Professor Stephen Pinfield

MA (Cambridge), MA (London), PhD (Nottingham), PGCert (Sheffield), MCLIP, FHEA

Information School

Professor of Information Services Management

Professor Stephen Pinfield
s.pinfield@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 2649

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Professor Stephen Pinfield
Information School
Regent Court (IS)
211 Portobello
Sheffield
S1 4DP
Profile

I joined the School in 2012, having previously worked as a senior information practitioner in the UK Higher Education sector. Latterly, I was Chief Information Officer at the University of Nottingham with responsibility for a large converged IT and library service supporting Nottingham’s campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia. I have experience of leading a wide range of research-and-development projects and participating in national policy initiatives, and bring this experience to bear on my research and teaching. My main research and teaching interests focus on scholarly communication, research data management, open access and open science, digital scholarship, digital information resources management, and managing information and technology services in organisations.

University Responsibilities

  • Associate Director of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI)
  • Programme Coordinator for MA Librarianship.
  • Module Coordinator:
    • Management for Library and Information Services (INF6005)
    • Academic and Workplace Library, Information and Knowledge Services (INF6200 and INF6502)
    • Leadership, Strategy and Change (INF6513)
  • Member of the Information School Strategy Group.
  • Member of the University Information Management Group.
  • Member of the University Open Access and Research Data Management Implementation Group.
  • Member of the Digital Societies Research Group.
Research interests

My research interests focus on scholarly communication, research data management, open access and open science, digital scholarship, digital information resources management, and managing information and technology services in organisations. Recently, this has included work on open-access publishing and dissemination, research data management maturity, and digital repository development. I work at the intersection between technology deployment, organisational policy development, and cultural practices, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Much of this has to date concentrated on applied areas, stemming from my professional background as an information services manager before moving into an academic role. I have, however, combined this with working with a number of theoretical models in order to understand patterns of uptake of innovative approaches to scholarship and communication.

I am a member of the Digital Societies Research Group and the Libraries and Information Society Research Group.

Publications

Books

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Pinfield S (2007) Libraries and open access: the implications of open-access publishing and dissemination for libraries in higher education institutions In Earnshaw RA & Vince JA (Ed.), Digital convergence – libraries of the future (pp. 119-134). New York: Springer. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pinfield S (2005) Self archiving publications In Gorman GE & Rowland F (Ed.), Scholarly publishing in an electronic era (pp. 118-145). London: Facet Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pinfield S (2004) eLib in retrospect: a national strategy for digital library development in the 1990s In Andrews J & Law D (Ed.), Digital libraries: policy, planning and practice (pp. 19-34). Aldershot: Ashgate. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pinfield S (2002) The relationship between national and institutional electronic library developments in the UK: an overview In Ershova TV & Hohlov YE (Ed.), Libraries in the information society (pp. 134-148). Munich: KG Saur. RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Reports

Posters

  • Wakeling S, Pinfield S, David B & Lyn R (2019) The use of theory in research relating to open access: Practitioner perspectives. Association for Information Science and Technology conference. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ebenezer CM, Bath PA & Pinfield S (2015) “Access denied”? Managing access to the World Wide Web within the National Health Service (NHS) in England: technology, risk, culture, policy and practice. ISHIMR, York, UK. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Datasets

Research group

Current PhD students

  • Penny CS Andrews: Gatekeepers, values and flows in research sharing infrastructures
  • Xiaoli Chen: High-energy physics and open science: Supporting the engagement of high-energy physicists in open science practices through research digital libraries
  • Cui Cui: Towards a framework for constructing an open digital library of web archives - Creating a small scale, topic-based digital library of web archives of Chinese studies
  • Victoria Edwards: What are the key influences in the quality control of bibliographic metadata for e-books in UK academic libraries?
  • Rosie Higman: Open access and the role of the national library.
  • Catherine Robinson: Subject v. functional: a mixed methods study into the effectiveness of university library structures.
  • Emily Nunn: Open access and the non-academic reader: Investigating the potential impact outside the academic community of open access to medical and education research.

