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Editorial from Kris Meen, NUI Galway Library and a member of the NUI Galway Library’s Research & Learning division, where his role is primarily that of an educator, teaching information and digital literacy skills as part of an Academic Skills team. Kris writes here on his interest and work in the OER space.

UKSG news

The latest news about the conference and exhibition in May (and how to get your all-expenses paid place), our Annual General Meeting at the end of this month and two recent Insights articles.
We are delighted to have such high calibre candidates consider standing for election to the board of trustees of UKSG. They are: Romy Beard, Consultant; James Bennet, CLA; Richard Bridgen, HEE; Claire Grace, Open University; Bruce Heterick, ITHAKA; Bethany Logan, Sussex; Ruth Phillips, Middlesex; Harriet Notman, Jisc; Philip Vaughan, Coventry; Charlie Rapple, Kudos; Katherine Rose, Imperial; Josh Sendall, Nottingham; and Uwe Stehle, Thieme

Forthcoming events

This two-part online event has been adapted from UKSG’s successful and long-running one-day seminar and aims to present a practical introductory overview of all aspects of e-resources management, encompassing e-journals, e-books and bibliographic and full-text databases. Taking place as two morning sessions on Thursday 23rd June and Tuesday 28th June.
This is the second in the 2022 series is 'The role of the library in enabling blended learning'. Each year these popular sessions, free of charge to FE staff, aim to bring together learning resources and library managers to share best practice and innovation in the management, delivery and support of digital resources and library services in the further education arena.

Industry news

Supporting the transition to open access (OA) requires a multi-pronged approach. A key consideration for Jisc and UK institutions is how to put into practice the commitment to a diverse scholarly communication ecosystem.
New $23 M Series D funding to make every research paper ever written accessible will expedite the speed of scientific discovery and medical breakthroughs around the world.
NIH has issued a new Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing, which will require NIH funded researchers to prospectively submit a plan outlining how scientific data from their research will be managed and shared.
Waterstones has bought former family-owned chain Blackwell’s for an undisclosed sum, through funds advised by its hedge fund owner Elliott Advisors.
U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., sent a letter to Dr. Alondra Nelson, Deputy Director of Science and Society, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), urging for the establishment of a national government-wide public-access policy for federally funded research.