All members of the UKSG community have had to adapt rapidly to a seismic change which has implications for what services we offer and how; the sustainability of our business models; and for the persistence of agreements and norms that are now revisiting. At the UKSG November Conference From Transition to Transformation: providing scholarly content and services in tumultuous times, will explore how the pace of change in the scholarly communication sector has accelerated as a result of the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conference co-convener Charlie Rapple, Chief Customer Officer at Kudos, explains, “We were already a sector in transition; now we are seeing that become rapid transformation, as so many of our environmental factors have changed overnight. What does this mean for how libraries and publishers will work together in future? UKSG’s unique position as a cross-community membership organization means we are well placed to bring together a range of different perspectives for this important and timely discussion.”
Conference co-convenor Katherine Rose, Head of Content and Discovery at Imperial College London Library Services, adds, “We are thrilled to have been able to bring together such a strong and diverse set of speakers, whose range of perspectives will provide us with real insight into how our sector will move forward from the current situation, and how we will manage future disruptions. We are also excited to be running this event online for the first time, as this brings great benefits in terms of more affordable pricing, and greater inclusivity. We already have an astonishing number of pre-bookings and look forward to a well-attended conference of the high standard for which UKSG is renowned.”
At this time we are currently working to confirm an interesting programme of speakers, we can so far welcome the following speakers:
- Ed Fay, Deputy Director of Library Services, University of Bristol: Setting library strategic directions beyond COVID
- Caren Milloy, Director of Licensing, Jisc: Negotiating in the ‘new normal’: getting value for money in the post-COVID economy
- Birgit Fraser, Head of Content Delivery and Discovery at Anglia Ruskin University: The future of the etextbook market: pricing and pressures as education goes online
- Randy Townsend, Director, Publications Operations, American Geophysical Union and Lyndsey Dixon, Global Journals Director, De Gruyter: panel discussion of how publishing strategies and operations are evolving as a result of pandemic disruption
- Sara Rouhi, Director of Strategic Partnerships, PLoS: what might our ’new normal’ mean for collaborative problem solving?
- Coco Nijhoff, Senior Teaching Fellow (Library Services) at Imperial College London and Rowan Williamson, Associate Director for Services and Support in Library Services at University of the Arts London: The Library’s role in delivering online teaching: meeting the rapidly changing needs of students
- Masud Khokhar, Director of Library and Archives at University of York: Equipping ourselves for the future: resilience and future skills in our sector
- We will also hear from researchers about how their working practices and information needs have changed.
A more detailed programme will follow shortly.
The conference welcomes members and non-members of UKSG alike – Please note that advance registration is required.
Registration is available here, and will be valid for both sessions on the 11th and 12th November.
Fees (both days):
- Member – £ 35.00 + £ 7.00 VAT
- Non-Member – £ 42.00 + £ 8.40 VAT
(A list of members can be found here)
If you are unable to attend? We will send you a link to a recording after the event.