Webinars & Podcasts

A series of live and recorded educational, online talks and interviews, designed for librarians. We aim to help librarians and informational professionals gain insight into emerging new information technologies and expert opinion from their peers and publishers on some of the most pressing and relevant issues faced by librarians today.

Webinars: often hosted in collaboration with organizational partners and the broader community, our webinars are free to attend and include lively Q&As at the end of each session - all you need is an internet connection and access to a telephone or computer headset. 

Podcasts: Explore our growing series of educational and collaborative podcast, including tutorials and interviews designed to keep you up to date on news, trends and developments in publishing and technology, as they happen.

Upcoming Webinars

ResearchGate partnership and COUNTER 5 usage reporting

About the webinar

Join us for this 1-hour webinar focusing on our ResearchGate partnership and reporting in COUNTER 5. In the first part of this webinar our guest speaker Michael Häusler, Head of Engineering Architecture at ResearchGate, will explain the technical nature of our partnership with ResearchGate. We will focus on how authentication, authorization and usage reporting are being implemented and how that compares to similar services on our platforms.

In the second part, we will be joined by Sebastian Bock, Senior Product Manager, Product & Platform Group at Springer Nature who will present the current state and specifics of Springer Nature’s COUNTER 5 offering. We will be focusing on overall data availability, reporting periods and specifics with book usage reporting. This webinar will be followed by a lively Q&A session.

You can download our white paper "Researchers at the Centre: Content Discoverability, Visibility, and Access" with insights on the partnership, goals and benefits for researchers, authors and librarians, here.

Sebastian Bock

Guest speaker Sebastian Bock is a Senior Product Manager

at Springer Nature in the Institutional Customer Experience development team. He is leading the COUNTER 5 implementation and the development on tools like the Librarian Portal and the Metadata Downloader.

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Guest speaker Michael Häusler is Head of Engineering Architecture

at ResearchGate. Since he joined the company in 2011, he has worked on various machine learning topics such as author name disambiguation. He is currently focusing on strategic integrations with partners in the publishing ecosystem.

Best Practices in defining a Collection Development Strategy and Evaluating Business Models for eBooks

About the webinar

Join us Wednesday 27th January 2021 as our guest librarian speakers, Jessica Morales, Director, Collection Strategy and Acquisitions, University of Notre Dame, and James “Parker” Ladwig, Mathematics, Statistics, Biology, and Medicine Librarian Strategic Resources Assessment Librarian, University of Notre Dame, join Springer Nature’s Senior eBook Product Manager, Wouter van der Velde for talks on best practices in defining a collection development strategy and the evaluation of ebook business models offered by various publishers. Hear how to implement cost-effective ebook purchasing options that meet the needs of faculty, researchers and students, and ultimately provides you control and flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of your end users at your institution/college/school. This webinar will spotlight the evaluation of various business models offered by publishers, which offer a range of options such as variable concurrent user rates, discovery-related support, ongoing or limited time access models, variations in user allowances, and more.

*The second webinar session is co-presented with The Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Guest speaker Jessica Morales, Director of Collection Strategy and Acquisitions

has served in various collection strategy and acquisition roles throughout her career. As the current Director of Collection Strategy and Acquisitions and the University of Notre Dame she provides leadership for collection strategy, scholarly resource assessment, electronic resource management and acquisition services. Jessica has presented and published on user experience, electronic resource management, and collection assessment. She is also interested in leadership models and change management. She holds a BA in Art History, and an MLIS in Library and Information Science. Jessica is a mom to one son (5), and loves hiking and beach days with her husband and child.

Guest speaker J. Parker Ladwig is the Mathematics and Life Sciences Librarian

and a Strategic Resource Assessment Librarian for the Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame.  He has worked for Notre Dame for more than 20 years.  He graduated from University of Texas-Austin with a MLIS and worked for 5 years at McKinsey & Co.'s petroleum practice as an information specialist, then research analyst. He has published in the areas of strategic planning, collection analysis, censorship, syllabi studies, and communities of practice. He is particularly interested in quantitative analysis and data visualization, including helping colleagues appreciate the power of statistics. He has been most active with the Special Libraries Association's Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division and served a 3-year term as division chair-elect / chair / past-chair. He has 5 children (and 2 daughters-in-law), ranging in age from 18 to 26.

