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Editorial

As an Academic Liaison Librarian for business, I have some expertise in literature searching and secondary data collection, and in teaching others about these, but I’m aware that there are many other research areas that I don’t have as much knowledge of as I’d like… I also know that there are areas where I, and other staff working in academic and research libraries, could use our experience and expertise to play more of a part in academic research, including funded research as co-investigators on projects led by other people, and even leading our own projects.
What do 850 football players and their performance data have in common with academic libraries and online resources? More than you’d think! The connecting factor is data, how it is collected, used and for what purposes.
Open Access Week 2022 takes place between the 24th and 30th of October. This year’s theme seeks to encourage connection and collaboration among the climate movement and the international open community. We have reached out to four institutions to find out more about their plans for OA week and what they hope to achieve through these events.
You really never know where a career in our sector will take you. In this article I will share a little about my experience at the UKSG conference as a first-timer and recipient of a sponsored place for early career professionals.
Resource discovery is an essential step in researchers and learners journey to quality, peer reviewed content. But user journeys to this content can be very complex and researchers often come up against barriers to access. The process to get relevant, accurate and recent research in front of the right person, at the right time, is a miracle of collaboration across organisations and technical platforms. Jon Bentley, commercial director at OpenAthens, discusses some of the barriers to access and how federated single sign-on can simplify resource discovery.
Dani Stubbs tells us about the work of EARLL (Early career Academic & Research Librarians in London) and their newly created EDC (EARLL Development Community) network. “We seek to change the playing field in Academic library recruitment. Whilst much discussion is needed in the long run about how these recruitment practices should be changed, to encourage diversity within libraries and academic institutions in general, we hope that this attempt to assist ECLs seeking library jobs right now, will do justice.”
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.