SCONUL Content Forum

Start & End Date : 
Tuesday, March 29, 2022


14.00 - 16.30

SCONUL will be holding a meeting of its Content Forum on Tuesday 29 March from 14.00 – 16.30 via zoom on the theme of the power of collaboration.  


It will provide an opportunity for heads of service and those leading on content to consider how the sector can build on its effective collaboration around the Elsevier negotiations and maximise the power of working together as a sector.


The meeting is open to SCONUL member libraries’ heads of service and their senior leadership teams only – please do bear in mind the sensitive nature of the discussion. If you would like to attend please  email the SCONUL office


14.00 Welcome
Libby Homer, Chair of the SCONUL Content Strategy Group
  • Welcome
  • Housekeeping arrangements
  • Purpose of the Content Forum
14.05       The power of collaboration
Libby Homer, Chair of the SCONUL Content Strategy Group
  • Aims for today’s meeting
  • Exploring the scope for building on sector’s effective collaboration in the run-up to the Elsevier negotiations – how might these lessons be applied elsewhere
  • Importance of coordination and power of speaking with a single voice in negotiations
  • Maintaining sector cohesion and using our buying power to maximum effect
  • Scope for sharing our data to deliver value for our institutions and to enable the development of a national collection.
14.15 Plenary session: The Elsevier negotiations: outcomes and learning
Led by Caren Milloy, Director of Licensing, Jisc and Chris Banks, Director of Library Services and Assistant Provost (Space), Imperial College London

Caren will review the recent Elsevier negotiations including:

  • the activities and approaches which were helpful in delivering a successful outcome
  • how this learning might be applied to future negotiations (journal and other)
  • the developing shape of the journal market under the new UKRI OA policy (e.g. transitional agreements, journals).


14.45 Breakout groups
  1. Priorities for future journal negotiations: led by Caren Milloy
  2. Member priorities on ebook and etextbooks: led by Libby Homer
  3. Future of rights retention under UKRI OA policy and post-Elsevier: led by Chris Banks
15.05 Feedback
Libby Homer

15.10 Break
15.25 Plenary: Planning through uncertainty: sector priorities
Led by Jane Harvell, University Librarian and Director of Library Services

Plenary discussion on institutional priorities and budget alignments, including the impact of the UKRI OA policy and the VAT issue. We will start with short presentations from:

  • Andrea Marshall, Tax Specialist, BUFDG on VAT and publications
  • Caren Milloy, Jisc on transformative agreements and journals
15.55 Comfort break
16.00 Collaborative collections
Led by Liz Jolly, Chief Librarian, the British Library

This session will explore the capacity and appetite for greater collaboration over collections. We will start with short presentations from:

  • Dr Jessica Gardner, University Librarian, University of Cambridge: vision for a national collection
  • Jenny McNally, WHELF (LMS) Business Manager: sharing data for a shared collection
  • Andrew Barker, Director of Library Services & Learning Development at Lancaster University: the work of the N8.
16.25 Conclusions and decisions
Led by Libby Homer

16.30 Close