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Access Lab 2021 call for speakers

Jane CharltonBy Jane Charlton
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Wednesday 30th September 2020

We’re delighted to announce details of our Access Lab conference due to take place virtually 16 and 17 March 2021.

Access Lab is a global online event where libraries, publishers and users discuss challenges and solutions facing the information industry.

International participation

This year’s conference in March was held online for the first time because of the global pandemic. We converted from an in-person event to fully online at the start of lockdown. Changing to a virtual event attracted a larger audience from many parts of the world.

One participant said:

“You were a leader in putting the conference online at an early stage, and making it happen!”

Hailed as a major success with over 250 participants from 19 countries, we decided to also hold our our 2021 event in virtual format to enable more participation internationally.

Theme and topics for 2021

Our 2021 conference theme is ‘Thriving in the (un)usual. Creativity. Agility. Pace’. Planning for disruption and change, doing more with less, data-driven decisions and crossing the digital divide through collaboration are just a few of the topics that will be discussed and debated by speakers and delegates at the 2021 event.

We invite speaker submissions for the 2021 conference by Friday 9 October 2020.

Our two-day conference will have a jam-packed programme. Many international publishers and library professionals can participate in a variety of sessions to share knowledge and expertise. Sessions will range from keynotes, plenaries and panel debate to case studies from around the world.

Jon Bentley, commercial director said:

“This year has presented many challenges to our industry. Although it has been a turbulent time, OpenAthens has continued to develop and support remote access solutions for its world-wide customer base during the pandemic. We also collaborated with innovative businesses such as QXMD and ClinOwl to increase access to healthcare research content.”

“The theme of this year’s conference reflects how we as an industry are responding to the challenging times we’re in and how we are evolving and planning for the future.”

“Our annual conference is a key date in the knowledge sector’s diary. We’re always honoured by the stellar guests who attend and participate.”

“We’re looking forward to reviewing speaker submissions covering a wide range of topics. Once again, we expect Access Lab to be an important opportunity for industry professionals to make connections, discuss ideas and be inspired for the future.”

Access Lab 2021 is relevant for anyone with an interest in identity and access management and the information sector.

Visit Access Lab 2021 to find out more and to submit a session proposal by 9 October 2020.


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