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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, workshops and breakout sessions with entertaining social events and trade exhibition.


April 08 2024 - 08:00
April 10 2024 - 13:30


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

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About the Event



Sorry registration has closed for the UKSG this year.  Please don't contact us with late bookings at this time as we will be unable to process them. There will be no on-site bookings so please do be considerate and not just turn up as we will have to say no. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone to Glasgow!



Please scroll down for the latest programme information. 

Please click here to download a copy of the programme, do note this year, in an effort to minimise our environmental impact and reduce paper waste, printed copies will be strictly limited at the event. We strongly encourage you to download the event app for accessing the programme or print a copy of the PDF before you travel.   


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 also provide a booklet containing special delegate offers and discounts for a variety of local tours and restaurants - this can be found here

Your access needs

We’re committed to running accessible training and events. We want you to feel welcome, included, and able to fully engage in our sessions.

To help us, please share any access needs you have when prompted by our booking form. We may be in touch to ensure we’re making the right adjustments.   

Further information on access facilities for the city of Glasgow can be found here.

Conference App

The conference app is now live please, all registered delegates will receive and email with details on how to download the app.  More detail can be found here.

The app includes information on:

  • sessions and speakers (build your own programme)
  • delegates lists
  • sponsors and exhibitors
  • maps
  • take part in  'The Passport Game' with a chance to win £100 in vouchers
  • additional information/logistics
  • polls, Q&A, session chat 
  • community/networking pages including ice breaking area's. 

Additional venue information

UKSG and the SEC Campus put the 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 measures 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.  

A site map of the SEC can be found here 


Sponsorship Opportunities

We are working again with Content Online who have produced the sponsorship pack which you can find here: 


** All spaces for the exhibition are now fully booked. **

The list of our 2024 Exhibitors can be found here. The Exhibitor Manual can be found here (updated 7 December 2023)


Accommodation is not covered by the delegate fee.  The official online accommodation bookings service is now open - click here to view and book a range of hotels. Accommodation is sold on a first come, first served basis and the published rates will be available until 26 February. 

Map of Glasgow hotels.

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

The Glasgow Convention bureau also provide a booklet containing special delegate offers and discounts for a variety of local tours and restaurants - this can be found here

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2024 John Merriman Award/Sponsored Places for Students and Early Career Professionals

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 detail and the application process can be found here.

In addition to the John Merriman award we also offer sponsored conferences places for: 

  • student
  • early career practitioners
  • underrepresented groups
  • scholarly information community

More details on these 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 AIP Publishing, Frontiers and Wiley.

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With thanks to our sponsors

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Programme and Speakers


Registrations opens alongside refreshments and exhibition viewing.


Opening of the Conference

followed by 

  • Presentation of the John Merriman UKSG Award presented Taylor & Francis 

(Award Sponsored by Taylor and Francis and provides free attendance at both UKSG and NASIG in the US) 

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  • Presentation to the sponsored students and early career professionals 
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: Moving Research Integrity Conversations Upstream

A practitioner’s view of research integrity: how it works on the ground - Inke Näthke, University of Dundee

Research integrity leads in research-intensive universities engage closely with all aspects related to this topic, including, but not limited to, receiving and coordinating responses to issues raised related to potential breaches of integrity, developing and implementing relevant procedures and policies, developing and delivering training, and ensuring a positive research culture.  I will take the audience through the processes initiated when concerns are raised to illustrate the sometimes unforeseen challenges that can arise and discuss potential improvements. 

A 30,000ft view of Research Integrity: Data, Trends and Actions - Daniel Hook, Digital Science

Protection of the scholarly record is critical for the global research enterprise to remain healthy both in terms of its ability to build on past research results and in terms of its relationships with the public that funds it.  However, there are multiple drivers that break research integrity - the pressures of the evaluation system; challenges in the peer review landscape and the aims of nefarious external actors to name just a few.  Creating good quality data sources that allow us to detect and understand these behaviours is critical to keeping our research system healthy.  I will give an insight into some of the challenges and opportunities in creating a good quality data signal in a way that supports the research sector in a responsible manner.

Retractions: On the Rise, But Not Enough - Ivan Oransky, Retraction Watch

In 2000, there were about 40 retractions from the scholarly literature. In 2023, there were more than 10,000. That is a dramatic increase, even accounting for the growing number of papers published per year. In this talk, I will start with what a retraction is, and how perceptions and practice have changed. I will also explore the reasons for the increase, why it is good news, and why the real number should be even higher -- along with the root cause of why researchers end up having to retract. I will tell the stories of the sleuths who are finding problems in the literature, and describe efforts that academic libraries, publishers, technology vendors and others are making -- and can make -- to effect change.

Inke Näthke
University of Dundee

Professor Inke Näthke was awarded her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco and then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and Harvard Medical School before establishing her independent research team in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee focussed on early changes in bowel cancer. She is Professor of Epithelial Biology and also Associate Dean for Professional Culture.  She co-founded the Scottish Research integrity Network, is a member of the Board of Trustees of UKRIO, and is Research Integrity lead in the University.

Daniel Hook
Digital Science

Daniel Hook is CEO of Digital Science, co-founder of Symplectic, a research information management provider, and of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI). A theoretical physicist by training, he continues to do research both in physics and in bibliometrics in his spare time, and holds visiting academic positions at Imperial College London and Washington University in St Louis.

Ivan Oransky
Retraction Watch

Ivan Oransky is one of the two co-founders of Retraction Watch, the editor-in-chief of Spectrum and distinguished journalist in residence at New York University’s Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute.


Lunch and Exhibition Viewing

Kindly sponsored by 



Breakout Session - Group A


Workshop 1 - Making and Breaking the Rules: critical literacies for an AI-disrupted world

We live in a period of rapid digital transformation where hype around new technologies can overtake reality. AI, automation, virtual reality, big data and algorithmic decision-making can potentially disrupt education, work and entertainment. But the models underpinning these technologies aren’t new; we can critically evaluate them using established knowledge constructs and concepts.

Critical literacies and knowledge of computational thinking can empower communities to generate new knowledge through responsible use of scholarly outputs, data and technology. This interactive workshop explores critical approaches to digital and information literacies: through community learning we’ll develop threshold concepts, enabling empowered ethical adoption of digital technologies. 

Susan Halfpenny
University of Aberdeen

Susan Halfpenny is Head of Research and Learning Information Services at the University of Aberdeen. She is responsible for the delivery of digital and information skills, open research and subject services within the Library. Susan has led on a range of initiatives to develop staff and students digital capabilities, including the development of skills frameworks, the rollout of training programmes and the creation of digital citizenship and wellbeing MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Her interests are digital scholarship, tackling information inequalities and ethical digital transformation for education and research.

Steph Jesper
University of York

Steph Jesper (she or they) is a Teaching & Learning Advisor in the DISC (Digital Inclusion, Skills, & Creativity) team in Library, Archives, and Learning Services at the University of York. She’s a qualified Librarian who moonlights in IT, developing and delivering digital skills training for students and staff, and looking after the University’s online Skills Guides resources. When she’s not teaching all things digital, she’s the sort of person who makes computer games in spreadsheets for fun.

Siobhan Dunlop
University of York

Siobhan Dunlop (they/them) is a Teaching and Learning Advisor in the Digital Inclusion, Skills and Creativity (DISC) team at the University of York, supporting people's digital skills within the university and beyond. They focus on introductory coding, multimedia creation, and digital creativity, as well as the ways in which digital technologies impact our lives in a digital society and the importance of critical digital literacies and ethics in the technological world. When not doing all of this, they also write poems using code.


Breakout Session - Group B


Refreshments and exhibition viewing


Breakout session - Group C


Lightning Session 1

1. Practical steps towards an open research culture: Building support around FAIR data & software at the University of Sheffield - Jenni Adams, University of Sheffield, Ric Campbell, University of Sheffield

Academic researchers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to make data and software FAIR in order to support the sharing and reuse of non-publication outputs. Currently there is still a lack of concise and practical guidance on how to achieve this in the context of specific data types and disciplines.

This presentation details recent and ongoing work at the University of Sheffield to bridge this gap. It will explore the development of a FAIR resource with specialist guidance for a range of data types and will examine the planned development of this project during the period 2023-25.