Completed PhD students

  • Wafaa Al-Motawah: The role of Kuwait University Libraries in supporting graduate students research.
  • Meichengzi Du: Formulating a framework to support smart city change management.
  • Catherine Ebenezer: Access to e-resources within the English NHS: The role and impact of organisational cultures, information governance, and IT strategy.
  • Halima Egberongbe: Quality Management Approaches in Academic Libraries: A Case Study of South-western Nigeria.
  • Preeyanuch Voravickositt: Understanding the relationship between users' reading attitudes, behaviours and e-books collection management in Thai academic libraries.
Grants

Research Projects

Research on Research Institute (RoRI)

Wellcome Trust and Digital Science Investigator £324,393 1 September 2019 2 years

A major international initiative, led by the Wellcome Trust, Digital Science and the Universities of Sheffield and Leiden, who have joined forces an international consortium of funders, academics and technologists to carry out ‘research on research’ or ‘meta-research’. The work RoRI focuses on how research is funded, practised and evaluated, and in how research cultures and systems can be made more efficient, open, inclusive and impactful.

Open Access and the Role of the National Library (PhD studentship award)

Arts and Humanities Research Council Supervisor £70,717 1 October 2018 3 years

This collaborative doctoral award was made for a joint project to be carried out with the British Libray. It is carrying out mixed-methods research in the current and potential futures roles of national libraries in the development of open access publishing and dissemination research outputs.

Open Access in Theory and Practice

Arts and Humanities Research Council Principal Investigator £161,997 1 January 2018 18 months

Open access in theory and practice investigated the ways in which theory and practice have interacted in the development of open-access approaches to publishing and dissemination of research outputs, and considered what this reveals about the nature of the open-access phenomenon and the relationship between theory and practice. The project was a collaboration with City, University of London.

Monitoring the transition to Open Access in the UK 2

Universities UK Investigator £10,100 1 April 2017 8 months

Monitoring the transition to open access in the UK was a project sponsored by Universities UK analysing the various strands of evidence of the take-up of open-access publishing and dissemination by UK researchers, updating and enlarging upon a study undertaken in 2015. The project investigated the availability of different open-access options, evidence of their take-up, usage of open-access materials, and the financial sustainability of open-access approaches. Partners in the project were Jubb Consulting, University of Sheffield, Research Consulting and Elsevier.

SCONUL Transformation Group: Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries

The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Principal Investigator £9,600 1 April 2017 6 months

A study of the future academic library for the next 10 to 15 years, in the context of the decline in importance of the printed book and its repercussions for use of library space, development of services, and deployment of staff.​

Open-Access Mega Journals and the Future of Scholarly Communication

Arts and Humanities Research Council Principal Investigator £421,465 2 November 2015 26 months

Open-access 'mega-journals' are an emerging publishing trend which has the potential to reshape the way researchers share their findings, remoulding the academic publishing market and radically changing the nature and reach of scholarship. This project investigated the influence of mega-journals in the academic community and beyond. This project was a collaboration with Loughborough University.

Using Big Data to Safeguard Employee Health

Economic and Social Research Council Investigator £28,004 1 October 2015 24 months

The seminar series aimed to critically explore the possibilities of Big Data in assessing health and wellbeing risks within organisations and for advancing knowledge on health and wellbeing prediction.

Monitoring the transition to Open Access in the UK

Universities UK Investigator £10,800 2 January 2015 5 months

Monitoring the transition to open access in the UK was a project sponsored by Universities UK analysing the various strands of evidence of the take-up of open-access publishing and dissemination by UK researchers. The project investigated the availability of different open-access options, evidence of their take-up, usage of open-access materials, and the financial sustainability of open-access approaches. Partners in the project were the Research Information Network, University of Sheffield, Research Consulting and Elsevier.

Investigating Interlending

TCR (The Combined Regions) Investigator £31,070 1 January 2015 6 months

A project which investigated current usage and potential future development of inter-lending and document delivery services provided by public libraries.

Teaching interests

In all of my teaching, I am keen to incorporate my professional experience as an information practitioner, and combine it with the knowledge of the latest theory and best practice in the field, based on my ongoing research. I am actively involved in a number of teaching and learning approaches including face-to-face classes, blended learning and distance learning.

