publishing models

Now that many publishers are moving to open access models, this panel will look at the experience of 3 very different publishers and the challenges they face. We will discuss how decisions are made to move to OA, how to decide on the right model for each journal, and the measures of success for the transitions.


Judith Barnsby

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.

James Rice
White Horse Press

James Rice is a Partner at The White Horse Press, a very small family-run scholarly publisher focusing on environment and society. He joined WHP in 2020 after having worked for many years in cultural film exhibition. He now lives in Edinburgh, where he splits his time between publishing books and journals for The White Horse Press, and consultancy for independent cinemas.

Aly Burt

Aly Burt is Regional Sales Director for Northern Europe at Wiley. Based in Edinburgh, Aly has over 20 years experience working with research libraries across Europe to maximise their researchers potential. In recent years his focus has been on helping Wiley's partners build as frictionless a route to open access publishing as possible. Before Wiley he spent many glorious years as a bookseller and events manager.


Liz Dunn
Cambridge University Press
Programme and Speakers

Cybersecurity 101: What Every Librarian Needs to Know about Protecting Networks, Data, and Access

In today's world, it’s not a question of if your institution will be hit by a cyberattack, but when. With higher education experiencing digital transformation and universities increasingly vulnerable to cyberthreats, it is imperative that institutions take proactive measures to mitigate the risks – and as stewards of access to campus networks, libraries are in a position to make that mitigation more effective. In this session, we will get advice on library-based network security strategies from a university chief information security officer, a librarian, and a cybersecurity expert.

Rick Anderson
Brigham Young University

Rick Anderson is University Librarian at Brigham Young University. A popular speaker and author on topics related to library leadership and scholarly communication, he is a past president of NASIG and of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, a Chef at the Scholarly Kitchen blog, and the author of _Scholarly Communication: What Everyone Needs to Know_ (Oxford UP, 2018

Gwen Evans

Gwen Evans is VP of Global Library Relations at Elsevier. Previously, Gwen spent seven years as Executive Director of the state agency/library consortium OhioLINK. She held the position of Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Library Information Technologies at Bowling Green State University until 2012. She has extensive experience with all types of academic libraries including consortia. Her recent publications include an Ithaka S+R issue brief co-authored with Roger Schonfeld, It’s Not What Libraries Hold; It’s Who Libraries Serve: Seeking a User-Centered Future for Academic Libraries” and “Creating Diversity in Libraries: Management Perspectives” in Library Leadership & Management with Mihoko Hosoi and Nancy S. Kirkpatrick.


Susie Winter
Springer Nature

Susie Winter is Director of Communications and Engagement, Research at Springer Nature where she heads up external communications for Springer Nature in its position as a leading research publisher.

Susie joined Springer Nature from the Publishers Association, the trade association for the publishing industry in the UK where, as Director of Policy and Communications, she was responsible for developing and leading the PA’s work across the policy agenda as well as promoting the contribution made by the UK publishing industry at both a UK and European level.

Prior to that she was the first Director General for the Alliance for Intellectual Property, working to ensure that the importance of IP rights to the UK economy is recognised. Having begun her career as a Press and Broadcasting Officer for the Liberal Democrat Party she then spent several years at communications consultancy Luther Pendragon.

David Lowe-Robertson

David has over 20 years of experience in cyber and information security predominantly in the Public Sector. Serving in senior management roles with the Scottish Community Health and Care partnerships and an adisor to Scottish Government he has led on substantial programmes of change such as eCare and C-me for secure adult and child protection. David has also chaired the National Practice Forum and the National Information Sharing Governance Group before joining CISO-Share where he has introduced an innovative pathway to enhanced cyber security for, to and with the Higher and Further Education sector.


Old prices are old: New evaluation methods and price redistribution in Swedish transformative agreements

The Bibsam Consortium consists of 90 Swedish research institutions that has agreements with all major academic publishers. Bibsam has been on the Open Access frontlines and has under the last 10 years completely moved away from read-only agreements, and has now a portfolio of over 25 transformative agreements. With this transition follows new ways to evaluate agreement performance. This presentation focuses on some of the challenges that the Bibsam Consortium is facing with transformative agreements. New evaluation methods is one aspect, but also the effort to move from legacy price models to a new price redistribution based on publishing output.

Niklas Willén
National Library of Sweden / Bibsam Consortium

Niklas Willén is a member of the license management team for the Bibsam Consortium at the National Library of Sweden, where his main responsibilities are in publisher negotiations and data analysis. Niklas has over 12 years of experience from both the commercial and academic side of the research information field, specializing on price modelling and analysis of publishing and usage statistics. He is also a sought after Excel expert.

Early career scientists. Their attitudes to and practices in scholarly communication and the impact of the pandemic on them.