2. Responding to the UN SDG Publishers Compact – Bristol University Press Digital - Simon Bell, Bristol University Press

The UN SDG Publishers Compact, launched in 2020, was set up to inspire action among publishers to accelerate progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, asking signatories to develop sustainable practices, act as champions and publish books and journals that will “inform, develop and inspire action in that direction”.
This Lightning Talk will discuss how our new Bristol University Press Digital has been developed as part of our mission to contribute a meaningful and impactful response to this call to action as well as the global social challenges we face.
Using thematic tagging to create uniquely curated themed eBook collections around the Global Social Challenges, Bristol University Press Digital responds directly to the need to provide the scholarly community access to a comprehensive range SDG focussed content while minimising time and resource at the institution end in collating content and maintaining collection relevance to rapidly evolving themes

Jenni Adams
University of Sheffield

Jenni Adams is Open Research Manager at the University of Sheffield, where she leads projects to raise awareness and support uptake of open research practices among researchers at all levels.

Ric Campbell
University of Sheffield

Ric Campbell is Research Data Steward at the University of Sheffield. Based in the University Library, he is currently working with departments and research groups across the University to support the adoption of FAIR practices for research data and software.

Simon Bell
Bristol University Press

Simon Bell is the Institutional Sales Manager for Bristol University Press, responsible for all institutional sales across BUP’s book and journal portfolio including BUP’s new digital platform “Bristol University Press Digital”.

Simon has worked in the scholarly and academic publishing industry for the past 22 years (the majority of which in Sales & Marketing at Director/Managerial level) with previous roles at Publons (part of Clarivate Analytics); Emerald Publishing; UCL Press (freelance); Manchester University Press; Liverpool University Press and Hodder Education.

He has a broad experience of working in industry stakeholder groups including the Association of University Presses University Press Week Task Force; the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) Academic and Learned Journal Collection (ALJC) Steering Committee and the Marketing Stakeholder Group for the development and launch of the Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN) Open Access platform.


Exhibition viewing and reception


Supper and quiz or free evening

(pre-booking for the Quiz is required at time of conference registration - numbers limited)

Thank you to our sponsor for the evening 

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Programme and Speakers




Plenary Session 2

1.  Let's Talk About Green - Beth Montague-Hellen, Francis Crick Institute, Katie Fraser, University of Nottingham

Open Access is a foundational topic in Scholarly Communications. However, when information professionals and publishers talk about its future, it is nearly always Gold open access we discuss. Green was seen as the big solution for providing access to those who couldn’t afford it. However, publishers have protested that Green destroys their business models. How true is this, and are we even all talking the same language when we talk about Green?

Has a recent focus on negotiating ‘read and publish’ deals moved towards Gold? Will upcoming milestones in research funder financing and compliance move us back? This session will discuss these questions and ask whether there is a model of Green that we can all get behind.

2.   Are we there yet? A review of transitional agreements in the UK - Chris Banks, Imperial College London,  Caren Milloy, Jisc, 

Transitional agreements were developed in response to funder policy and institutional demand to constrain costs and facilitate funder compliance. They have since become the dominant model by which UK research outputs are made open access. In January 2023, Jisc instigated a critical review of TAs and the OA landscape to provide an evidence base to inform a conversation on the desired future state of research dissemination. This session will discuss the key findings of the review and its impact on a sector-wide consultation and concrete actions in the UK and beyond. 

3. What did we Read, What did we Publish: Distilling the data that librarians need to manage transformative agreements - Michael Levine-Clark, University of Denver, Jason Price, SCELC Library Consortium 

As transformative agreements emerge as a new standard, it is critical for libraries, consortia, publishers, and vendors to have consistent and comprehensive data – yet data around publication profiles, authorship, and readership has been shown to be highly variable in availability and accuracy. Building on prior research around frameworks for assessing the combined value of open publishing and comprehensive read access that these deals provide, we will address multi-dimensional perspectives to the challenges that the industry faces with the dissemination, collection, and analysis of data about authorship, readership, and value.

Beth Montague-Hellen
Francis Crick Institute

Dr Beth Montague-Hellen started off academic life as a Molecular Biologist studying at Manchester University. The next 14 years were spent as a bioinformatician, accruing an MSc and a Phd on the way.

Following this, Beth decided that supporting others to do excellent research was far more rewarding than actually doing the research and so moved into Libraries and Research Support. Beth takes an as open-as-possible, EDI focused approach to research support and is a big advocate for green OA alongside a completely transparent research cycle including radically open data and software sharing.

Katie Fraser
University of Nottingham

As Associate Director for Research, Katie is a member of the senior management team at University of Nottingham Libraries UK, and departmental lead on developments and innovations in research communications, research support and research technologies. Katie builds relationships throughout the university community, and leads a team providing practical, straightforward advice and training on planning, publishing, sharing and preserving research. Before becoming a librarian, Katie undertook a PhD in Learning Sciences developing insights into, and enthusiasm for, learning, emerging technologies and the process of research. Katie is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).

Michael Levine-Clark
University of Denver

Michael Levine-Clark is Dean of the University of Denver Libraries, where he has worked in various positions since 1999. He serves in leadership roles in multiple consortia and is the chair of the OCLC Americas Regional Council. As a member of many publisher and vendor library advisory boards, he provides guidance about library and higher education trends. For his work on e-books and demand-driven acquisition models, he received the 2015 Harrasowitz Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. He is widely published and has been invited to speak on six continents about academic library collections and scholarly communication issues.


Chris Banks
Imperial College London

Chris has nearly 39 years’ experience working in Libraries, including over 20 at the British Library in a variety of curatorial, management and strategic roles, and over 16at University Library Director level. She joined Imperial College in September 2013 as Director of Library Services.
Chris's areas of expertise include strategy, open science and scholarly communications, organisational change, public engagement, space, and her original discipline, music.
Chris is a member of the Jisc UUK Content Negotiations Strategy Group, she chairs the Jisc UUK Content Expert Group, she is an elected Board member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK), and a member of the SCONUL Content Strategy Group.

Caren Milloy

Caren leads Jisc's licensing and negotiation service, providing UK education and research with access to digital content and software solutions that support the digital transformation of research, learning, teaching and assessment and the digital estate of universities and colleges.


Jason Price
SCELC Library Consortium


Refreshments and exhibition viewing


Breakout Session - Group A


Workshop 2 - Tools that support research workflows. Revisiting innovations in scholarly communications.

Based on Bianca Kramer’s (formerly a scholarly communications librarian at Utrecht University Library, now a consultant at Sesame Open Science) and Jeroen Bosman’s ( Information specialist Utrecht University Library) Innovation in Scholarly Communications; this workshop looks again that the numerous and complex tools available to support scholarly communications and the research workflow.

We all have a limited amount of time to look at and assess these tools. How should we grade them; what is most important; which will come out top? What might work best for our researchers/discipline? This workshop will look at some of the tools currently available.

Do Note: It is highly recommended that you maximize your workshop experience by bringing a device, such as a phone or tablet, capable of connecting to WiFi. This will enable you to actively engage and fully participate in the session.

Judith Carr
Edge Hill University

Judith Carr is the Head of Open Research Services at Edge Hill University. She has worked in scholarly communications and open research for 10 years and was formerly Research Data Manager at University of Liverpool. Her interest in the Innovation in Scholarly communications project was sparked by a workshop at the Crick Institute in 2016.

Rachel Bury
Edge Hill University

Rachel Bury has worked in Higher Education for more than 20 years, previously working in NHS library and information services in Merseyside. Academic Engagement and Resources covers all support and collaboration with academic colleagues and researchers, including resource provision, and developing staff skills. Previous roles include academic liaison, with extensive experience of working with Faculty of Health staff and NHS researchers.



Lightning Session 2

1. Advocating for data sharing: messaging frameworks for repository engagement strategies - Gareth Cole, Loughborough University, Adrian Clark, Figshare 

Researchers face more pressure to share their research data than ever before. Owing to a rise in funder policies and momentum towards more openness across the research landscape. Although policies for data sharing are in place, engagement work is undertaken by librarians in order to ensure repository uptake and compliance.
We will discuss a particular strategy implemented at Loughborough University that involved the application of conceptual messaging frameworks to engagement activities in order to promote and encourage use of our Figshare-powered repository. We will showcase the rationale behind the adoption of messaging frameworks for library outreach and some practical examples.


2. All Watched Over By Machines That Love Open Research - Mark Lester, Cardiff Metropolitan University

This talk will outline how a completely accidental occurrence led to brand new avenues for open research advocacy and reasons for being. This advocacy has occurred within student communities such as trainee teachers, student psychologists and (especially) those soon losing access to subscription-based library content. Alongside these new forms of advocacy, these ethical example of AI use cases has begun to form a cornerstone of directly connecting the work of the library to new technology.


