Access Lab 2022 - call for proposals

Enabling the future – managing resources post pandemic in a climate change emergency.

Tuesday 22 March 2022, 13:00 - 17:00 GMT


Conference attendee Access Lab 2022


Access Lab is the place where you can discuss challenges and solutions around end user discovery and access to digital content and services. Our 2022 event will be online. Watch this space for more details later in the year!

Not sure what to expect? Visit our 2021 Access Lab resource hub to access blogs and recorded sessions.

“Case studies and personal experiences/observations from presenters were very helpful. We are in the process of purchasing and implementing OpenAthens... hearing first hand experiences of how implementation went for other institutions and organizations was very helpful to me.”

Access Lab 2021 attendee

Call for proposals

Your proposal can cover one of these suggested topics:

  • Enabling the future – managing resources post pandemic in a climate change emergency​ ​
  • Library digital strategy, plans and budgets
  • User experience
  • Data and infrastructure

Need some inspiration? Take a look at this year’s resource hub.

There’s a range of session types to choose from:

All of these sessions will be available to run online and you will be asked to select this option when you submit your proposal.

  • Keynote/ plenary: 20 minute presentation and 5 minute Q&A
  • Panel debate / round table:  45 minute Q&A debate
  • Case studies: 15 minute presentation and 5 minute Q&A

Conference sessions are intended for librarians and publishers to discuss topics and issues of interest. We regret we will not accept any proposals that are clearly marketing or sales related.

Submit your proposal

Please submit your proposal using the form below by 3 December 2021 and we will be in touch if you are successful.

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Best publisher user experience award 2022

Our award for best publisher user experience puts the spotlight on those publishers that strive to put their users at the heart of their service design with the simple aim of giving users easy access to their content.

The award builds on our ongoing commitment to drive forward innovation in the information industry and to make access to knowledge as easy as possible for end users.

The winner will be announced at Access Lab 2022.

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