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

16-17 March 2021, 13:00 – 17:00 GMT

Online


Programme | Speakers | Sponsors

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.

Visit our Access Lab 2020 resource hub

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

Speakers

Andy Anderson

Andy Anderson
Business analyst

Andy Anderson is the Business analyst at OpenAthens. Andy likes that there is a real sense of camaraderie and dynamism within OpenAthens. We pull together to get things done and embrace new and innovative ways of working.

Jon Bentley

Jon Bentley
Commercial director, OpenAthens

Jon has worked in publishing for 20 years with a variety of commercial and business publishers. His career has spanned the transformation from print to digital as companies have reacted and adapted to new technology. But his belief remains that the fundamental purpose of a publisher hasn’t changed. Accessibility to accurate, intelligent, insightful information has never been more important. Trust is paramount and Jon is delighted that OpenAthens participates in establishing that trust between the publishers, libraries and the end users.

Peter Berkery 

Peter Berkery 
Executive Director of the Association of University Presses

Peter Berkery has been Executive Director of the Association of University Presses since early 2013. Berkery comes to AUPresses from Oxford University Press, where he served for the previous five years as Vice President and Publisher for the US Law Division. Prior to that he worked for Wolters Kluwer for 11 years in a series of positions, publishing works on securities licensing examination training, securities law, taxation, and financial planning.

Andy Bourne

Andy Bourne
University of Salford

Andy has worked at the University of Salford since 1993, in various IT and Library roles. He currently works as a systems librarian, working mainly with Ex Libris products, but also with OpenAthens. In a previous role in IT, he worked for some years with user management systems.

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.

Samantha Heeson

Samantha Heeson
Electronic and data services librarian, Leeds Beckett University

Samantha leads on data analysis and management in Libraries and Learning Innovation at Leeds Beckett University.  She provides senior managers, library decision makers and academic support colleagues with evidence and insight about resource usage, user engagement and library impact, so that students, lecturers and researchers have appropriate, impactful and cost-effective learning materials, all within the confines of limited budget.  Samantha previously worked in the university’s Registry, Strategic Planning and Student Centred Change Management teams, as well as IT project management in the private sector.  She enjoys finding new and enhancing existing solutions.

Sam Herbert

Sam Herbert
Co-founder of 67 Bricks

Sam Herbert is co-founder of 67 Bricks.  Sam has taken a lead in exploring how technologies like AI, machine learning and natural language processing can deliver value in the information industry by increasing the worth of data, strengthening user engagement and delivering new sources of revenue.  He has a unique ability to understand clients’ needs and unravel the latest technologies that will help them deliver exceptional user experiences.

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.

Sam Neate

Sam Neate
Implementation Specialist

Sam joined OpenAthens at the start of 2020, working as part of the onboarding team to assist customers in configuring our software in order to maximise benefit for the organisation and their users.
Professor Timothy Renick

Professor Timothy Renick
Executive director, National Institute for Student Success and Professor of Religious Studies, Georgia State University

Timothy Renick is the founding Executive Director of the National Institute for Student Success and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. At Georgia State, he has served as Chair of the Department of Religious StudiesDirector of the Honors Program and Senior Vice President.

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.

Naomi L.A Smith

Naomi L.A Smith
Assistant Librarian at University of East London

Naomi L.A Smith is an Assistant Librarian at University of East London and a part-time Library and Information Studies postgraduate student at University College London. In 2014 she completed a Masters in Race and Resistance at University of Leeds, and hopes to use this knowledge within the Library Sector.

Chris Thomson

Chris Thomson
Subject Specialist - digital practice

Chris has worked in the field of technology-enhanced learning for 15 years and manages a team of subject specialists who support Jisc’s member organisations with issues of digital practice. He specialises in communication and collaboration and has a particular interest in the interplay between narratives and data.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams
Identity Verification Services Manager

Mark has been with Jisc 2003, working on access management for the last fourteen years. A background in FE provides a constant reminder of what can be done with technology and what should actually be done with technology.

Scott Williams

Scott Williams

Scott has been working in digital and technology since 1997. From Scoot, Financial Times, Google, AOL, Azimo and Habito (to name a few). Scott has worked across marketing, commercial, customer experience, technology and product design. An expert in customer facing scenarios, combining business and strong technical acumen to understand customer tensions and needs developing customer focused products. In recent years, developing native cloud experiences and functions for two businesses that have landed them in the FinTech Top 50 plus recently working with 67 Bricks on developing a whole new business architecture and delivery platform. 

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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!”