3. How GetFTR Supports Discovery and Access of OA Content - Hylke Koers, STM Solutions

Get Full Text Research (GetFTR) launched in 2020 with the objective of streamlining discovery and access of scholarly content in the many tools that researchers use today, such as Dimensions, Semantic Scholar, Mendeley, and many others. It works equally well for open access content as it does for subscription-based content, providing researchers with recognizable buttons and indicators to get them to the most up-to-date version of content with minimal effort. Currently, around 30,000 OA articles are accessed every day via GetFTR links.

Gareth Cole
Loughborough University 

Gareth Cole is the Open Research Development and Discovery Lead at Loughborough University. He was previously the Loughborough's Research Data Manager. In his current role he manages the Research Repository team and leads on the University Library's open research work.
Gareth is also a work package lead on the Open Book Futures project, where he leads the work investigating the archiving and preservation of open access monographs. He held a similar role on the earlier COPIM project.

Adrian Clark

After a 14 year career in public, FE and HE libraries, Adrian joined Figshare from Loughborough University, as Business Development Manager for the UK, Ireland and Nordics. Adrian is a passionate advocate of open research, and supporting technologies. As a first in family graduate with a wealth of experience supporting faculty Adrian believes in the transformative capabilities that libraries have to improve knowledge, understanding and to benefit society. If you catch him at the conference, please come and say hello; he's always happy to talk about all things repositories and OR.

Mark Lester
Cardiff Metropolitan University

Mark is an Assistant Head Librarian at Cardiff Met – with the focal points of scholarly communications and research support in his remit. He didn't really know what it all meant when he first started in the role originally (don't tell anyone) but now he (very much) does understand (phew!). He is passionate about all aspects of open research, thinks a lot about (and does the work) to support research lifecycles and loves a bit of data wrangling - alongside a healthy interest in shiny new library things. Mark has been working for (nearly!) 20 years in academic libraries.

Hylke Koers
STM Solutions

Hylke Koers is the Chief Information Officer for STM Solutions, STM’s operational arm which develops and manages shared infrastructures and collaborative services to support the scholarly communications community. Before joining STM, Hylke worked in several senior technology and product management roles, in both private and public sector organizations, supporting the research community. Hylke currently serves as Program Director for GetFTR and SeamlessAccess, and is one of the driving forces behind the STM Integrity Hub.



Lunch & exhibition viewing


Plenary Session 3 - There is No List: (How) Can We Combat “Predatory” Publishers in a Changing Scholarly Communications Landscape?

Although scholarly communications has become more open, problems with predatory and problematic publishers remain. There are commercial providers of lists, start-up/renegade Internet lists of good/bad and the researchers, publishers and assessors that try to understand and process what being on/off a list means to themselves, their careers and their institutions. Still, these problems persist and leaves many asking: where is the list?

This plenary panel will discuss the problems of “predatory” publishing and what, if anything, publishers, our community and researchers can do to try and help minimise their abundancy/impact.

Chaired by Lorraine Estelle

Katherine Stephan
Liverpool John Moores University/Think.Check.Submit.

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.



Rebecca Wojturska
University of Edinburgh

Rebecca Wojturska (she/her) is the Open Access Publishing Officer at the University of Edinburgh, functioning within Library and University Collections on the Scholarly Communications Team. She is responsible for managing Edinburgh Diamond: an open access hosting service which offers hosting, technical support, preservation, indexing, and publishing guidance to staff and students who wish to publish diamond open access books and journals. Rebecca is also the Statistician/Bibliometrician for the Journal of Information Literacy. In her spare time she loves nothing more than reading Gothic literature, watching horror films and crushing her enemies at board games.

Cenyu Shen
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Cenyu Shen is Deputy Head of Editorial (Quality) for Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Her work focuses on leading and managing the quality team to develop processes and strategies to keep DOAJ away from questionable publishing. Since 2016, she has also been the DOAJ
Ambassador for China to help DOAJ develop the China market. She built the cooperation for DOAJ with Chinese scholarly societies and publishing organisations and established DOAJ's Chinese journals community to help more local journals be indexed in DOAJ. She was the advisory board member on the Learned Publishing DEIA special issue published by ALPSP in 2022. She holds a PhD in Information Systems Science at the Hanken School of Economics in Finland. Her doctoral thesis explored the gold open access publishing model, its sustainable development and problems of questionable publishing. She is the author or co-author of several scientific publications contained in the Web of Science, one of which has been cited more than 800 times and ranked by The Financial Times in the 4th position among the 100 most socially influential research publications from business schools worldwide over the year 2015-2020.


Breakout Session - Group B


Workshop 3 - Project HAGGIS: Honing Accurate Go-betweens for Greater Integration of Systems, or, simply, MAKING E-RESOURCES WORK

Librarians expect our electronic resources to play nicely with each other, through authentication tools, MARC records, link resolvers, discovery layers, knowledgebases, and more. But they often don’t, and we have no idea what our patrons cannot access. If you’re not sure that your systems are coordinating properly, don’t fret: you’re not alone.

This workshop will present an approach to locating, identifying, fixing, and enhancing e-resource access problems. We’ll look at specific problems, lots of solutions, and a tool for managing and tracking these issues. The result is more and better access for all patrons, without spending additional money.

Do Note: While participants are encouraged to bring laptops or other wifi enabled devises for hands-on problem-solving, even if they opt not to do so, the discussion surrounding the identification and resolution of issues will equip them with the skills and understanding to address similar problems independently when they return home.

Peter McCracken
Cornell University

Peter McCracken has been an electronic resources librarian at Cornell University since 2016. He was a reference librarian at East Carolina University and at the University of Washington, before co-founding Serials Solutions in 2000, where he was responsible for creating the first commercially available e-journal knowledgebase. Peter manages the interactions between Cornell’s e-resources, and also advises on Open Access opportunities. In his spare time, he runs an e-resources database,, which helps people do research on vessels.


Refreshments and exhibition viewing


Breakout Session - Group D


Gala Reception and Disco

The evening promises a delightful combination of drinks and canapés accompanied by enchanting performances by talented musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Thank you to our sponsor for the evening 

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Programme and Speakers


Registration and refreshments


Plenary 4

Between Convenience and Academic Integrity: Using Generative AI for Discovering Content - Christine Stohn, Clarivate

ChatGPT is convenient. This is one of the key reasons for its popularity. It does however present problems for academic integrity, with no reference to the source of information and no accreditation for authors. In this session I’m going to discuss a project combining the convenience of conversational discovery with the reliability of academic sources. Based on the ProQuest One Literature database, the assistant is using large language models to generate answers from academic literature including references to the source of information. I will discuss the goals, the details of the project and technology used, the outcomes and the lessons learned.

CORE-GPT: Combining Open Access research and large language models for credible, trustworthy question answering - David Pride, The Open University

In this paper, we present CORE-GPT, a novel question- answering platform that combines GPT-based language models and more than 32 million full-text open access scientific articles from CORE. We first demonstrate that GPT3.5 and GPT4 cannot be relied upon to provide references or citations for generated text. We then introduce CORE-GPT which delivers evidence-based answers to questions, along with citations and links to the cited papers, greatly increasing the trustworthiness of the answers and reducing the risk of hallucinations.

Christine Stohn

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

David Pride
The Open University

Dr. David Pride is a Research Associate at The Knowledge Media Institute, part of the STEM faculty at the Open University. He completed his PhD. in 2020 and his research focused on extracting citations from fulltext research papers and classifying these citations according to type and influence on the citing paper. He also conducted the largest study into the use of citation data and peer review in the U.K.’s Research Excellence Framework. He has been an invited speaker at international events and has published extensively in the domain. David was also part of the team that recently completed work on the ON-MERRIT project, a Horizon 2020 project.


Breakout Session - Group C


Refreshments and exhibition viewing


Breakout Session - Group D


Plenary 5 - Revolutionary Leader: How to lead authentically in a world that’s set up for you to follow.

People often find themselves living lackluster lives as a result of conforming to societal norms that tell them to settle for less than they deserve. This leads to burnout, unhappiness, and health issues. This keynote will remind the audience that they are not only leaders of themselves but of future generations.

Playing an active role in the quality and trajectory of one's life is crucial. This talk will invite the audience to celebrate individual strengths and authenticity for a life marked by joy, exceptional leadership, and a well-rounded perspective. It will support you in rejecting conformity, embracing your uniqueness, and empowering you to reach your potential personally and professionally.