I teach on a number of programmes including Librarianship, Library and Information Services Management and Health Informatics. My teaching focuses on leadership and management of information and library services in organisations, information resources management, and the roles and skills of information professionals. I coordinate Masters-level modules on management and leadership for information professionals; and library, information, and knowledge services in academic and workplace settings.

Professional activities

Membership of professional bodies

  • MCLIP: Member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals

Editorial board membership

  • Member of the F1000Research Advisory Board (2014- ).
  • Member of the New Review of Academic Librarianship Editorial Board (2013- ).
  • Member of the Program journal Editorial Board Member (2000-2002).
  • Member of the Facet Publishing Advisory Committee (2002-2005).

Committee and advisory group membership

  • Member of the Kudos company Advisory Board (2013- ).
  • Consultancy for various public-sector and commercial organisations on scholarly communication and data management (2013- ).
  • External Adviser to the Centre for Research Communications, University of Nottingham (2012-18); Director (2007-2012).
  • Member of the European University Association Expert Group on Open Science (2015-2018).
  • Member of the Russell Group Open Data Roadmap Group (2013-2015).
  • Member of the SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries) Academic Content and Communications Advisory Panel (2013-14).
  • Member of the Think Tank of the European Network for co-ordination of Policies and Programmes on e-Infrastructures (e-Infranet) (2012-2013).
  • Company Director of EMMAN (East Midlands Metropolitan Area Network) Ltd (2007-2012); Chair of the Board (2011-2012).
  • Member of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills Working Group on Expanding Access (‘Finch Review’) subgroup for open-access publishing (2012).
  • Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre for International ePortfolio Development, University of Nottingham (2011-2012).
  • Member of the JANET6 next-generation academic network Development Advisory Board (2011-2012).
  • University of Nottingham representative for Russell Group IT Directors (RUGIT) Group, Research Libraries UK (RLUK), Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) (2007-2012).
  • Director of the UK Repositories Support Project (2007-2012).
  • Director of SHERPA (Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access) and SHERPA services (2002-2012).
  • Member of the JISC Advisory Group reviewing the UK National Data Centres (2010-2011).
  • Member of the JISC Infrastructure and Resources Committee (2009-2011).
  • Member of the Steering Group and Project Management Board of the UK Research Data Service feasibility study project (2007-2010).
  • Deputy Chair and Member JISC Scholarly Communications Group (2006-2010).
  • Chair of the Member of the MERIT Project (disseminating RAE outputs) Steering Group (2008-2009).
  • Member of the HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) REF (Research Excellence Framework) Advisory Group on Bibliometrics (2008-2009).
  • Member of the Joint RLUK/SCONUL Scholarly Communications Group (2002-2009); Chair (2004-2008).
  • Member of the RCUK Expert Panel for the study of RCUK policy on open access to research outputs (2007-2008).
  • Member and UK representative on the European University Association Working Group on Open Access (2007-2008).
  • Member of the DRIVER project (EU-funded project developing a European repository infrastructure) Steering Group (2006-2008).
  • Director of Intute: Health and Life Sciences web service (2002-2007).
  • Member of the Lincoln Cathedral Library Council (2002-2006).
  • Director of SHERPA DP (Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and access – digital preservation) project (2003-2005).
  • Member of the CC Interop project (JISC-funded national R&D project on search and retrieval) Steering Committee (2001-2003).
  • Consultant for JISC and part-time eLib Programme Manager (2000-2001).

Journal and conference reviewing

  • Reviewer for journals including: Australian Academic and Research Libraries, Government Information Quarterly, Health Information and Libraries Journal (HILJ), Journal of Documentation (JDoc), Liber Quarterly, Program, Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP), Journal of Information Science (JIS), Journal of Informetrics, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (JOLIS), Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Library and Information Science Research, Publications, SAGE Open, Scientometrics and other academic journals (2000-present)
  • Referee for grant proposals for Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), JISC and AHRC (2003-present)

