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Editorial

Continuing our short series on the annual conference and key takeaways. In this issue, Chloe Bolsover, Senior Library Assistant at Reading reviews the digital conference experience and sessions that she attended.
Heather Cripps reflects on her experiences at her first ever UKSG annual conference. "I’m an early professional, and sometimes I think that my lack of experience and expertise means that I don’t have as much to offer, but I intend for what I’ve learnt at UKSG to act like new power, like a current. I started this by doing a presentation in my team meeting about what I had learnt and as we move forward into the new academic year I will continue to research and act on these ideas. Anything I do have to offer I will share, and I will always be trying to learn as much as possible from others and pass this on. "
Three different voices from the UKSG community tell why they decided on the major career change it is to move from the public to the private sector or vice versa. The differences – or lack hereof is discussed by all three, and is a testament to UKSG’s vision of being a meeting point for the entire scholarly communications community. Joanna Ball, Helle Lauridsen and Yvonne Nobis share their experiences.
Librarians, editors, technicians and administrative staff in Ukraine offer vital support to researchers in the country. Supporting Ukrainian Editorial Staff (SUES) is a new partnership of European institutions, infrastructures and organisations offering help to the workforce who make scholarly publishing possible. Louise Stoddard from DOAJ outlines how this new initiative is progressing and the support being offered to editorial staff in Ukraine.
Reflections on a first (and not last!) time visit to the Annual Conference from Tom Morley, University of Lancaster where he presents his current highlights of the conference.
We’re excited to launch a new strategic vision for UKSG at the opening of our Annual Conference in Telford. This marks a milestone for the charity, building on changes to our governance and staffing structures, and marking out a clear direction of travel for the future.
The acceleration of open access (OA) is having a significant impact not just on publishing business models, but also on how research outputs are curated, disseminated and consumed. Most notably, the shift to OA is transforming publishing from a product to a service focused industry. So called ‘native’ OA publishers, such as MDPI - now the 4th largest academic publisher globally in terms of annual published articles[1] - are leading the way in service innovation, focusing on providing the best possible services for their authors. Despite developing services that seemingly address some of the frustrations of the traditional subscription model, OA publishers are facing their own unique set of challenges and criticisms. In many cases, this is down to misunderstanding or misconception, not only about their business models and workflows, but also of their values. In this editorial MDPI seek to address some of these challenges and highlight the need for OA publishers to share more about their ways of working, and for the industry as a whole to have an open dialogue about innovation in author services and what this means for scholarly communications.
PLA (Public Library Association) Conference was for many both the last large live event before lockdown and the first after reopening, and like many other vendors and delegates, Colin Carter worried that it wouldn’t be safe, that nobody dared to attend, and that a long trip and much money spent on making the event festive and attractive would be lost. As you can read from this article this was not the case, instead, it was a joyous event for all, and attending in person is to be strongly recommended. There really is nothing like the buzz of meeting real people.
As in-person conferences restart, how do we decide whether to attend in person or online? Charlie Rapple (UKSG Vice-Chair and co-founder of Kudos) has grappled with the decision, and found it useful to try and distil some of the reasons why we feel like we gain more from being together in person.
Kaye Towlson discusses the vital role that the library continues to play at De Montfort as its community works to build an anti-racist university through the “Decolonising DMU” project.