NEW: UKSG One-Day Conference: London

25 Nov 2010 09:45
25 Nov 2010 17:45

Usercentric: new strategies for scholarly communication

Users’ information habits and expectations are changing. Those of us who have traditionally been involved in meeting their information needs – librarians, publishers, subscription agents and other technology vendors – find ourselves at risk of disintermediation. What are we doing about it?

In this new one-day conference, UKSG has invited senior executives from across the scholarly information community to explain how major organisations are reshaping their strategies to focus more effectively on users, and to review the operational impact of these evolving strategies. A final session will explore how best practice recommendations and standards are helping to integrate the new supply chain.

This new event, aimed at decision-makers, provides the scholarly information community with a more intimate forum for strategic dialogue, following the successful growth of UKSG’s annual conference. 

A closing discussion and drinks reception will provide ample opportunity for delegates to share their own experiences.
Delegate places are limited; please book early to avoid disappointment.


09.45 Registration and coffee 

10.15  Welcome and introduction by the Chair 
Caroline Williams
, Deputy Director of Mimas, The University of Manchester 

10.25 New approaches to evaluating reading habits of undergraduate students  
Alice Keller
, Editorial Director, Library and Information Science & History, De Gruyter Saur 

10.55 Getting up close and personal with the user: the University Librarian’s tale  
Nicky Whitsed
, Director of Library Services, The Open University

11.25  Looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow  
Damyanti Patel
, eLibrary Manager, Birmingham City University 

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Agent 2.0 – the changing role of the agent  
David Main
, CEO, Swets Information Services 

13.30 The impact of a usercentric approach on publisher website vendors  
Chris Beckett
, Vice President Business Development, Atypon

14.00 Tea

14.15 Only Connect: the finding and the using of scholarly content  
Alison Jones
, Director of Digital Development, Palgrave Macmillan    

14.45 How to be ‘usercentric’: the challenges facing small- to medium-sized publishers –
an operational perspective
Tony O’Rourke
, Assistant Director, Journals, IOP Publishing Ltd

15.15 The technologies that oil the supply chain  
Ross MacIntyre
, Mimas Service Manager, The University of Manchester
15.45 Panel session and discussion
chaired by Caroline Williams

16.15  Drinks reception 

17.45 Close


  • UKSG members: £150 + £26.25 VAT [17.5%] (total £176.25)
  • Non-members: £200 + £35.00 VAT [17.5%] (total £235.00)

The fee includes refreshments, lunch and the drinks reception.


The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (Council Room)
1 Carlton House Terrace

Tel.: 020 7451 7300 (Reception) 

The booking date for this conference has now passed.  For further information please contact Karen Sadler at UKSG by e-mail:  or by phone: +44(0)1865 310834.

Venue location details will be sent with confirmation of booking.


  • By Wednesday 17 November 2010 - full refund
  • From Thursday 18 November 2010 - no refund

NB:  UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme
due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control
without being obliged to refund monies.


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