Access Lab 2023 program announced!

OpenAthens launch their annual conference program. Speakers will discuss global challenges and opportunities in access to resources.

We are excited to launch our program for Access Lab 2023. Access Lab is taking place from 20-23 March, online. With free sessions running at all hours of the day, we 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 we encourage you to register for the conference so you can catch up later!

Our 2023 event program
Access Lab provides a space to explore, discuss and learn from your peers. We have an online program packed full of case studies, best practice and discussions to get you thinking about improvements you could take away.

Our 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

Our 2023 keynote speaker Emily Singley from Elsevier will join us to 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 12:50pm EDT/16:50pm GMT. Jane says:

“We recognize that user experience is important to librarians and this topic features strongly in our program sessions. We’ll also announce the winner of our 2023 ‘Best publisher UX award’ which aims to reward publishers for placing users first and center in their service design.”

User experience is a key theme throughout this year’s program. Our 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 program can be found on our website.

Who can attend?

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

How to register
It is free to register for Access Lab 2023. You can register now on our 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;