UKSG recently marked its 40th annual conference with a packed speaker list and celebrations in glorious Harrogate with fireworks, jazz and a three course dinner.
UKSG is an organisation the exists to “connect the knowledge community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication”. They claim to be “the only organisation spanning the wide range of interests and activities across the scholarly information community of librarians, publishers, intermediaries and technology vendors.”
For Ingenta and PCG, this was a great opportunity to talk directly to publishers and librarians about their changing world.
The landscape has changed dramatically for academic publishers since Open Access became more mainstream. Publishers are looking for direction and clarity as to the future of revenue growth and which business models to pursue. This lack of direction was something we explored at the London Book Fair during a panel discussion “Revenue and business models of the future” and it was stimulating to hear basic preconceptions challenged. Mark Johnson (PLOS) was keen to emphasise that Open Access is an editorial decision, and not a business model.
Similarly, librarians are living in changing times as researchers use libraries less as content resources, relying instead on Google and peer recommendation which is driving traffic to gateways like Ingenta Connect. Content is available from anywhere, at any time, on any device, and so the role of a librarian is much more about service provision. There is more emphasis on understanding the needs of researchers and students and connecting them with the appropriate resources and communicating to those in the scholarly ecosystem the issues surrounding new resources.
We’re heading over to the SSP annual conference next month where we’ll be exploring these ideas further during three separate panel sessions. We’ll be posting more details on the Ingenta Blog over the coming weeks, so stay tuned. If you’re interested in meeting us there, email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. We’ll be on stands #213A and #211B.