Open Educational Resources online seminar 2023 | UKSG

“The next few years will see a continual increase in the amount of materials created by educational and aligned organisations, much of which will be accessible to peers, students and the general population across the globe. The opportunities for sharing Open Education Resources are greater than ever. This widespread change has led to many ethical and practical questions around ownership, hosting and copyright. This seminar explores the current OER landscape, looks at how some of these issues are being addressed, and highlights the opportunities presented by the growth of OER resources. 


Why you should

Delegates will have a chance to hear from a variety of different perspectives, which will include how open resources can support teaching and learning, how resources are being developed and promoted, and how others have approached the creation and management of OER policies. This course is aimed at anyone who is keen to understand more about Open Educational Resources, with a view to creating them, making use of them for teaching and learning, or creating policies around them. 


Who should attend

The seminar will be of interest to those working across the scholarly information industry, including publishers, librarians, teachers, lecturers, learning technologists, research support staff, other aligned professionals and students….”

UKSG November Conference 2023 – Enriching Scholarship: how libraries and publishers educate, enhance and inform scholarly works | UKSG

“The theme of our online November conference for 2023 is “Enriching Scholarship: how libraries and publishers educate, enhance and inform scholarly works”. 

Just as librarianship is a lot more than collection management, publishing is far broader than peer review. In this UKSG November Conference we’ll be exploring all the ways in which our community acts to enrich scholarship, within the following themes:

Research integrity. As a community we spend a lot of time talking about research integrity – but what is it, who’s responsible, and how do we get that message out to researchers?
Open scholarship. We know that open scholarship can and often does increase the administrative burden on researchers. How can we best mitigate that workload and continue to support the research process while opening up?  It can also add to the workload of the information professionals involved – what does that look like and what are the answers?
Information literacy. With the proliferation of fake news, and more recently the hallucinations of artificial intelligence, the ability to find and evaluate information sources is increasingly critical for scholars. Libraries and publishers are key sources of information literacy education, and we’d love to hear about what you are doing in that space. 
Digital and blended learning. While Covid-19 pushed many institutions towards digital and blended learning in place of traditional lectures, these tools have remained in place as the world has started to re-open. What kinds of materials and support do lecturers need to deliver these new modalities, and how have they impacted on traditional tools like textbooks?…”

Practical Routes to OA Monographs – Collaboration, Innovation and Support online seminar, August 23 & 24, 2023 | UKSG

This is a new two-part online event looking at the rapidly developing landscape of support for Open Access Monograph publishing. Taking place as two morning sessions on Tuesday 22nd August and Thursday 24th August.

The seminar will explore the current landscape of support for Open Access Monograph publishing. With new funder requirements around openness for books being introduced in the UK and other countries, this topic is increasingly important to Librarians, publishers and intermediaries, and is undergoing rapid development. 

The seminar will include a variety of case studies showcasing and exploring the current framework for Open Access monograph publishing in the UK and Europe. It will investigate the diversity of Open Access monograph publishers, as well as how OA book and chapter provision has evolved over time. The session will also highlight several new collaborative sector initiatives looking to support and foster open access monograph publishing, as well as several that have a particular focus on expanding the promotion and discovery of open monographs.

The course will also look to compare and contrast approaches to monograph provision and support by country, with case studies from the UK and Sweden.


UKSG 2023: scholarly communication for the information community | Emerald Insight

Abstract:  Purpose

It reports new research and innovative ideas and technology presented at the UKSG Conference held in Glasgow, Scotland. The report is to disseminate outcomes from the conference plenaries, lightning talks, breakout sessions and exhibitions. Topics like open access, global equity, artificial intelligence and scholarly communication, research archiving and preservation among others are described as presented during the conference.


This paper uses the viewpoint method in reporting a United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG) experience of a conference held in April, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland.


The scholarly community debated much that is trending on various topics and concluded that a lot needs to be done in collaborations, open access, research into new ways of dealing with contemporary issues and new technologies.


The paper presents the issues discussed at the UKSG Conference 2023 have not been presented before. Current trends are brought to the fore.

‘All your data are belong to us’: the weaponisation of library usage data and what we can do about it | UKSG

By Caroline Ball – Academic Librarian, University of Derby, #ebookSOS campaigner
Twitter: @heroicendeavour, Mastodon:

and Anthony Sinnott, Access and Procurement Development Manager, University of York; Twitter: @librarianth

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.

‘Project Red Card’ is demanding compensation for the use of footballers’ performance data by betting companies, video game manufacturers, scouts and others, arguing that players should have more control over how their personal data is collected and particularly how it is monetized and commercialised.

Similarly, libraries’ online resources, whether a single ebook or vast databases, are producing enormous amounts of data, utilised by librarians to assist us in our vital functions: assessing usage and value, determining demand and relevance.

But are we the only ones using this data generated by our users? What other uses is this data being put to? We know for certain that vendors have access to more data than they provide to us via COUNTER statistics etc, but we have no way of knowing how much, what types, or what is done with it.