Shereen Thor
Bestselling Author & Executive Coach - Thor International Inc.

Shereen Thor is a comedian turned coach who slays with hope and humor. She has shared the stage with greats like Serena Williams, Prince Harry, Pau Gasol, and Les Brown. She is also the bestselling author of Revolutionary Woman, which focuses on inspiring women and people of color to revolutionize how they see themselves to create a more equitable world. She has been featured in Forbes, TEDx, The Wall Street Journal, Insider, Medium, Spike TV, 97.1 AMP Radio, and more. When she isn’t working, she is enjoying the great outdoors, spending time with her family, coaching or playing soccer, enjoying good food with friends and leaving her cell phone in the dust for extended periods of time. To learn more go to


Summary and Close

Programme and Speakers

How to manage a successful Open Access service in addition to the demands of a primary role

Due to the evolving nature of Open Access many librarians find themselves managing an OA service on top of their main roles. Ruth O’Hara is a Collection Management & Resource Description Librarian and Grace O’Brien is an Electronic Resources Librarian at Maynooth University. Together they work on transformative agreements and deal with various queries on OA. In this talk they will offer tips on how to navigate challenges and share what they have learnt over the last few years. They will provide an overview on how to manage a successful Open Access service, while balancing the demands of their varied workloads.

Grace O'Brien
Maynooth University

Grace O'Brien has worked in a variety of libraries across the academic, medical and public sector. She has worked in the European University Institute in Florence and is fluent in Italian. She also worked in a hospital library during the Covid-19 pandemic. She has experience working in Collections, Electronic Resources and Systems. Grace is currently the Electronic Resources Librarian in Maynooth University Library. Grace is a member of the Acquisitions Group of Ireland Committee and she is an Associate member of the Library Association of Ireland.


Ruth O'Hara
Maynooth University

Dr Ruth O’Hara is a Collections and Content Librarian in Maynooth University Library. She holds a PhD in Ancient Classics. She is an Associate Member of the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) and is on the committee of the LAI Cataloguing and Metadata Group. She has held variety of library roles across both general and special collections as well as several university teaching positions.


From algorithms to empowerment: Teaching algorithmic literacy

In the world of digital literacies, liaison and instructional librarians are increasingly coming to terms with a new term: algorithmic literacy. No matter the liaison or instruction subjects – computer science, sociology, language and literature, chemistry, physics, economics, or other – students are grappling with assignments that demand a critical understanding, or even use, of algorithms. Over the course of this session, we’ll discuss the term ‘algorithmic literacies,’ explore how it fits into other digital literacies, and see why it as a curriculum might belong at your library. We’ll also look at some examples of practical pedagogical methods you can implement right away, depending on what types of AL lessons you want to teach, and who your patrons are. Lastly, we’ll discuss how librarians should view themselves as co-learners when working with AL skills. This session seeks to bring together participants from across the different libraries, with diverse missions/vision/mandates, to explore ways we can all benefit from teaching AL. If time permits, we may discuss how text and data librarians (functional specialists) can support the development of this curriculum.

Christina Nguyen
University of Toronto Mississauga Library

Christina is an early-career information professional at the University of Toronto Libraries, and holds an Master of Information. Her current projects include cataloguing special collections, like the Syd Bolton Collection which comprises of 13,000+ video games, hundreds of consoles, and 5000+ peripherals. Christina's interests include sustainability in DH research, text and data mining (TDM) librarianship, and instruction within the academic library. In her free time, you can find her playing inside (Minecraft, Stellaris, or Star Trek Online) or outside (hiking with her family, or splashing in the mud).

Research? Who, me? Investigating research confidence in library, information and knowledge practitioners

Research is important to the library, information and knowledge (LIK) sector having the potential to demonstrate professional value and impact, raise the profile of library and information science discipline and contribute evidence for professional decision making. The Library and Information Research Group (LIRG) committee are undertaking a project to gain a baseline understanding of the confidence of UK LIK professionals in conducting and contributing to research? The findings, which will be shared at the conference, will help develop strategy, identify training needs and interventions that could be used to encourage practitioners to inform and transform their professional practice through research.

Cath Dishman
Liverpool John Moores University

Cath is the Open Access and Digital Scholarship Librarian at Liverpool John Moores University. She takes the lead for open access advocacy at LJMU and manages the institutional repository and open journals service. Cath has over 20 years’ experience in libraries in a range of roles from academic services, customer services, user support and most recently research support. Cath is also the Content Officer for CILIP's Library and Information Research Group (LIRG)

How OU Library work with publishers to improve disabled students experience

Over 23% of the Open University (OU) Students have declared disability. AS a result, and since 2008, the OU Library regularly collaborated with publishers to improve the accessibility of electronic resources. This session will look at how and why the OU library work with publishers, the Internal research the OU did with our disabled students and how we use that to inform how we work with publishers on accessibility.

Hossam Kassem
The Open University UK

Hossam is Learning and Teaching Librarian at the Open University (OU) Library. Hossam specialises as an Academic Liaison and Accessibility Librarian. Through his accessibility work Hossam worked with the OU Library Econtent Team and Publishers to improve the accessibility of electronic Resources.

Beverley Delaney
The Open University UK

Bev has worked in various types of libraries and is now an eContent Manager at the OU working through relationships with publishers to improve accessibility for Open University students.


Vision, mission, passion: how UK University Presses collaborate to publish impactful research and promote learning, culture and social change

Over the last few years we have witnessed a seismic shift in the scholarly ecosystem. Three years since outset of the COVID pandemic and the establishment UN Publishers Compact, this is discussion-led presentation will look at how four UK Universities Presses have adopted a consultative and collaborative approach on projects to support their institutional missions, engage with the wider scholarly community while building on a commitment to make a meaningful difference to society.

This panel discussion will combine the perspectives of four UK based university presses, all with distinct identities and varied publishing programs drawn from humanities, arts and social sciences, yet with a shared recognition and value of the importance to collaborate and co-operate on a shared vision to support accessibility and inclusivity within the wider scholarly community and maintain a rich bibliodiversity.

Simon Bell
Bristol University Press
Clare Hooper
Liverpool University Press

Clare Hooper joined Liverpool University Press in 2008, and was promoted to Director of Journals Publishing in August 2023. She manages the strategic development of LUP's 45 academic journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as commissioning new titles. She coordinates all journals publishing activity, including editorial, marketing, production, finance, fulfilment and distribution, online publication platform, pricing. She is key contact for all partners, including learned societies, editors and editorial boards, third parties and agents.


Ian Morgan
Edinburgh University Press

Ian Morgan is the Global Institutional Journals Sales Manager at Edinburgh University Press, responsible for all global institutional sales across EUP’s extensive journal portfolio.

A highly-experienced and effective Sales & Marketing Professional with a successful background in HSS and STM publishing for global publishers (Reed Elsevier, T&F, IWA Publishing) for over 30 years.

Kate Horton
Manchester University Press

Kate has a passion for academic publishing having worked in the sector for the past 14 years and before this as an academic bookseller. As Institutional Sales Manager for MUP she is responsible for identifying the needs of academic organisations within the humanities and social sciences and provides e-book collections tailored to their teaching and learning requirements. She manages several publishing partners for the distribution of MUPs products, globally. Kate is committed to facilitating relevant and accessible content for her library customers which embraces the University of Manchester’s sustainable developmental goals. She also participates in MUP’s accessibility and social responsibility working groups.

Collaboration within and between teams: research support and content management as key partners in the changing publishing landscape

As the publishing landscape is changing, so too is the way we provide access to content.

At the University of Essex, new workflows and collaboration have enabled efficiencies in supporting open access publication and content discovery. This includes evaluating and promoting transformative agreements, launching an institutional OA fund, and exploring alternative models of OA monograph publication. Collaboration between the Library and Research Office underpins this and enables success.

Hannah Crago
University of Essex

Hannah Crago is the Open Research Development Librarian at the University of Essex, where she leads the Research Services team. Hannah's role includes promoting open research practices across the university, as well as providing training for researchers on publishing, research visibility, and copyright. Hannah's role also involves management of the institutional open access fund, and advocacy for alternative models of open access publication.

