Despite the distinct lack of summer weather so far this year, the ‘seaside spirit’ was not dampened at The United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG) Conference that took place in Bournemouth last week– after all as many of our colleagues here in the UK will know, all trips to the seaside are usually plagued by rain!
Every year, SAGE are delighted to be involved in supporting academic librarians at conferences such as UKSG, as they provide a vital arena to facilitate discussion and debate between the information community, including publishers and librarians – something that we see as a key part of our mission in supporting our library partners. This year’s UKSG was no exception, and we were delighted to see the winners of our joint travel grant sponsorship attending the conference to be a part of these debates.
Judging from the Twitter feed #UKSGlive the event was another interesting and engaging conference with topics ranging from the evolution of OA, to identity and evaluation in research and from the new learning habits of digital students to debates around library technology. For those of you, however, who were unable to make it this year and can’t wait to read the official reports, we will be posting up summaries of the sessions over the course of next week, so keep a look on SAGE Connection. In the interim, however, the very active twitter stream from the conference can be found here, and the many posts and blogs can be found here. Full videos of each of the sessions can also be found here.
Here at SAGE we highly value the voice of our librarian partners and are committed to engaging with the librarian community to facilitate these open discussion around the current issues affecting the community as a whole – the growth of Open Access, the continued changes offered with digital publishing, issues of discoverability, demonstrating the value of academic libraries. SAGE continues to be an active member of this community, and we are attending several librarian conferences as well as conducting a range of initiatives to support and better understand the issues affecting the community as a whole. Keep your eyes on SAGE Connection as we provide summaries of these in due course!