Witness the recent controversy generated by Wiley’s removal of 1,379 e-books from Academic Complete. Publishers like Wiley determine high use by accessing statistics generated by our end-users via the various e-book platforms through which they access the content. This in itself is indicative of our end-user/library data being provided to third parties without our knowledge or consent, particularly concerning given our licences are with vendors and not publishers. We are also not privy to what data-sharing agreements exist between vendors and publishers. Should we allow library usage data to be weaponized against us in this fashion? What recourse do we have to push back against this practice of ‘data extractivism’, to either withhold this data from publishers and vendors or prohibit them from using it for their own commercial gain?



Now we’ve heard it all! (No, not really ;) ) Engaging the community in shaping OA policy for books | UKSG22 Conference video recordings

The Open Access Books Network (OABN) is a relatively new kid on the block, but it punches above its weight. Our most significant series so far was the Voices from the OA Books Community, devoted to exploring different aspects of policy for OA books.

During the heated discussions, what were the main areas of consensus and which topics emerged as especially controversial? Which aspects of OA policy for books perplexed the community and provoked more questions than answers? In this session we will hear from session leaders and participants as they paint a nuanced picture of a necessary but complex endeavour: how to directly engage the OA books community in developing policies that will materially affect its future.


CfP: UKSG Annual Conference 2023, in-person in Glasgow, UK on 13-15 April 2023 | UKSG

The next UKSG annual conference will be held in person in Glasgow, UK on 13-15 April 2023.

The conference attracts delegates from across the global knowledge community, including librarians, publishers and intermediaries.  It provides a much-respected forum for discussing trends, showcasing initiatives, finding out about current practice across sectors, and connecting with other professionals.

You can see this year’s programme here to give you an idea of the topics we have covered (we welcome new ones too!).

Plenary presentations generally last 25 minutes plus time for questions; breakouts last up to an hour with 15 minutes included for questions; lightning talks are 7-10 minutes and are ideal for project introductions and updates. 

FREE UKSG webinar – Making Open Access Book Funding Work Fairly: Central European University Press and Opening the Future | UKSG

“Open access monograph publishing needs to be sustainable not just for publishers, but also for libraries. CEU Press’ collective library funding programme ‘Opening the Future’ was designed to be low-cost and simple, slotting into acquisitions budgets and existing library purchasing workflows. Several months into launch, we assess how this has fared and discuss how we can scale without increasing the administrative and decision-making burden already on collections and scholarly communications teams, who are already picking through a tangle of transformative agreements, pay-to-publish deals, author affiliations, and legacy subscriptions. The session will be set in context of the recent UKRI monograph policy announcement.”

Reflections on the new UKRI open access policy | UKSG

by Samuel A. Moore, Scholarly Communication Specialist, Office of Scholarly Communication, Cambridge University Libraries & Niamh Tumelty, Head of Open Research Services, Office of Scholarly Communication, Cambridge University Libraries

At Cambridge University Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication, we have been supporting Cambridge researchers to comply with a variety of open access policies for many years. The policy landscape has evolved considerably in the past decade and affects increasing numbers of UK-based researchers, not only through the Research Excellence Framework but also through Plan S and charitable funder policies. Earlier this month, UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) – the UK’s principal government research funder – released its new policy on open access relating to publications arising from UKRI-funded research. In this editorial we explore and assess some of the policy’s implications. 

Bosman, de Jonge, Kramer, and Sondervan (2021) Advancing open access in the Netherlands after 2020: from quantity to quality | UKSG Insights

Bosman, Jeroen, Hans de Jonge, Bianca Kramer, and Jeroen Sondervan. 2021. “Advancing Open Access in the Netherlands After 2020: From Quantity to Quality”. Insights 34 (1): 16. DOI:

Abstract: The purpose of this article is to explore options to further open access in the Netherlands from 2021. Its premise is that there is a need to look at the qualitative aspects of open access, alongside quantitative ones. The article first takes stock of progress that has been made. Next, we suggest broadening the agenda by involving more types of actors and other scholarly formats (like books, chapters, proceedings, preprints and textbooks). At the same time we suggest deepening the open access agenda by including several open access dimensions: immediacy, diamond open access, open metadata, open peer review and open licences. To facilitate discussion, a framework is proposed that allows specifying these actions by the a) aspects of open access they address (what is made open access, how, when and where it is made open access, and copyright and rights retention), b) the actors that play a role (government, research institutions, funders) and c) the various levels at which these actions can be taken: state as goal, set as policy, legalize and promote, recognize and reward, finance, support with infrastructure. A template is provided to ease the use of the framework.

FREE UKSG webinar – Back to the Future: Lessons learned from the Jisc OA Textbook project | UKSG

“With eTextbooks high on library and publisher agendas and the controversy over costs and access raging, OA textbooks could be a solution. What are the considerations for initiating, and sustaining an open access textbook directly linked to teaching at one institution, but open to all? The 2014-2018 Jisc Institution as eTextbook Publisher project funded OA textbook pilots and created a toolkit. Liverpool published 2 titles, in a partnership with the Library and Liverpool University Press. In this webinar we will revisit the project and look forward, considering resource and expertise requirements for a sustainable OA textbook model….”

UKSG November Conference – From Transition to Transformation: providing scholarly content and services in tumultuous times | UKSG

“Join us for the 2020 UKSG November Conference – “From Transition to Transformation: providing scholarly content and services in tumultuous times”. This year’s event will take place online over two consecutive half days. Wednesday 11th November: 9am GMT to approx. 1pm and Thursday 12th November: 1.30pm GMT to 5pm….”