Nicola Warren
University of Essex

Nicola Warren is the Content Management Librarian at the University of Essex. Nic oversees the subscription to, and maintenance of, journal content, databases, and other licensed materials - ensuring relevance to the University community's teaching and research requirements. Nic maintains and develops relationships with suppliers, building key links with these stakeholders. Increasingly, Nic plays a part in the negotiations, decision making, and renewal of read and publish agreements, working closely with both the Open Research Development Librarian, and Open Research Governance Manager.


Making it possible and making it easy: Research Culture and Open Access Monographs

This session will explore how Lancaster University Library has developed and implemented it’s vision for facilitating a culture of open research, with a particular focus on Open Access Monographs. The talk will provide an overview of how the library has developed the necessary infrastructure to facilitate this vision, including developing consortia and collaborative options for Open Access Monograph Publishing with other organisations. The session will also outline how the library has partnered with academic colleagues to develop it’s Open Research Service and make Open Research possible and easy.

Tom Morley
Lancaster University

Tom is currently undertaking a secondment as the Research Culture and Open Monographs Lead at Lancaster University Library. Within this role he leads and coordinates programmes of activity to develop an Open Research Culture as well as exploring options to facilitate open monograph publishing. In his substantive post he works across the areas of Open Access, Research Intelligence and Research Data Management to coordinate and deliver a range of projects, services and initiatives as an Open Research Officer. Tom is also co-editor of the UKSG e-News.

With a little help from my (critical) friends': how collaborating across the publishing divide can help you do more than just get by

In this breakout, we present a unique collaborative evaluation project where the University of Sussex Library and Bloomsbury joined forces to explore and assess the library’s publishing practices. This partnership, where colleagues from Bloomsbury’s Open Research, Textbook Editorial, and Metadata teams delved into the operations of an open textbook pilot publication, was an opportunity for meaningful knowledge exchange and honest dialogue about strengths, weaknesses and the path ahead.

In this session we’ll highlight how we approached the collaboration, outline the valuable discussion points and recommendations that came out of the project, and reflect on the value of the critical friend.

Bethany Logan
University of Sussex

Bethany Logan is the Research & Open Scholarship Senior Manager at the University of Sussex. She has worked in academic library roles since 2006 and currently leads the design and delivery of Library services to support research and open scholarship, embedding principles Open Research and Scholarship in policy, practice, and culture across the University.

Ros Pyne

Ros Pyne is Global Director, Research and Open Access at Bloomsbury Academic. She has worked in open access policy and strategy roles for over a decade and has a particular interest in bringing OA to long-form scholarship and to the humanities. Ros sits on the advisory boards for the OAPEN OA Books Toolkit and the Mellon-funded Book Analytics Dashboard Project and is co-author of several papers on open access books.

Programme and Speakers

Do we need a 5% Manifesto for REF 2028?

In REF 2021, 98% of submitted outputs were journal articles or books. But REF 2028 will assess a project’s “contribution to knowledge and understanding” rather than its formal publications and how findings are communicated to non-researchers, such as policy makers and the public. Hidden Ref, launched in 2019, is inviting universities to sign a 5% Manifesto for REF 2028 that commits them to submitting at least 5% of their contributions in forms other than journal articles or books. Join us to discuss what a ”contribution to knowledge and understanding” means. Will your institution sign up to the 5% Manifesto?

Toby Green
Policy Commons

Toby, Publisher, Policy Commons and Co-Founder of Coherent Digital, has 35+ years experience in scholarly, policy and professional publishing. Previously, he held a variety of senior roles with OECD Publishing and Elsevier Science. Besides the formal stuff, Toby has wrestled with data publishing and is now trying to tame grey literature. He is a regular speaker at publishing and librarian events in Europe and North America. He serves as expert advisor to the Open Research Community. Previously, he was a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing Board and Chair of ALPSP. .

Simon Hettrick
Hidden REF

Professor Simon Hettrick is Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute and a Director of the Southampton Research Software Group.

He is a passionate advocate for non-traditional research careers. He orchestrated a campaign to gain recognition for Research Software Engineers, which has grown into an international community numbering in the tens of thousands. He was the founding chair of the UK's Association of Research Software Engineers and a founding Trustee of the Society of Research Software Engineering.

Simon is the Chair of the Hidden REF: a national campaign that looks to recognises all research outputs and every role that makes research possible. In this role, Simon campaigns for a broader interpretation of how people can contribute to the conduct of research.

Joint Session - Promoting Climate Change Literacy through the repackaging of Scholarly Information Resources to suit the varying Literacy Levels in Africa/The Open Climate Campaign: Ambitions and Approaches

Promoting Climate Change Literacy in Africa: Repackaging Scholarly Information for varying Literacy Levels - Mac-Anthony Cobblah, University of Cape Coast 

The emergence of climate change pose one of the most critical global challenges of our time with far-reaching implications for all humans. In Africa, a continent particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, knowledge and education plays pivotal roles in building resilience and fostering sustainable practices. This paper presents comprehensive strategies and techniques essential to repackage scholarly information resources to create awareness and promote understanding of climate change issues specifically tailored to suit the varying literacy levels in Africa.

The Open Climate Campaign: Ambitions and Approaches - Frances Pinter, Central European University Press

The goal of the Open Climate Campaign (OCC) is to promote open access to accelerate progress towards solving the climate crisis and preserving global biodiversity. This four-year, $4.5 million project is funded by the Arcadia Fund and Open Society Foundations and managed by Creative Commons, EIFL and SPARC. It promotes internationally the adoption and implementation of strong OA policies, overcoming legal barriers and help funders and environmental organisations make better use of OA.
We look at how an issue-based OA campaign such as OCC can fit within the broader scientific and scholarly communications issues including the role of libraries.

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.


Frances Pinter
Central European University 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.

Reckoning or Retreat? A Longitudinal Look at DEIA in Scholarly Communications Workplaces

What is the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the scholarly publishing community? It's time to take a thorough look at the 2023 global Workplace Equity (WE) Survey results. The C4DISC coalition conducted the WE Survey to capture perceptions, experiences, and demographics of colleagues working at publishers, associations, libraries, and many more types of organizations in the global community. Four key themes emerged from the 2023 results, which will be compared to the findings from the first WE Survey conducted in 2018. Recommendations for actions organisations can consider within their contexts will be proposed and discussed.

Camille Lemieux
Springer Nature

Camille Lemieux is a manager of global diversity, equity, and inclusion at Springer Nature. Committed to creating equitable and inclusive organisations, she uses her expertise in data analysis to help work teams improve their DEI competencies. By monitoring KPIs and conducting programme evaluation, she strives to turn good intentions about DEI into outcomes. She is a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing DEIA Committee and joined the C4DISC Workplace Equity Survey team in 2022. Prior to joining Springer Nature, she conducted quantitative and qualitative research on education and equity programmes at global non-profit EDC.

You don't know what you've got till it's gone: Future directions for learned society publishing

Since 2015, the number of self-published learned societies in the UK has decreased by over a third, with the remaining societies experiencing real-term revenue declines. All around the world, society publishers are struggling with increased competition from commercial publishers and the rise of open access business models that reward quantity over quality. We will delve into the distinctive position of societies in research, examine the challenges confronting UK and US learned society publishers, and explore actionable steps for libraries and policymakers to support the continued relevance of learned society publishers in the evolving scholarly landscape.

Rob Johnson
Research Consulting Limited

Rob Johnson is the Managing Director of Research Consulting, a mission-driven business which works to improve the effectiveness and impact of research and scholarly communication. He began his career with KPMG, the international professional services firm, before working in a senior research management role at the University of Nottingham. Since founding Research Consulting in 2013 he has led more than 150 projects in the field of scholarly communication and research. He is a UKSG Trustee, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds an MSc in Higher Education Management from Loughborough University.


Angela Cochran
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Gaynor Redvers-Mutton
Biochemical Society

Gaynor is committed to develolping sustainable and fair routes enabling authors the choice of not for profit journals in which to publish their research.

Empowering minds: libraries leading the charge in student mental health

In the wake of the global mental health crisis, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the demand for mental health services has reached unprecedented levels, leaving universities grappling with the challenge of providing adequate support. Libraries have emerged as crucial allies in this endeavor, acting as knowledge hubs and offering vital resources to address the pressing mental health needs of students and researchers.

Join our panel discussion as we delve into the far-reaching impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on student and faculty mental health, exploring how libraries can leverage their central position to serve the “whole student”.

