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Editorial

Accessibility is one of the fundamental principles of publishing and disseminating content in a world where the majority of our interactions take place through digital means...However, accessibility is not just an ambition: in many jurisdictions, it is now a legal requirement with legislation stating that materials cannot be adopted by institutions like universities without meeting a certain accessibility level. This has made accessibility a significant focus area for academic publishers and libraries alike.
Predatory journal publishing has the potential to harm an author’s career, an institution’s reputation and dilutes the quality of scientific information available to the scholarly community. However, publishers, libraries, and institutions can work together to educate authors and provide them with the guidance and tools needed to get their work recognized and published in legitimate scholarly journals to gain exposure for their work and help advance their careers.
Long time attendee, Joanna Ball, looks at the plans for this year's conference and her thoughts on why you should attend.
What the last 12 months has shown us, more than anything, is the resilience and importance of our sector, our communities, the work we do collaboratively and the importance of the roles we and our customers play in such a setting. Despite the current climate, and its impact on both home and work life, collaboratively we have all strengthened our partnerships and working practices to ensure that the content that was needed can be accessed when and where needed, and our connectivity - virtual or in-person - can thrive.
"Our industry cannot do transformative work without deeply examining, undoing, and rebuilding our current prejudices, processes, norms, and standards"
"We can no longer sell the cake and not tell anyone how it was made. From the mandatory requirements around food labelling that began in the early 20th century to the current advent of “slow fashion,” and “sustainable luxury,” consumers expect to know “what’s in their stuff”. While authors, reviewers, and editors may not be as far along as academic libraries in evaluating scholcomm providers’ alignment with their mission/values, this march toward ongoing radical transparency is inevitable."
The eNews co-editors, Josh and Helle, asked the current Board of Trustees to reply to three important questions, exploring UKSG’s response to current challenges and their vision for the future
Lorraine Estelle looks at the value of membership organisations and why they need your support.
The eNews co-editors Josh and Helle, asked the current Board of Trustees to reply to three important questions, exploring UKSG’s response to current challenges and their vision for the future.
One library's coping (and thriving) mechanisms during the recent pandemic - Michelle Blake at the University of York has some advice and feedback for others going through the same strategic planning.