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Long time attendee, Joanna Ball, looks at the plans for this year's conference and her thoughts on why you should attend.

UKSG news

There are now even more opportunities to receive a paid-for ticket to #UKSG2021, with Cell Press and Cambridge University Press joining the UKSG bursary scheme. Taylor & Francis has sponsored the Merriman Award (which gives a place to the NASIG conference too), and Adam Matthew Digital and Wiley are sponsoring a Student/Early Career Professional to attend.
Action needed for the Exhibition at the Annual Conference!

Industry news

New Scientist has a large and growing international readership, with a weekly circulation of approximately 120,000, of which just over half are UK-based.
Launched in October 2020 by the UN and the International Publishers Association, the SDG Publishers Compact is designed to inspire action among publishers and accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
The changes are designed to open the project to a wider variety of member libraries and organizations with a new structure for both involvement and leadership.
The SDG Publisher Compact was launched at the end of 2020 as a way to stimulate action among the scholarly communications community.
The next phase of the Executable Research Article project will focus on reducing barriers to the authoring and publication of reproducible research papers.
The Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), a consortium serving academic and special library members has selected Kanopy as its streaming video partner.
Since the last issue, we have compiled a round up of the Read & Publish, Transformative and Subscribe to Open deals that have been signed.