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Thriving in the (un)usual. Creativity. Agility. Pace

16-17 March 2021, 13:00 – 17:00 GMT

Online


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Access Lab is the place where libraries, publishers and library users can discuss challenges and solutions around discovery and access to digital content and services.  

Participating online 

This year’s pandemic meant that we needed to move Access Lab online, attracting a larger audience from many parts of the world. We’ve made the decision to keep Access Lab online in 2021 to enable more participation internationally and to avoid any of the challenges Covid-19 continues to throw our way.

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Previous conference participants said how much they enjoyed the range of content and sessions and the valuable connections they made through networking. 

“I think OpenAthens conference is a really unique event where librarians, like me, get to meet with publishers etc. in a non-sales first environment. Really enjoyed, thanks for organising.” 

Programme (subject to change)

Day 1: Tuesday 16 March 2021

Day 2: Wednesday 17 March 2021

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Session recordings will be available to ticket holders only for the first 3 months to 30 June 2021. After that, all recorded content will be made publicly available.

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David Bukenya

David Bukenya
Deputy university librarian and head of library systems and electronic services

David Bukenya is deputy university librarian and head of library systems and electronic services at Uganda Christian University library. He manages the library systems, institutional digital repository, library management system, electronic information services, and research and digital scholarly services. David teaches digital literacy, is a library technology enthusiast and keen on using the available technology to facilitate and enable access to essential research information and resources.

Lettie Conrad

Lettie Conrad
Publishing & Product R&D Consultant

Lettie brings 20 years’ experience in scholarly publishing to her diverse portfolio of product research and development projects. She is dedicated to helping information organizations cultivate a user-centered, standards-compliant approach to digital publishing and academic programs. Her expertise lies in optimizing user engagement, discoverability and accessibility of content platforms.

Matthew Hayes

Matthew Hayes
Managing Director

Matthew is Managing Director of Lean Library, the library services provider owned by SAGE Publishing, and has held leadership roles in both start-ups and established research information organizations, including Publons, Taylor & Francis and Springer Nature. Matthew studied Modern History at the University of Oxford and has continued his research interests alongside his career: he is currently completing a PhD in Global Education at the Institute of Education, UCL.

Darren Hutton

Darren Hutton
Product owner, NHS login

Darren is Product Owner within the NHS login team. His focus is on using technology to build an identity service that meets user needs, while also adopting a standards-based approach to meet the needs of consuming services. Darren has over twenty years’ experience delivering technology services. This knowledge is key to ensuring that the services and products are of the highest standard.

 

Faye Mazzia

Faye Mazzia
Electronic & Technical Services Librarian

Faye Mazzia is the Electronic & Technical Services Librarian at Touro University Nevada, a small private medical school.

Jas Sahota

Jas Sahota
Product manager

As product manager, Jas helps drive our product vision and incorporates user needs into our product strategy and development roadmap. An important role to ensure OpenAthens remains fit to face the challenges of today and tomorrow.  Jas previously worked in product and standards development roles for the British Standards Institute.

Liz Sayce OBE

Liz Sayce OBE
Visiting Senior Fellow at London School of Economics and former CEO of Disability Rights UK

Liz Sayce OBE will lead our panel debate as panel chair. Liz is a visiting senior fellow at the London School of Economics and was chief executive of Disability Rights UK. She is chair of the Commission for Equality in Mental Health, vice-chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee and a member of the Disability Advisory Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Emily Singley

Emily Singley
Associate University Librarian, Systems & Technical Infrastructure

Emily Singley is Head of Library Systems at Boston College, and has previously held technology positions at Harvard University, Southern New Hampshire University, Curry College, and the University of Minnesota. She serves on the SeamlessAccess Outreach Committee, and her primary research interest is in how users access Library resources.

Jake Smallridge

Jake Smallridge
Product Manager

Jake joined OpenAthens in 2019 and since then has led on several important initiatives including the MyAthens re-development and Seamless Access integration.

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith
Academic Librarian for Medicine, Health, Social Work, and Sociology at the University of East Anglia

Matthew is Academic Librarian for Medicine, Health, Social Work, and Sociology at the University of East Anglia. The online information literacy guides he provides via the local VLE are accessed 30,000+ times a year by students in his areas but he is always looking for new ways to provide support at the point of need.

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Would you like to be an Access Lab 2021 sponsor? Download our sponsorship pack for information and to book. If you have any questions about sponsorship, please email contact@openathens.netClinOwl logo

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Access Lab has consistently achieved a very high satisfaction rating over the last few years. Our conference audience were particularly pleased with this year’s online delivery. 

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