Invited and peer-reviewed presentations

  • Open access in theory and practice. Workshop, iConference (international virtual conference), 23 March 2020 (with Simon Wakeling, David Bawden, and Lyn Robinson).
  • Digital shifts, datafied scholarship and the role of libraries: A provocation. LSE Library staff discussion, 5 February 2020.
  • Digital shifts, datafied scholarship and the role of libraries: A provocation. Research Libraries UK conference, Nottingham, 28 November 2019.
  • The role of research libraries in supporting open science: The situation in the UK and beyond. Norwegian research libraries conference, Trondheim, Norway, 22 October 2019.
  • RoRI research approach: Provisional position. New frontiers on research on research conference, London, 30 September 2019.
  • Open access in global perspective: Drivers, barriers and dilemmas. Critical views on open scholarship – an African perspective GCRF conference, Sheffield, 3 July 2019.
  • Open access in theory and practice. Workshop, CoLIS (Conceptions of Library and Information Science) conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 17 June 2019. (with David Bawden, Lyn Robinson and Simon Wakeling).
  • Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries. Keynote presentation, ICOLIS (International Conference on Libraries, Information and Society), Malacca, Malaysia, 18 April 2019 (with Andrew Cox and Sophie Rutter).
  • Research data management maturity and university libraries. Seminar, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 17 April 2019 (with Andrew Cox, Mary Anne Kennan, Liz Lyon and Laura Sbaffi).
  • Practices, drivers and impediments in the use of preprints. Seminar, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16 April 2019 (with Andrea Chiarelli, Rob Johnson and Emma Richens).
  • Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication: Business models, peer review, and researcher perspectives. Seminar, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 15 April 2019 (with Simon Wakeling, Claire Creaser, Jenny Fry, Valérie Spezi and Peter Willett).
  • Maturing research data services and the transformation of academic libraries. Keynote presentation, Research Libraries UK conference, London, 22 March 2019 (with Andrew Cox, Mary Anne Kennan, Liz Lyon, and Laura Sbaffi).
  • AI and libraries. Workshop, Research Libraries UK conference, London, 22 March 2019 (with Andrew Cox).
  • Current issues in open access: Policy development, researchers’ behaviours and publishing business models. Norwegian Academic Library Directors’ conference, Trondheim, Norway, 11 March 2019.
  • Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication: Business models, peer review, and researcher perspectives. Seminar, Sun Yat-Sen University, Gangzhou, China, 18 January 2018 (with Simon Wakeling, Claire Creaser, Jenny Fry, Valérie Spezi and Peter Willett).
  • Research data management maturity and university libraries. Seminar, Sun Yat-Sen University, Gangzhou, China, 17 January 2018 (with Andrew Cox, Mary Anne Kennan, Liz Lyon and Laura Sbaffi)
  • Mapping the future of academic libraries. Seminar, Sun Yat-Sen University, Gangzhou, China, 16 January 2018 (with Andrew Cox and Sophie Rutter).
  • Questioning mantras and building new paradigms. CILIP conference on ‘Skills for the future academic library’, London, 28 November 2018.
  • Open access, the ‘total cost of publication’, and policy development: Recent research and discussion points. National Library of Sweden seminar, Stockholm, 10 October 2018.
  • Research data management and university libraries. Jisc-CNI conference, Oxford, 2 July 2018 (with Andrew Cox, Mary Anne Kennan, Liz Lyon and Laura Sbaffi).
  • Monitoring the transition to open access: A case study of the UK. Research seminar, University of Barcelona, 29 May 2018.
  • Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication: Business models, peer review, and researcher perspectives. Presentation to Hindawi and Royal Society staff, London, 13 April 2018 (with Simon Wakeling).
  • Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication: Business models, peer review, and researcher perspectives. iConference, Sheffield, 25 March, 2018 (workshop convener and speaker, with Simon Wakeling, Claire Creaser, Jenny Fry, Valérie Spezi and Peter Willett).
  • Mapping the future of academic libraries. SCONUL conference on the ‘Mapping the future of academic libraries’ report, London, 8 December 2017 (with Andrew Cox and Sophie Rutter).
  • Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication. Convener and speaker at the close-of-project conference, London, 28 November 2017 (with Simon Wakeling, Claire Creaser, Jenny Fry, Valérie Spezi and Peter Willett).
  • Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication. Presentation to eLife publishers’ staff, Cambridge, 21 November 2017.
  • Repositories and preservation. UK workshop: Preservation of OA Repository Content and Theses, London, 28 July, 2017
  • Open-access mega-journals and innovation in scholarly communication. Society for Scholarly Publishing, Boston, 2 June 2017 (session convener and speaker).
  • Openness and HE policy. University of Manchester, presentation for PGCertHE module, Manchester, 8 February 2017.
  • Open access: Current themes. CILIP MmIT AGM, London, 9 January 2017.
  • Subject v. functional: Should subject librarians be replaced by functional specialists in academic libraries? Consortium of National and University Libraries seminar, Maynooth, 7 December 2016 (with Catherine Hoodless).
  • Strategic open-access business models: The British approach. UNICA Conference, Lausanne, 2 December 2016.
  • The ‘total cost of publication’ in a hybrid open access environment. Open APC Symposium, 25 November 2016, Stockholm.
  • Open-access mega-journals: Research in progress. Science, Technology and Medicine Publishers’ Association Conference, Frankfurt, 18 October 2016 (with Claire Creaser, Jenny Fry, Valérie Spezi, Simon Wakeling and Peter Willett).
  • Open-access mega-journals: Research in progress. Association of Learned and Professional Society Conference, London, 15 September 2016 (with Claire Creaser, Jenny Fry, Valérie Spezi, Simon Wakeling and Peter Willett).
  • A ‘gold-centric’ implementation of open access. University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences research conference, Sheffield, 13 September 2017 (with Jennifer Salter and Peter Bath).
  • Delivering the new LISM (Library and Information Services Management) - distance learning programme. tELfest conference, Sheffield, 29 June 2016 (with Peter Holdridge and Peter Stordy).
  • Research data management and libraries: Work in progress. Mercian Libraries RDM conference (Key note), Leicester, 7 June 2016.
  • Open-access mega-journals and the sustainability of scholarly communication. Society for Scholarly Publishing conference pre-meeting, Vancouver, 1 June 2016 (with Claire Creaser, Jenny Fry, Valérie Spezi, Simon Wakeling and Peter Willett).
  • Subject v functional: Should subject librarians be replaced by functional specialists in academic libraries? Research Libraries UK conference, London, 10 March 2016 (with Catherine Hoodless)
  • Open-access mega-journals and the future of scholarly communication. Research Libraries UK conference, London, 9 March 2016 (with Claire Creaser, Jenny Fry, Valérie Spezi, Simon Wakeling and Peter Willett).
  • ‘Total cost of publication’: Institutional approaches to funding journal APCs in combination with subscriptions – UK Universities: An update. BÆREDYGTIG OPEN ACCESS, Datagrundlaget & det økonomiske perspektiv, Mini-konference, Copenhagen, 26 November (with Jennifer Salter and Peter Bath)
  • The cost of gold open access: A UK case study. COUPERIN conference, ‘La Science Ouverte en Marche’, Paris, 12-14 October 2015 (with Jennifer Salter and Peter Bath)
  • Monitoring the transition to open access in the UK. Conference of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, Amsterdam, 15-17 September 2015 (with Michael Jubb).
  • Standards initiated and adopted by the academic community: Whose standards are they anyway? Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers conference, London, 9-11 September 2015.
  • Research data management and libraries: Work in progress. Bodleian Libraries Conference: Adapting for the Future: Developing our Professions and Services, Oxford, 21 July 2015.
  • Current research into the total cost of publication. NEYAL (North East and Yorkshire Academic Libraries) annual members’ meeting. York, 10 July 2015 (with Jennifer Salter and Peter Bath).
  • Investigating interlending: Resource discovery, sharing and cooperation. Forum for Interlending and Information Delivery. Manchester, 29 June 2015 (Briony Birdi, Sophie Rutter and Simon Wakeling).
  • ‘Open’ initiatives in higher education institutions: Towards an integrated strategy. LIBER 44th annual conference: Towards open science. London, 25 June 2015 (with Sheila Corrall).
  • Current research into the total cost of publication. UKSG Open Access: Working with the offsetting deals – budgets and workflows, London, 27 May 2015 (with Jennifer Salter and Peter Bath).
