Call for Papers: #NAGcd11

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Disruption and Innovation are the New Normal:
The Library’s changing role in content provision

In the last five years, the landscape of taught content provision in UK institutions has meandered, transformed, shifted, and cracked. Library staff have managed these changes, negotiated with publishers, analysed the wealth of data from an array of supplier platforms, liaised with academic departments and financial officers, absorbed new models of content delivery, led on headline projects and initiatives, and published research on the Library’s central role in meeting institutional pedagogical objectives. However, the picture is still very far from settled; it is unclear if it ever will be again, as disruption and innovation become the new normal.

NAG invites papers from those that can share knowledge, best practice, experiences and opinions around the Libraries changing role in content provision. We welcome contributions on issues such as:

How Libraries are improving their understanding of student and staff needs, and managing expectations

  • Managing budgets to maximise value for money
  • Addressing student expectations of taught content provision
  • The balance between acquire content to facilitate research and content for teaching
  • Outcomes from different E-Textbook delivery models and the projects built around these

How Libraries are increasing content provision and availability and making key decisions

  • Teaching content derived solely from non-DRM sources and its impact on academic freedom
  • Reliance on textbooks and monographs that the Library can never provide enough of
  • Electronic content as a default: format preferences versus volume requirement
  • Second extracts or non-subscription articles for teaching purposes

Teaching content moving towards leased or subscription models, as opposed to traditional outright purchases 

  • Sustainable E-Textbook programmes
  • Realism in pricing and licensing demands
  • 1:1 E- Textbooks models and surrounding issues
  • Self publishing OA textbooks for the benefits of the sector

Please note:

  • Call for papers closes: Sunday 4th August
  • Notification of acceptance: by Tuesday 13th August

    We require a 300-500 word abstract, which should be submitted to National Acquisitions Group on

Paper slots are 30 minutes including questions however if you have an idea for a longer, workshop style session please get in touch.

Speakers receive a full free Seminar place plus travel expenses.

Commercial sponsorship opportunities are available