Tash Edmonds
ProQuest, part of Clarivate

Natasha has a career spanning over 16 years in the library, education, and book aggregation sectors. A qualified librarian, she holds a BA in Classical Literature and Civilisation from University of Birmingham and a MSc in Information Management in the Cultural Sector from City University, London.
Tash has worked and managed library teams in the public, school, further and higher education sectors where she gained first-hand insight into the varying acquisition and collection development trends and issues facing information professionals and their end users.
In her role as Director, Industry & Publisher Strategy, Tash is responsible for driving better understanding of global customer trends in collections development.

Kimberly Bryce
Glasgow Caledonian University

Kimberly is a Resource Librarian at Glasgow Caledonian University's Sir Alex Ferguson Library. She is responsible for all areas of resource acquisition and management and is the co-lead on the university’s resource list service.
Kimberly is currently the chair of the SHEDL Learning Content group and is a member of the SCURL EDI Network.
Kimberly has worked at GCU since 2013, but has 18 years’ experience working in a variety of roles across the public library and education sectors. She is passionate about supporting early career professionals, collection development, EDI and wellbeing support in Academic Libraries.

Andrew Knight
Imperial College London

Andrew has been Acquisitions and Content Services Manager at Imperial College London since May 2020. This is a strategic role which looks after acquisitions, metadata and document delivery across seven Imperial College Libraries, identifying and implementing new technologies and innovations, and advising the Library leadership team on sector developments.

Andrew represents Imperial College at a sector level on a number of national groups and networks including Jisc's Learning Content expert group, and SUPC's framework and contract management groups. His particular interests are around collection development, library-supplier relations, and how libraries can do more holistically to support Universities' duty of care.

Jenny Foster
Edge Hill University

Jenny Foster has worked in libraries and professional services for more than 20 years, including at Bath Spa University and the University of Southampton. She believes in considering the student experience in its entirety, with experience of developing spaces to support changing approaches to teaching and learning. Jenny leads a combined helpdesk providing frontline student support across multiple departments, including the university wellbeing and mental health service. Based in Catalyst, a shared building encompassing the university library, her teams support students from application to graduation with enquiries ranging from IT help and library skills to support for students in crisis.


Demystifying AI: (Data-centric) Uses and Limits for Library Collections

This session will demystify (generative) AI by exploring its workings as an advanced statistical modelling tool (suitable for any level of technical knowledge). Not only will this session explain the technological underpinnings of AI, it will also address concerns and (long-term) requirements around ethical and practical usage of AI. This includes data preparation and cleaning, data ownership, and the value of data-generated - but not owned - by libraries. It will also discuss the potentials for (hypothetical) use cases of AI in collections environments and making collections data AI-ready; providing examples of AI capabilities and applications beyond chatbots.

Siobhan Haime
Open Library of Humanities

Siobhan joined the Open Library of Humanities in October 2023 as a Publishing Technologies Librarian, having previously worked at the University of Leeds where she started her career in libraries as a Library Assistant in 2021. She co-leads the Academic Libraries North’s ‘Global Equity Network’ and is an editor for UKSG Insights, whilst working towards her PhD in conversation analysis.

Siobhan is passionate about Open Access, Knowledge Equity, Open Education, and has a keen interest in digital transformation and technological advances in librarianship. She also has an interest in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and empowering those historically disenfranchised in education.

ORCID and trust: a two way conversation

This breakout session will offer a chance to meet members of the ORCID team and dive into the way ORCID and its member organisations think about "trust". The session comprises a brief presentation on 'trust markers' in the ORCID record, followed by a collaborative discussion with attendees.  You'll learn what trust markers are, where they come from, how they can help researchers and institutions, and how your organisations can contribute.  We'll also examine the relationship between trust markers and research integrity, how trust markers can be interpreted, and how they can be used in common workflows across different systems and organisations. This session may be of particular interest to Research Support and Scholarly Communication librarians, as well as editors and publishers.

Tom Demeranville

Tom is the ORCID Product Director and has a long history of building shared scholarly infrastructure. He has worked at ORCID for the past 8 years and is passionate about connecting researchers and research through technical and social means.

Shivendra Naidoo

With over a decade of experience working in the Academic Publishing and Educational Technology industries, Shivendra is passionate about supporting Research and Scholarly Communications. He holds a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics, and postgraduate qualifications in Business, and Accounting & Finance.

As a Senior Engagement Lead at ORCID in the Global Direct Members team, Shiv focuses on growing member & integration adoption, and collaborations with Service Providers and Publishers serving the wider research community.

Programme and Speakers

The position and prospects of academic libraries: a SWOT analysis and strategy framework

Its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats shape the academic library in terms of what it is and does, how it is seen, where it excels and struggles, and its potential for advancement or decline. The session will identify key factors influencing academic library status and positioning. It will analyse the overlap, interplay and occasional contradiction between the different strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and will outline a framework of ten proposed strategic directions. The session will aim to enable attendees to advance the position of their libraries by leveraging their strengths, addressing weaknesses, taking the opportunities presented to them and mitigating significant threats they confront.

John Cox
Academic Libraries Writer & Analyst

John Cox writes about and analyses issues impacting academic libraries and their positioning. He retired as University Librarian at the University of Galway in November 2023 and is currently writing a book on The Position and Strategic Positioning of Academic Libraries: global drivers and local politics, to be published by Facet Publishing. His most recent published work is a two-part SWOT analysis of academic libraries in the New Review of Academic Librarianship. Previous publications include review articles on the higher education environment driving academic library strategy, positioning the academic library in the institution, and communicating library roles in digital scholarship.

Open, Global, Trusted: The DOAJ game

In this session, you will join a group as a librarian, researcher, publisher or funder and explore the history of how DOAJ was created through a game where you will solve a range of tasks linked to crucial points in DOAJ's timeline. You do not need any existing knowledge about open access or DOAJ to be able to play this game. This session will have limited spaces for gameplay, but you can join as an observer. This marks the launch of this new game, and the resources for the game will be published online as an open educational resource shortly after the UKSG conference. 

Katrine Sundsbø
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)

Katrine Sundsbø is the Community Manager at DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals). She has more than 7 years experience working within the scholarly communications community, and is particularly interested in Open Access, Open Research and Open Education as well as community engagement. Kat has created the Open Access Escape Room, the Open Access Mystery and is the co-creator of Copyright Dough, Open Science in Peril and the OER Escape Room.


Collections Development and Discovery Project: University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is running a £2million project in relation to the print book collection at Hartley Library. The project addresses legacy issues with physical books, including consistent classification, logical stock sequencing, metadata optimisation, condition checks, cleaning and preservation, retention statements, and uniqueness verification. As a result of this work, some books will be retained at Hartley Library, some moved to high quality off-site storage and some material will be deaccessioned. We discuss the overall aims, data handling, data-driven decision-making, workflows, engagement and consultation strategies associated with this proje

Jonathan Chipp
University of Southampton

Jonathan has worked in higher education libraries for over fifteen years. Teams he has worked in include special collections, e-resource management, metadata, inter-library lending and collections. He has worked as a Collections Development Manager and is currently seconded into a role that has responsibility for content management and library technologies. His substantive role is Head of Collections Acquisitions and Discovery. In that role he has responsibility for acquisitions and inter-library lending, reading lists and metadata. He has a background in academic research and holds doctorates in geography and philosophy.

James Howells
University of Southampton

I have worked at the University of Southampton for 10 years, largely in Strategic Planning, where I was responsible for the University’s Student Number Planning process.
In May 2023 I moved to the University's library and took up the role of Senior Data Analyst, working on our Collections Development project.
I have a strong background in data analytics and visualization and am using these skills to support the library to reviews and develop it’s collection.

Open infrastructure and standards: small bodies, big impact

Community-led organizations like DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), COUNTER (the standard for usage metrics) and OA Switchboard (information exchange for OA publications) are committed to providing reliable, not-for-profit services and standards essential for a well-functioning global research ecosystem. These organizations operate behind the scenes, with low budgets and limited staffing – no salespeople, marketing teams, travel budgets, or in-house technology support. They collaborate with one another and with bigger infrastructure bodies like Crossref and ORCID, creating the foundations on which much scholarly infrastructure relies.

These organizations deliver value through open infrastructure, data and standards, and naturally services and tools have been built by commercial and not-for-profit groups that capitalize on their open, interoperable data and services – many of which you are likely to recognize and may use on a regular basis.

Hear from the Directors of COUNTER, DOAJ and OA Switchboard, as well as a library leader, on the role of these organizations, the challenges they face and why support from the community is essential to their sustainability.

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.

Joanna Ball

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.