Early Career Researchers in science and social sciences are both the senior researchers of the future but as doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers are responsible for a significant part of the actual work represented in the ever-increasing number of scientific research outputs.  As part of a team from 2016- 2021 across eight countries we researched the findings from questions to the same cohort of ECRs over this period.  This both included the millennial attitudes and practices of the cohorts plus also the impact of the pandemic on their behaviour. This session shall concentrate on our findings in particular from UK and US ECRs, highlighting the elements of most relevance interest to publishers and librarians

Anthony Watkinson
CIBER Research

I am trained as an academic historian and for many years was an STM publisher. I co-founded CIBER Research in 2002 when I held a visiting chair at City University to research on scholarly communication and have written thirty plus papers etc. I am certified as an information scientist

Will artificial intelligence change how readers use the research literature?

Huge advances in machine learning and natural language processing are set to upend how researchers search and consume research articles as well as change how articles are written. These new approaches are becoming adept at summarising and rewriting text, answering questions about it and extracting key information. These abilities will enable humans to search for information in new ways, such as the new ChatGPT system. They are valuable tools for researchers who curate the research literature to build knowledge bases particularly in biomedicine. Nevertheless, these approaches suffer from large problems including their computational cost and that they can confidently output incorrect information. This session will provide background on how these new methods work and discuss their benefits, challenges and potential impact.

Jake Lever
University of Glasgow

Jake Lever is a lecturer in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow focussed on biomedical applications of machine learning and natural language processing. His work has focussed on extracting knowledge from research articles, particular in the areas of precision medicine and genetics. He gained his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver focussing on NLP applications to cancer and completed his postdoctoral research at Stanford University.


Reducing the Risk of Propagating Retracted Research

Retracted research is published work that is withdrawn, removed, or otherwise invalidated from the scientific and scholarly record. While relatively rare, this has been a growing and problematic area in scholarly communications. The NISO CREC (Communication of Retractions, Removals, and Expressions of Concern) Recommended Practice is intended to help address this problem, by clearly identifying parties involved in the retraction process, along with their responsibilities, actions, notifications, and the metadata necessary to communicate retracted research. This session will describe the progress in developing this best practice and outline the project’s role in the community.

Rachael Lammey

As Director of Product, Rachael leads Crossref's approach to community-focused product development, consulting with members, users, and other open scholarly infrastructure organisations to help focus the organisation's priorities and deliver on our ambitious roadmap. Rachael worked her way up through editorial groups at a scholarly publisher before joining Crossref as a Product Manager in 2012, and has worked in Community Outreach and R&D before coming back to her product roots in 2022.

Todd Carpenter
Executive Director NISO

Since 2006, Todd Carpenter has served as Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), a non-profit association that develops and maintains standards for the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information. Prior to joining NISO, Todd was Director of Business Development at BioOne. He also held management positions at The Johns Hopkins University Press, the Energy Intelligence Group, and the Haworth Press. He has served on the Boards of several community organizations, including FORCE11, Book Industry Study Group, Baltimore County Public Library, Society for Scholarly Publishing, and Free Ebook Foundation. Todd is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a masters in business from Johns Hopkins University.

Rights Retention for Open Research: the experience at Sheffield Hallam University

In October 2022, as part of a strategic commitment to Open Research, Sheffield Hallam University’s new institutional policy for research publication and copyright, based on rights retention, came into effect.

As part of its role to provide access to knowledge, Hallam’s library led a partnership between the University’s research community and professional services to develop this new policy and implement rights retention as a new practice. This transformation in Hallam’s approach to copyright and scholarly communication took place alongside the development of UK HE sector requirements for transitional agreements and negotiation with publishers.

In this presentation, Nick Woolley (Director of Library and Campus Services) will share how the policy was developed and implemented and what the experience has been so far, including insight from the first six months of activity and data. Nick will show how Hallam’s policy is already making a positive impact on scholarly communication and argue why rights retention as disruptive innovation is relevant for all institutions who create knowledge.


Nick Woolley
Sheffield Hallam University

Nick is a graduate of the University of Exeter (Geoscience), the University of Sheffield (Palynology) and London Metropolitan University (Information Services Management). Prior to joining Sheffield Hallam University in 2019, Nick held posts at Northumbria University, most recently Director of Student and Library Services, and King’s College London, where his final role was Associate Director for Information Resources. Nick is chair of NEYAL and serves on the JISC Content Expert Group, JISC Transitional Agreements Oversight Group, and the UKRR Advisory Board. He has previously worked as part of RLUK, UKSG, and Sherif, and with many organisations in the knowledge community.

Working with usage metrics: hands on with COUNTER reports

COUNTER staff and volunteers are frequently told that manipulating and interpreting usage statistics presents a challenge to both librarians and publishers. In this highly interactive, practical session, I'll how you easy ways to work with industry-standard usage reports in Excel to derive answers to important questions. Other essential information covered in the session will be: the benefits of using Reports instead of Standard Views; which metrics matter most for books, journals, and databases; and why standardised usage metrics matter to all of us.

Tasha Mellins-Cohen
COUNTER & Mellins-Cohen Consulting

Tasha Mellins-Cohen joined the scholarly publishing industry in 2001. She has held roles within learned societies and commercial publishers across operations, technology, editorial and executive functions. In 2020 she launched Mellins-Cohen Consulting in response to requests for help in developing and implementing learned society-appropriate OA business models. From 2022 she took over the running of COUNTER, the global standard for usage metrics, alongside her consulting work.


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