  • Negotiating with publishers: Scene setting. Jisc Forum, London, 19 January, 27 February 2015 (with Jennifer Salter and Peter Bath).
  • Research data management and libraries: Relationships, activities, drivers and influences. Supporting the activities of your research community – Issues and initiatives, CONUL seminar, Dublin, 3 December 2014.
  • The ‘total cost of publication’ in a hybrid open-access environment. Jisc Webinar, 25 November 2014 (with Jennifer Salter and Peter Bath).
  • RDM: Where should collaboration happen? Directions in research data management, Cambridge, 6-7 November 2 2014 (with Martin Lewis).
  • The ‘total cost of publication’ in a hybrid open-access environment. Independent Review Group on Research Councils UK Policy on Open Access, London, 15 October 2014 (with Jennifer Salter and Peter Bath).
  • Lay summaries of open access journal articles: Engaging with the general public on medical research. University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Science research conference, Sheffield, 19 September 2014 (with Emily Nunn).
  • Engaging with the public on research and the future of open access. Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association Conference, Paris, 17-18 September 2014 (with Emily Nunn).
  • The future of academic publishing: Continuity or discontinuity?. Scottish ebooks conference 2014, Glasgow, 5 September 2014.
  • The future of academic publishing: Continuity or discontinuity?. Ebooks and econtent conference 2014, London, 8 May 2014.
  • Coherence of “open” initiatives in higher education and research: Framing a policy agenda. iConference, Berlin, 7 March 2014 (with Sheila Corrall).
  • Open access: current issues and future possibilities. University of Sheffield Open Access Event, Sheffield, 23 October 2013.
  • Medical research charities and open access. Europe PubMed Central funders’ engagement meeting, London, 8 July 2013.
  • Library support for research: roles and skills. Research Libraries UK research support conference, Leeds, 1 July 2013.
  • Research data management and libraries: current activities and future priorities. SCONUL conference, Dublin, 20 June 2013.
  • ‘Open’ as modus operandi for Research and Higher Education. TNC2013 conference, Maastricht, 4 June 2013.
  • Open access and the humanities: panel discussion. AHRC event on digital scholarship, Manchester, 23 May 2013.
  • Research data management and libraries: current activities and future priorities. Research Libraries UK conference, Exeter, 21-22 March 2013 (with Andrew Cox).
  • Research data management and open access: institutional responses. Research Information Management: the Challenges and Opportunities (Inside Government) conference, London, 24 January 2013.
  • Skills for the library and information professional of the future. Research Libraries UK conference, Newcastle, 14-16 November 2012.
  • It’s the end of the world as we know it… and I feel fine. Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers conference, Birmingham, 11-13 September 2012.
  • Opening up the academy: strategic and tactical opportunities in the open agenda. Information School research seminar, University of Sheffield, 9 May 2012.
  • The ADMIRe project and institutional research data management. Research Libraries UK conference, Aberdeen, 30 March 2012 (with Caroline Williams).
  • IS governance at the University of Nottingham. Russell Group IT Directors conference, Oxford, 24 February 2012.
  • Text and data mining, copyright and licensing: a university perspective. Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum, London, 1 November 2011.
  • Opening up the academy. Keynote address at the e-Infranet conference, Leiden, The Netherlands, 27 October 2011.
  • The MERIT of Cream of Science: a perspective from the UK on scholarly communication. Leibniz Publik conference, Munich, Germany, 9 September 2011.
  • Information and technology services and the student experience in a research university. Information Directorate conference, University of York, York, 29 July 2011.
  • Paying for open access publications. Research Management – Smoothing the Way conference, London, 27 January 2011.
  • RoMEO and JULIET: past, present and future. Berlin8 Open Access Conference, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Max Planck Society, Beijing, China, 25-27 October 2010 (with Bill Hubbard).
  • The how of open access: implementing open access in universities. JISC-RIN conference on the future of research, London, 19 October 2010.