Yvonne Campfens
OA Switchboard

Yvonne Campfens holds a MSc Econometrics degree from University of Amsterdam, and has worked in academic publishing and related service sectors for 30 years (Elsevier, Swets Subscription Services, Bohn Stafleu van Loghum/Springer Media, Springer Nature). She was involved in collaborative and workflow solutions like ASA model licenses (1999), ALPSP Learned Journal Collection (2004) and TRANSFER Code of Practice (2009). In 2018, she started her own consultancy business, and has been involved with OA Switchboard since 2019. In 2020 she was appointed Executive Director of Stichting ('foundation') OA Switchboard.

Adam Der
Max Planck Digital Library

Ádám Dér is Head of Scientific Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL), serving researchers at the more than 80 institutes of the Max Planck Society across Germany. In this role, he acts as lead negotiator and collections strategist, prioritizing publisher negotiations to advance the open access transition in scholarly publishing. He also represents the Max Planck Society in a broad range of national and international strategic activities, including Germany’s nationwide DEAL negotiations and participation in the governing council of SCOAP3. He is an expert advisor in the ESAC Initiative on data analytics, OA workflows and transformative agreements and contributes to a variety of international industry boards and initiatives. Prior to his role at MPDL, he served as Head of Development of the Hungarian National Consortium (EISZ).

Developing Scottish Universities Press: a practical guide to library-led publishing

Scottish Universities Press (SUP) is a library-led publishing initiative involving 18 institutions. SUP was formed in response to changes in the Open Access policy landscape and to harness the benefits of working collaboratively at scale. In this session we will outline the approach to establishing SUP, sharing tips and lessons learned. We will cover the practical challenges we have experienced as librarians becoming publishers and discuss how wider challenges in the OA landscape have impacted our efforts. We will also outline the opportunities of institution-led publishing as we have experienced them and explore the wider anticipated benefits as we move to scaling up SUP.

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.

Dominique Walker
Publishing Officer - Scottish Universities Press Scottish Universities Press

Dominique Walker is the Publishing Officer for the Scottish Universities Press (SUP). Her role is hosted by the Library and Learning Centre LLC at the University of Dundee. Dominique is working with 18 SCURL member institutions to set up and establish a not-for-profit open access press that is owned and managed by the participating institutions. Prior to this role Dominique worked at the University of Glasgow Library for over 10 years, in the Acquisitions and Access department, focusing on e-resources and open access agreements.


Shine Bright like a Diamond: What can library hosting services offer in the academic publishing market?

New Open Access presses are launching across the UK and beyond, but where do library-based hosting services sit within this, and what can they offer? Join Cath Dishman and Rebecca Wojturska as they discuss Diamond Open Access, the role of the library hosting service, and what the model can contribute to the academic publishing market.

Particular attention will be paid to the business, financial and sustainability aspects: how much does it cost? What skills and personnel are needed for success? What aspects need development to ensure library-based hosting can continue to shine bright into the future? Join us to find out!

Rebecca Wojturska
University of Edinburgh

Rebecca Wojturska (she/her) is the Open Access Publishing Officer at the University of Edinburgh, functioning within Library and University Collections on the Scholarly Communications Team. She is responsible for managing Edinburgh Diamond: an open access hosting service which offers hosting, technical support, preservation, indexing, and publishing guidance to staff and students who wish to publish diamond open access books and journals. Rebecca is also the Statistician/Bibliometrician for the Journal of Information Literacy. In her spare time she loves nothing more than reading Gothic literature, watching horror films and crushing her enemies at board games.

Cath Dishman
Liverpool John Moores University

Cath is the Open Access and Digital Scholarship Librarian at Liverpool John Moores University. She takes the lead for open access advocacy at LJMU and manages the institutional repository and open journals service. Cath has over 20 years’ experience in libraries in a range of roles from academic services, customer services, user support and most recently research support. Cath is also the Content Officer for CILIP's Library and Information Research Group (LIRG)

Looking at the cliff's edge: the end of block grant funding for R&P deals

The introduction of Transformative Agreements created the need for Open Access and Subs & Access teams to work closely together to evaluate and manage implementation of these deals. However, R&P deals were never supposed to be permanent. Block grant support of R&P deals ends in 2025 shifting the full burden of the costs to subscription budgets. This panel discussion will aim to bring together subscription and open access librarians to discuss their priorities (access to resources vs publishing Open Access), where they overlap (supporting the use of Open Access material), potential plans for walking away from deals and what scholarly publishing may look like in the future.

Katie Hughes
King's College London

Katie Hughes is the Open Access Librarian on the Open Research team at King's College London working on the same team with Subscriptions and Access. After earning her MLIS from the University of British Columbia, she started her library career at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL. After moving to the UK permanently in 2016, Katie worked in the Office of Scholarly Communication as the Open Access Research Advisor at the University of Cambridge and as the User Experience Librarian at the Cambridge Judge Business School. Currently, she oversees OA funded publishing, King's institutional repository, Pure, and PhD etheses deposits.

Nadia Casagranda
King's College London

Nadia Casagranda manages the Subscriptions & Access service in Libraries & Collections, overseeing and managing operationally the full lifecycle of a wide range of subscription-based library resources, as well as the interlending and document delivery service to support teaching and research at King’s. She works closely with other managers in the Open Research team to support the shift towards open access and open research and with other colleagues in Libraries & Collections o deliver cost-effective, sustainable and innovative collections. She has over 10 years of experience in subscriptions and eresources management and has worked in other library roles at King’s prior to this.

Small Fish in a Big Pond: Micro-press Perspectives

This breakout session will bring together several micro-presses from different backgrounds to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the smallest operators to survive and thrive in a quickly changing scholarly communications landscape. A commitment to bibliodiversity implies that the transition to a fully Open Access future should happen in a way that allows scholarly publishing to be done by presses at a range of scales, including the very small – yet some of the prevailing OA business models are difficult or impossible for micro-presses to engage with. How can tiny presses realise some of the benefits of scale in the marketplace? Is there demand or potential for new collective funding models or infrastructure to support micro-press OA journal publishing? Why are there lots of small society and scholar-led presses, and lots of larger professional publishers, but rather few independent micro-presses?  We’ll bring together a society publisher, an independent micro-press and a small university press to explore these issues, with an eye to a truly bibliodiverse future.

James Rice
The 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.

Laura Simonite
Ian Caswell
UCL Press

Ian Caswell is the Journals Manager at UCL Press and leads the journals publishing programme. Having launched the programme in 2017, UCL Press now publishes 15 fully Open Access diamond journals, that cover a broad range of topics across the humanities, law, and social sciences, as well as science, technology, and engineering, including their new dedicated, multi-disciplinary, Open Science journal called UCL Open Environment that publishes broadly across all environment related subjects. Prior to UCL Press Ian previously held positions at Biomed Central and Wiley's open access journals team.


Programme and Speakers

Fostering an Open Research culture: ARU's Graduate Trainee Secondment to research services

While research support teams are generally small and specialist in nature, an increased demand of its service has been observed across the sector. This is particularly true for teaching-intensive institutions. As a pilot to expand research support across ARU library, the library graduate trainee was seconded to the research services team for a month. This dialogue between the former trainee and manager will discuss what the experience and outcomes of the secondment were from different perspectives. The conversation will also explore the exposure Library and Information Studies students have to research services throughout their degree.

Rocky Mak
Anglia Ruskin University

Rocky Mak is the research services manager of Anglia Ruskin University, who amongst various other things is responsible for promoting open science both in the library and the university as a whole. He holds a Juris Doctor and MSc (Library and Information Management), and is admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales. Before his current role, he had experience working for universities in the UK and Hong Kong in both research and library positions.

Lily Swain
Anglia Ruskin University

Lily Swain is an early career professional, having recently completed a Graduate Traineeship at Anglia Ruskin University. Now working as a Library Services Adviser, she is based within the library’s Customer Services team. Lily is also undertaking a part-time MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL and is a Cambridge Library Group committee member.

Author Identity Metadata: Why a Small Publisher Can Address a Major Challenge

Library patrons want to search for and locate authors by particular identity markers, such as gender identification, country of origin, sexual orientation, nature of disability, and the many intersectional points that allow an author to express a point-of-view. Artificial Intelligence, skilled web researchers, and data scientists in general struggle to achieve accuracy on single identity markers, such as gender. And what right does anybody have to affix identity metadata to an author other than the author theirselves? And what of the risks in disseminating author identity metadata in electronic distribution platforms and in library catalog systems? Can a "fully informed" author even imagine all the possible misuses of their identity metadata?

