Wednesday 05 October 2016

Expanding Public Access to Academic Content: An update from the Access to Research initiative

Date and Time

 Wednesday 5 October 2016, online at 11:00 - 12:00 BST (London) / 12:00-13:00 CEST (Europe)*

*Please note: if you are unable to join the webinar at this time, you may register and receive a recording to view later.


The Access to Research initiative gives public library users across the UK free access to over 15 million academic articles. In January 2016, following a successful two year pilot endorsed by an independent report, it was given the green light by publishers and librarians to continue. But how did the project come about, what are the implications for existing business models, and why is it important for publishers and local authorities to continue to get involve to further expand public access to academic content?

Our panel, including a publisher, librarian and implementation representative from the pilot project, will explain how publishers can provide access and how they will benefit.

The speakers will cover:

  • Background to Access to Research: what it is and how it works
  • The current picture: usage, titles, regions
  • Publisher and librarian collaboration – what we learnt
  • Access to Research – the librarian perspective
  • Access to Research – the publisher perspective
  • Summary of the independent report into the service
  • Looking ahead to the future

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 Sarah FaulderChair: Sarah Faulder, Chief Executive, Publishers Licensing Society
Sarah Faulder was appointed Chief Executive of PLS in October 2010. In her early career Sarah was a partner for ten years at city law firm, Taylor Joynson Garrett (now Taylor Wessing), specialising in copyright. She then worked in the music industry for over 13 years; first as Chief Executive of the Music Publishers Association before becoming Chargée de Mission at BIEM and CISAC, the Paris based international umbrella organizations for collecting societies, and latterly Public Affairs Director for PRS for Music. Sarah has represented her constituents throughout her career in both Brussels and Westminster, has served on several industry boards and has written and spoken extensively on legal and industry issues. Sarah is a practising mediator.

Matthew DayMatt Day, Head of Open and Data Publishing at Cambridge University Press
Matt has been working in academic publishing for about 20 years, in both books and journals. He’s now leading a major initiative to expand CUP’s Open Access publishing, and is generally strengthening the Press’s practices and policies around content that’s free to end-users.


Jonathan GriffinJonathan Griffin, Head of Digital Services, Publishers Licensing Society
Jonathan is primarily responsible for leading the digital development of PLSclear and Access to Research services at PLS. Before joining PLS in 2013, he worked as a publisher for 20 years at Thomson Reuters, Pearson and most recently the British Standards Institution. He has an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.


Ciara EstellCiara Eastell, Chief Executive, Libraries Unlimited, Past President, Society of Chief Librarians
Ciara has 20 years’ experience as a Chartered Librarian and is the former Head of Libraries, Culture and Heritage for Devon County Council. She has previously managed libraries in Gateshead, Cambridgeshire and Somerset as Principal Assistant County Librarian. Ciara is passionate about the potential of public libraries, the value of reading and the power of information to transform lives.  She was the first Library Fellow to participate in the Clore Leadership Fellowship and is the Past President of the Society of Chief Librarians.


Who should attend?

Those with responsibility for publishing strategy, open access, content distribution, rights and licensing including managers and directors in operations, global rights, legal affairs and publishing departments.

Registration fees and booking

This webinar is FREE to attend.
To register, follow online booking instructions and select invoice option.

Further information

Contact Suzanne Kavanagh:
Tel: +44 (0) 1622 831131

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