  • The price of open access? OA funds, institutions and consortia. First Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP), Lund, Sweden, 14-16 September 2009.
  • Dealing with data: an introduction. Ticer digital libraries summer school, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 4 August 2009.
  • A research data service for the UK? The UK Research Data Service (UKRDS) feasibility study. Universities UK conference, London, 5 December 2008.
  • The Research Excellence Framework: principles and practicalities. Research Libraries UK conference, Leeds, 22-24 October 2008.
  • Paying for open access? Institutional funding streams and OA publication charges. European Conference on Scientific Publishing, Oslo, Norway, 4-6 September 2008.
  • Journals and repositories: an evolving relationship. Keynote address, RIOJA project conference, Cambridge, 7 July 2008.
  • Setting up an open access publication fund. Second INORMS Congress (International Network of Research Management Societies), Liverpool, 18 June 2008.
  • How and why libraries and research administration can and should work together: setting up central funds for open-access publishing and dissemination. Association of Research Managers and Administrators seminar, Cardiff, 6 June 2007.
  • Can open-access repositories and peer-reviewed journals coexist?. UK Serials Group conference, Warwick, 16-18 April 2007.
  • Research outputs and funder requirements: putting policies and procedures into place. CURL/SCONUL seminar, London, 2 November 2006.
  • Repository development: where are we now and where are we going? European Repositories Conference, Glasgow, 18-20 October 2006.
  • Open access and libraries. JISC Open Access conference, Oxford, 27-28 September 2006.
  • Repositories, learned societies and research funders. RCUK-learned societies conference, London, 29 June 2006.
  • Libraries and digital resources. British Academy workshop on e-publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences, London, 7 April 2006.
  • The Googlezonization of information provision: the end of the road for libraries?. CURL members meeting, Newcastle, 17 March 2005 (with John MacColl).
  • Research publishing and open access. Universities UK Research Policy Strategy Group meeting, London, 3 December 2004.
  • Institutional repositories and SHERPA. Scientific publications: free for all?. UKSG seminar, London, 23 November 2004.
  • The portal within the portal: electronic library services within an institutional portal environment. Pan-European Portals Conference, Nottingham, 19-20 July 2004 (with Mike Gardner).
  • Institutional repositories in practice. LIBER conference, St Petersburg, Russia, 29 June-2 July 2004.
  • What universities want from publishing. Scholarship-Friendly Publishing, ALPSP 20th International Learned Journals Seminar, London, 26 March 2004.
  • Institutional repositories in practice. Global Access to UK Research, JISC seminar, London, 20 November 2003.
  • Creating an institutional repository. CABI staff seminar, Oxford, 12 November 2003.
  • Creating an institutional repository. Oxford Seminar Programme, Oxford, 22 May 2003.
  • E-archiving: a view from an institutional e-print repository. STM publishers conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 16 May 2003.
  • Institutional e-print repositories: some practical tips. UKSG conference workshop, Edinburgh, 7-8 April 2003 (with Bill Hubbard).
  • Digital preservation of e-prints. JISC-RLG conference, Washington DC, USA, 25 March 2003.
  • Creating institutional e-print repositories. Managing E-resources: a cpd25 Seminar, London, 17 December 2002.
  • Institutional e-print repositories and research communication. University of Durham staff consultation event, Durham, 10 December 2002.
  • OAI and publishing models. JISC programme conference, Nottingham, 1 November 2002.
  • Open archiving in UK universities. 2nd Workshop on the Open Archives Initiative (OAI), Geneva, Switzerland, 17 October 2002.
  • Creating institutional repositories. JISC-CNI conference, Edinburgh, 26 June 2002. SPARC pre-conference meeting.
  • Managing the virtual library in the real world. Annual conference of REBIUN (Red de Biliotecas Universitarias Espanolas), Valladolid, Spain, 29 May 2002.
  • University open archiving. Scholarly communication seminar, Cambridge, 12 April 2002.
  • The dynamic web site: database driven content management. Content Management for Information Professionals conference (LITC and MmIT), London, 11 April 2002 (with Mike Gardner).
