Access Lab 2023 programme announced

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OpenAthens are excited to launch their programme for Access Lab 2023. Access Lab is taking place from 20-23 March, online. With free sessions running at all hours of the day, they guarantee there will be something that works for you. And if you can’t make it, the sessions will be available to view afterwards so register for the conference so you can catch up later!

The 2023 event programme

Access Lab provides a space to explore, discuss and learn from your peers. We have an online programme packed full of case studies, best practice and discussions to get you thinking about improvements you could take away.

The conference brings together delegates and speakers from across the globe to look at challenges facing the sector in different regions. Topics include user experience, customer case studies on moving to federated single sign-on and systems integration, the impact of cookie privacy changes, and data trends. This year's speakers include:

  • Emily Singley, VP North American library relations, Elsevier
  • Balakrishna Rao, director digital & IT, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
  • David Leffler, discovery and access librarian, Liberty University
  • Chandler Christoffel, user experience librarian, University of Georgia
  • Emma Wilson-Shaw, e-resources manager, OpenAthens
  • Lim Peir Jiunn, senior technical specialist, OpenAthens

The 2023 keynote speaker Emily Singley from Elsevier will discuss how librarian partnerships drive innovation, improve user experience, and ensure equitable and secure access for everyone.

Commenting on the event programme, Emily said: "It’s great to see a diverse group of speakers from across the world. I’m excited to join the conference to learn about the challenges our peers are facing and to be part of the OpenAthens global community".

An exciting feature of the event is the Best Publisher UX Awards. Now in its fourth year, Jane Charlton, international marketing manager at OpenAthens, will announce the winner of this year’s award on Monday 20 March at 12:50 pm EDT/16:50 pm GMT. Jane says: "We recognise that user experience is important to librarians and this topic features strongly in our programme sessions. We'll also announce the winner of our 2023 'Best publisher UX award', which aims to reward publishers for placing users first and centre in their service design."

User experience is a key theme throughout this year's programme. E-resources manager, Emma Wilson-Shaw, will chair a panel debate discussing ‘Why consistent user experience is essential for global research (and how to achieve it)’. Delegates will be able to ask questions to the live panel.

More information about Access Lab 2023 including the full programme can be found on the Access Lab website.

Who can attend?

Whether you are a publisher, provider, library or IT professional, the event allows you to join this global community to share knowledge, challenges and updates from across the industry. OpenAthens will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have and how they can help you to make things simpler.

How to register

It is free to register for Access Lab 2023. You can register now on the website. Sessions will be recorded and made available to registered attendees after the event. If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact Laura Bloomfield Hall, senior events manager;