OpenAthens announces Access Lab 2020 conference

Identity and access management specialist OpenAthens has announced the details of its annual Access Lab conference which will take place on Thursday 19 March 2020 at America Square Conference Centre, London.

With the theme of ‘simplifying the future together’, the conference will bring together experts from a wide range of sectors including education and research, healthcare, government, charity, publishing and commercial.

Heading up the UK’s library and information association, CILIP CEO Nick Poole is confirmed as the opening keynote speaker. Nick will present on the topic of the future of libraries.

A call for proposals has recently been launched for those interested in speaking at the Access Lab, with a submission deadline of 30 September 2019.

Simple journeys to content and improving the user experience, openness and integration, connecting libraries and publishers, and the future of the library and technology as an enabler are just a few of the topics that will be discussed and debated by speakers and attendees at the 2020 event.

The one-day conference will have a jam-packed programme and will see many international publishers and library professionals in attendance to share knowledge and get involved in a variety of sessions.

As well as an inspiring opening plenary, attendees will be treated to an animated panel debate, which has been a highlight of the conference in previous years. Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear a number of case studies from OpenAthens’ customers and partners, and to participate in workshops and roundtable discussions.

OpenAthens commercial director Jon Bentley said: “We’ve had an exciting year, particularly with the launch of our new user-centred brand which has had a fantastic reception. For that reason, we’re all the more thrilled to be announcing our Access Lab 2020 conference and opening the call for speakers.

“Our annual conference is a key date in the industry diary and we’re always honoured by the stellar guests who attend and participate. Next year’s keynote speaker – CILIP CEO Nick Poole – will be no exception!

“Open access, improving the user experience and the future of the library are all pressing topics and the Access Lab will be an important opportunity for industry professionals to make connections, discuss ideas and be inspired.”

The OpenAthens 2020 Access Lab conference is relevant for anyone with an interest in identity and access management. To find out more and to submit a session proposal, please visit the Access Lab 2020 website.