Oh, but the benefits. Academic and scholarly publishing catalogs are not capturing the depth and breadth of voices readers want to read. How can publishers be held accountable to amplify the underrepresented voices, the globally marginalized voices, the many counter-narratives we need to hear? Imagine a publisher's online catalog that allowed a reader to select, with confidence, a book from a self-identified queer, neurodiverse author from Ghana?

In this discussion an author, a librarian, a publisher, and an ebook platform provider will present the early learnings from an effort at Lived Places Publishing to engage its author and editor community in the development of author generated, author approved, and author delivered identity metadata to support the development of robust catalog records and searchable fields in the publisher's online catalog.

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David Parker
Lived Places Publishing

David is the co-founder and Publisher of Lived Places Publishing. In previous professional roles, David founded Business Expert Press, which has more than 1,000 titles in its catalog today. He was also editor-in-chief at Person Education early in his career. David later launched Academic Video Online, the largest subscription collection of academic videos in use today in universities around the world. David is a leader in designing and implementing digital, multi-channel distribution of streaming content.
Lived Places Publishing is David’s most recent effort at bringing together innovative thinking in publishing and distribution with doing important work in the world. At a moment in time when voices are being silenced and teaching the value of difference is under assault, LPP is much more than a business to David, it is a mission.
David is a longtime contributor to Against the Grain with his column “Learning Belongs in the Library.” His writing has appeared in the Scholarly Kitchen, EdTech Times, UKSG Insights, and more. David consults with mission-based organizations seeking to build distribution of their teaching and learning content into university libraries. David is a competitive triathlete, yogi, and a passionate connector of people who always, always, always answers his email!


Kadian Pow
Birmingham City University + BB Naturals

Dr. Kadian Pow is a Lecturer, in Sociology and Black Studies, at Birmingham City University.

Dr. Pow is also one of Canvas 8 Expert Consultant in Cultural Trends, and has worked on racial equity projects with Beatfreeks, and Museums in the UK and USA. Her main interests include Black feminism in online spaces, television, fandoms and representation, intersectionality, the sociology of Black hair and identity, and museum decolonisation efforts.

Extending her Black feminist praxis, Kadian founded Bourn Beautiful Naturals in 2017 during her PhD studies.

Her first book, Stories of Black Female Identity in the Making: Queering the Love in Blackness was published by Lived Places Publishing in 2023.

What next for sustainable open scholarship? The Cambridge University Press transformation and beyond.

What are the impacts of the oldest publisher in the world going from 90% subscription content to 90% Open Access content in under 10 years and what does the future hold? Cambridge University Press is now well underway with an unprecedented transformation, but what does the next phase of Open Research look like for Cambridge and the industry at large? The efforts to get us to this point have been shared between authors, institutions, funders and publishers, and the future ecosystem of research publishing needs to be similarly balanced, sustainable and equitable. We would like to open a dialogue with the community, outlining our vision, and discuss what happens next for open scholarship..

Chris Bennett
Cambridge University Press

Chris is Commercial Director at Cambridge University Press, having served eleven years at the renowned education and research publisher. Before that, he held a variety of roles at Oxford University Press. Chris believes passionately that quality publishing continues to inspire, is relevant and should drive innovation for the benefit of learners, instructors and researchers alike. He’s a leading advocate for rapid (yet sustainable!) model change in open research and online learning, the uptake of adaptive technologies and the use of data science to inform student and researcher success. When not furthering these ambitions, Chris may often be found in his engineering workshop, somewhere in or under his classic Land Rover.

Getting Out From The Back of the Sofa: Or How Can We Achieve Sustainable Funding for Open Access Books?

Is the biggest blocker to open access actually the economics of it all? Book Processing Charges don’t scale but they’re still the dominant method of funding OA monographs, despite the recent emergence of several alternatives to BPCs: collective funding models like Opening the Future, the Open Book Collective, Direct-2-Open etc.

Through presentations and audience Q&A we’ll pose some provocative questions to explore this theme:
- How can these new models achieve sustainability and ‘get out from the back of the sofa’ of end-of-year leftover funds?
- How can libraries prioritise these models from their budgets?
- How can the sector work together to promote and maximise these alternative models in the world of tight budgets?

With demand increasing for monographs to be open (including UKRI’s new policy) this is a timely and urgent discussion with library and publishing experts.

Tom Grady
Copim & Birkbeck College, University of London

Tom is a Work Package Lead on the Copim Open Book Futures project where, with Professor Martin Eve, he helped to launch and runs the Opening the Future revenue model funding new Open Access monographs. Prior to joining Copim, he has worked in most areas of libraries, academic and public, and was a founding team member of the UK's first jointly-run and library-led Open Access publisher, White Rose University Press.

Elaine Sykes
Lancaster University

Elaine Sykes is currently acting as the Associate Director (Content and Open Research) at Lancaster University where she leads the teams that deal with all content and scholarly communications activities. Her substantive post is the Head of Open Research where she has strategic lead for scholarly communications, research data management and research intelligence.

Her research interests include open access publishing and data visualisation. She is widely active in the library sector including involvement with SCONUL, RLUK and the Library Performance Measurement Conference, where she acts as a Director. She has recently joined the Ebsco Academic Advisory Board.


Creating credibility through community: Encouraging high quality publications in an environment with no barriers to publishing is a UKRI funded research publishing model, designed to promote best practice. Intended to sit alongside journals, Octopus provides a space for researcher collaboration, recording work in detail, and receiving feedback from others, allowing journals to focus on narrative.

The platform removes existing barriers to publishing. It’s an entirely free, open space for researchers, without editorial and pre-publication peer review processes. The only requirement for authors is a valid ORCiD ID. Without barriers, Octopus must provide feedback mechanisms to ensure the community can self-moderate. During this session, we’ll explore Octopus’ aims to foster a collaborative environment and incentivise quality.

Tim Fellows

Tim Fellows is a product manager at Jisc, a not-for-profit that provides various services to support further and higher education institutions. In this role, Tim is responsible for the growth and development of the Octopus platform, and works closely with a range of researchers, research support, and library staff to ensure that the platform delivers on its goal of improving research culture and serving researchers of all disciplines. Previously, Tim has worked on other research-adjacent services, including ethics review, clinical compliance, and human tissue banking platforms.

Emily Wild

Captivate, Connect, and Convert: Unlocking the art of Collections Engagement

Join me as I share my experience of my first year as a Collections Engagement Manager, a brand-new role at the University of Salford, where, as a key player in ensuring sustainability and return on investment, I have tackled the persistent issue of e-resource engagement in HE.

During this session, I will discuss my approach to this new position and its practical implementation by sharing the theory behind my future-focused methodology. I will demonstrate the impact of my role, including examples of both successful and unsuccessful projects, as well as the use of data-driven evidence and best practices.

Natalia Gordon
University of Salford

Natalia Gordon has over a decade of experience working in academic libraries across the North of England. Currently working as the Collections Engagement Manager at the University of Salford in Manchester, Natalia’s remit focuses on increasing engagement with the Library's content and collections. She has been recognized as an Advance HE Fellow since 2015 through her extensive work with academic reading lists. Additionally, she is a member and former Chair of the CILIP Yorkshire and Humberside regional network and has been involved with library engagement in some way for most of her professional career.

A critical review of transitional agreements in the UK: why, how, what and where next?

This breakout will provide an opportunity for attendees to delve deeper into the findings of the Critical Review of Transitional Agreements discussed by Chris Banks and Caren Milloy in the second plenary session. We will discuss the methodology in more detail, as well as elaborate on our findings on the prevalence of Open Access and the extent to which UK transitional agreements have met the sector’s requirements. We will also ask several questions of the audience to help us gauge the UKSG community’s reactions to the findings and ambitions for the future of open research dissemination.

Helen Dobson

Helen is a Licensing portfolio specialist for research content at Jisc. She leads a team working to deliver agreements that meet the requirements of UK universities, achieve savings and support the transition to open access. Helen’s background is in academic libraries and in previous roles she oversaw services providing Open Access and Research Data Management support and publishing advice.

Kira Brayman

Kira supports Jisc's licensing services with high-quality data analysis, by evidencing negotiations for digital content and software solutions for UK education and research. In particular, Kira focuses on assessing how Jisc's agreements contribute to Open Access and routes to compliance for funded authors.



December 13 2023 - 08:00 - March 27 2024 - 16:00

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