UKSG holds a major annual conference and this year the event in Bournemouth, England (8th – 10th April) attracted a record number of (over 900) delegates. Alongside the conference is an exhibition which each year is fully booked within a short time after booking opens. There were over 80 exhibitors including all the major publishers.
The conference programme was a very full one comprising 5 Plenary Sessions, 3 sessions of Lightning Talks and 30 Breakout sessions. The latter were divided into three groups and each session was offered on two occasions.
One of the Breakout sessions was entitled E-journals and long-term availability: an overview and panel discussion on the archiving infrastructure to meet the needs of users. Over the two sessions this event attracted well over 60 delegates.
Fred Guy provided an overview of e-journal preservation mentioning the roles played by the archiving organisations (the keepers) and the Keepers Registry followed by Adam Rusbridge who briefly described the UK LOCKSS Alliance.
These presentations were then followed by a panel session comprising David Prosser (Research Libraries UK – RLUK), Lorraine Estelle (Jisc), Joanne Farrant (Cambridge University), Bill Barker (London School of Economics). The panel addressed two questions. They were:
o How has the introduction of e-journal preservation services helped libraries withdraw print collections and focus on e-journals?
o How can institutions, community bodies and service providers best work together to ensure sustainable, long-term initiatives?
The content of the panel session will comprise the subject of a future blog posting.
UPDATED 16th April 2013: A blog posting by one of the delegates at the breakout session has now been made available.