UKSG Conference 2013

Last week I attended the UKSG Conference in Bournemouth. It was my first time at a conference, and I very much enjoyed the experience, though it was a little overwhelming at first – the days were busy, and there were over 900 people milling about – a mixture of librarians and publishers.

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Balloon over the BIC

The presentations and slides are up on YouTube and Slideshare, so if you are interested, take a look.

Despite slightly shaky wifi access, there were a lot of tweets – and these have been archived at https://t.co/i5L9gQbVQc

Blog posts on the individual talks and breakouts are being put up on the UKSG blog.

The talks were all very relevant – the first plenary session was on Open Access, which is something I needed to learn more about – so great (though to be honest some of it went a little over my head, as a relative newbie to the topic). The breakout sessions were many and varied – and I’d had a hard time picking them when I booked. I attended ones generally which would give me more information outside of my immediate role (as I sometimes have no idea what my colleagues are up to).

It was pretty full on – there was very little down-time to reflect on things, we were kept busy with talks and breakouts and the exhibition, and extra talks, and the quiz and dinner, and I didn’t get much sleep. I admit to skipping my final breakout session in favour of going for a walk along the beach – I had reached saturation point by then – there was a lot of information to take in. But I returned for the final plenary talks feeling refreshed, and was then further woken up by Jason Scott’s talk.

Highlights for me were:

Things I have taken away from the conference?

  • Wouldn’t it be great if we could provide all students with an iPad, with their textbooks available to download and borrow?
  • We should be making sure we support the students’ workflows
  • Publishers and Librarians need to see past the stereotype views we have of each other, and communicate more
  • Archiving things is very important (and using DDT soaked wallpaper is bad)
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