  • Open archiving at Nottingham. CURL conference on scholarly communication, London, 11 March 2002.
  • E-prints: The Nottingham experience. CURL e-prints workshop, Glasgow, 4 March 2002 (with Mike Gardner).
  • Scholarly communication: present and future. Presentation to East Midlands University Association Chief Librarians, Leicester, 27 November 2001.
  • Lessons from eLib. DNER development programme conference, London, 18-19 June 2001.
  • Library web site design. EMALINK (East Midlands Academic Library and Information Services in Co-operation for training) seminar, Nottingham, 2 May 2001 (with Mike Gardner).
  • e-Library developments in the UK: A survey. Library staff seminar, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, 23 March 2001.
  • Managing the virtual library in the real world. CALIM staff seminar, Manchester, 1 March 2001.
  • Why authentication is important. BUILDER project conference, Birmingham, 10 January 2001.
  • Liaison. Presentations and workshops for staff of Edinburgh University Library, Edinburgh, 14 December 2000.
  • The hybrid library and the hybrid librarian: roles and skills. The Electronic Library for Parliament, European Centre for Parliamentary Research and Documentation Seminar, London, 2 November, 2000.
  • The hybrid library and the DNER. The Future is Hybrid eLib Hybrid Library conference, London, 1 November 2000. Repeated Manchester, 20 February 2001.
  • Managing academic libraries in a digital world: institutional, regional and national developments in the UK. 66th IFLA General Conference, Jerusalem, Israel, 13-18 August 2000.
  • The subject librarian and collection development in the hybrid library. Consortium of University Research Libraries conference, Newcastle, 3 April 2000.
  • Partnership and customer service in the hybrid library. Integrate, Co-operate, Innovate II: eLib Phase 3 Hybrid Libraries, Clumps & Digital Preservation Conference, London, 24-25 November 1999 (with Andrew Hampson).
  • BUILDER and the hybrid library. Birmingham Public Libraries ICT seminar, Birmingham, 7 July 1999.
  • Hybrid library case study: BUILDER. University, College and Research Group strand at UmbrelLA 5, Manchester, 2 July 1999.
  • The hybrid librarian: the impact of the hybrid library on library and information services staff. Career Development Group National Conference, e-lucidate: the electronic library for the next millennium, new directions & initiatives, Leeds, 14-16 May 1999.
  • BUILDER and the hybrid library. Lecture to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of Information Studies, University of Central England, Birmingham, 13 May 1999.
  • Funding the BUILDER project. Aslib Midlands Group, Birmingham, 27 April 1999.
  • The hybrid library: a view from the UK. Bücher, Bytes und Bibliotheken, InetBib conference, Oldenburg, Germany, 3-6 March 1999.
  • BUILDER and the hybrid library. Library staff from the Universities of Warwick and Coventry, University of Warwick, 23 February 1999.
  • Hybrid library strategy. Integrate, Co-operate, Innovate: eLib Phase 3, Hybrid Libraries, Clumps and Digital Preservation conference, London, 15-16 December 1998.
  • Dealing with the stuff: The hybrid library view. Information Ecologies, eLib conference, York, 2-4 December 1998.
  • BUILDER project and electronic delivery of learning materials. Presentation to publishers, and representatives from the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, Authors Licensing and Collecting Society, and Publishers Licensing Society at the Copyright Licensing Agency, London, 27 November 1998 (with Ian Upton and Andrew Hampson).
  • The hybrid library and medical information. 4th OMNI Annual Seminar at MEDNET 98 World Congress on the Internet in Medicine, London, 18 November 1998.
  • BUILDER: An institutional hybrid library strategy. Hybrid Libraries Regional Workshop: Structuring Approaches to the Management of Information Services, Leeds, 15 October 1998.
  • Building a hybrid library. NAG Workshop, Book-Buying on the Internet, Manchester, 25 March 1998.
  • The BUILDER project. Hybrid Library concertation day, London, 10 March 1998 (with Ian Upton).
  • The hybrid library. British Society for Computer-Assisted Learning in Dentistry, Birmingham, 4 March 1998

Other roles

  • Visiting Professor, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2019-20)
  • Visiting Scholar, Sun Yat-Sen University, Gangzhou, China (January, 2019)
  • Visiting Scholar at the University of Barcelona (June 2018)
  • Visiting Scholar, Downing College Cambridge (2017).