February 13, 2014


Please note that this seminar has now taken place. A report will be posted shortly, and the presentations are available to NAG members, and non-members who attended the seminar.

Members can view the papers here after logging into the website, non-members who attended the seminar may email the NAG office at nag.office@nag.org.uk


The day explored a number of key themes including –

The future of collections though their management and development.
New methods to acquire resources
What does Open Access mean for academic libraries? Is it a new beginning or a nice ideal?
Using Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) to demonstrate value
The role of the supplier in supporting the future
Collaborative partnerships and their role in shaping future services

Our speakers were:

Ben Showers,  JISC -“Open Changes Everything: The Impact of Open Access on Libraries”.

Steve Sharp, University of Leeds – “Who ‘owns’ our Collections”.

Matthew Lawson,  Middlesex University – “One way or another: managing services for collaborative partners”.

Neil Campbell,  Askews and Holts Library Services Ltd. – “A purchase today that won’t cost you tomorrow”.

Jill Taylor-Roe,  Newcastle University – “Shifting the Paradigm: New models for journal subscriptions and their impact on collection development”.

Angela Conyers,  Birmingham City University – “Demonstrating value: using JUSP to analyse, compare and inform”.

Dave Puplett, Universities at Medway – “Bound together; how three Universities share one remarkable Library”


The seminar was suitable both for people who have attended any of the previous seminars in this series, and for new attendees. At a cost of £140 + VAT for NAG members and £190 + VAT for non-members, it proved very good value, as some of the delegates remarked.


  • There were some really interesting and thought-provoking presentations. Everyone was very friendly and it was so beneficial to be able to converse with other delegates about their own institutions and changes that are taking place.
  • It was a really useful and enjoyable day.  Thank you for organising some excellent speakers.
  • NAG remains excellent value with high quality speakers and relevant topics
  • As a new member of the “Collections Community” I found the day both interesting & informative. It didn’t leave me confused & behind like I expected it to and indeed left me wanting to go back & research more. Thank you so much!
  • A really interesting mix of content that’s given me lots of ideas to progress.
  • Really useful & thought-provoking day (good value for money)
  • Always enjoy this day as the presentations and subjects are always so relevant to us and therefore reassures us we’re heading in the right direction
  • Brilliant presentations on current hot topics and a very good programme as usual


If you have any questions about this seminar or any other NAG event, please contact the NAG office at nag.office@nag.org.uk, we’ll be delighted to help you.