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Reportrd by Andrew Nagy, a product manager at Serials Solutions.
Over 850 librarians, publishers and technology vendors gathered at the largest ever UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland.
I particularly enjoyed Stephen Abram’s thought-provoking session about change. He started by reminding us how much change has already happened in the world and libraries—in technology, in services, in funding—and challenged us to embrace the change, because it’s going to happen whether or not we participate. He captured my attention with the statement, “The book isn’t dead or dying. Reading is evolving.” See the video of his presentation.
Appropriately, since the conference also marked the 10th anniversary of COUNTER, usage data and analyzing statistics was a popular topic. It’s amazing to think about how far the industry has come in ten years and the impact standardized statistics are having in libraries. I found the analytics sessions of particular interest because in October 2011 I authored an edition of the Library Technology Reports on analyzing the Next Generation Catalog and have since been thinking about how libraries can better leverage usage data—to better make decisions about their service offerings, how they design their web site and how they engage their users. In his session calling for a data-driven library infrastructure, Ben Showers of JISC urged libraries to think about, use and share their data in new and different ways. I’m sure you’ll want to hear him explain his thoughts about how library data should be promiscuous (see the video/slides). Demonstrating value is an incredibly hot topic in libraries and session, including the one by Grace Baynes from Nature Publishing Group breakout session on Use and Abuse of Analytics in the Quest to Measure Value, focused on new initiatives and concepts to measure value of resources and library services in order to help shape the future of technology services in libraries.
At our first ever UKSG reception, Jane Burke shared with attendees one of the ways we’re innovating for the future through the development of our new web-scale management service, Intota™. We recognize change is afoot and are partnering with libraries to embrace the change and imagine a better way of working together.
My time in Glasgow ended with facilitating our second annual SummonCamp at UKSG. It was invigorating to witness the lively interaction amongst the librarians from six countries that came together to discuss topics of interest including studying user behaviors, authentication of subscription content and understanding content coverage.
I look forward to meeting new faces and seeing the usual suspects at next year’s UKSG Conference in Bournemouth, England. If you weren’t able to join us in Glasgow, video recordings and slide presentations from this year’s UKSG conference are available.