Wouter van der Velde

Guest speaker: Wouter van der Velde, Senior eProduct Manager eBooks,  Product and Platform Group at Springer Nature, The Netherlands

Mr. Wouter will present his talk across the following key topics: defining a collection development strategy, the evaluation of business models offered by publishers, the reduction of costs by pooling resources, reviewing acquisitions policies, integrating collections and boosting discovery, promoting ebooks to library users, digital preservation, and evaluation of ebooks.

Diving into Metadata and Discovery Services

About the webinar

Join us on Wednesday, 3rd February 2021 to hear about latest developments on Metadata and Discovery Services from our guest speakers Bobbi Patham and Elif Eryilmaz-Sigwarth, part of Springer Nature’s Data Development team. Bobbi, who is also a member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative, will give insight into Discovery & Link Resolution Services and Consortium Collections. Elif oversees KBART activities across Springer Nature and will discuss latest updates regarding KBART as well as other metadata standards such as MARC Records and JATS/BITS. Join us for this webinar followed by a lively Q&A session.

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Guest speaker Bobbi Patham, Manager, Discovery & Discovery Services, Product & Metadata Management

Bobbi Patham is Manager of Discovery Services for Springer Nature. She has over fifteen plus years of experience in content management, metadata standards, subject classification and bibliographic collection. Bobbi works closely with discovery service and link resolver providers such as EBSCO, OCLC, ProQuest and ExLibris, facilitating access to Springer Nature’s content. Internally, she engages with various departments to support customer needs in order to increase the discoverability and usage of Springer Nature content, with a strategic focus on areas with a growing number of research contributions such as China. In her daily work, she liaises with the discovery service vendors, ensuring the integrity of the metadata and meeting of targets. Bobbi holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She is a member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI), which works on technical recommendations for data exchange including data formats, delivery methods, usage reporting, update frequency, and rights of use.

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Guest speaker Elif Eryilmaz-Sigwarth, IT Product Manager, Data Development, Springer Nature 

Elif Eryilmaz-Sigwarth is an IT Product Manager in the Entitlements team based-in Berlin driving a broad range of applications and services related to the centralized access to Springer Nature content by supporting different business models through different data standards. She is also overseeing the overall KBART activities across Springer Nature and representing Springer Nature at NISO KBART Standing Committee.

The Shift to Electronic Curriculum Materials due to the Pandemic.
A Mathematics Case Study.

About the webinar

With digital curriculum materials a hot topic on campuses worldwide, join an author, an editor, and a librarian to hear about how Springer Nature collections support the virtual teaching environment. Mathematics will be in the spotlight, as editor Loretta Bartolini reflects on what she wishes she had known about Springer’s digital collections as an instructor, and the breadth and depth of mathematics textbooks available. Author Sheldon Axler will talk about the perennial appeal of his bestselling textbook Linear Algebra Done Right, selecting other titles from the catalog, and adapting his teaching during the pandemic. Librarian Tim Strawn will discuss trends in eBook acquisitions for curriculum support at California Polytechnic State University where he is Executive Director of Collections Strategy & Discovery.

This 1-hour webinar will feature talks by all three guest speakers, followed by a lively Q&A session.

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Guest speaker Loretta Bartolini, Editor, Mathematics, Springer Nature 

Loretta Bartolini is a mathematician who spent eight years in research and teaching positions before transitioning into publishing. As a Springer editor, she has a keen interest in ensuring that the literature keeps up with the evolution of mathematics and how it is taught. Her portfolio encompasses university textbooks of all levels, including the flagship series Graduate Texts in Mathematics and Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics.

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Guest speaker Sheldon Axler, Professor of Mathematics, San Francisco State University

Sheldon Axler is Professor of Mathematics at San Francisco State University. He has won teaching awards at MIT and Michigan State University. His career achievements include the Mathematical Association of America’s Lester R. Ford Award for expository writing, election as Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, over a decade as Dean of the College of Science & Engineering at San Francisco State University, member of the Council of the American Mathematical Society, member of the Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of the Mathematical Intelligencer. His publications include the widely used textbook Linear Algebra Done Right.

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Guest speaker Tim Strawn, Executive Director, Collections Strategy & Discovery, Kennedy Library California Polytechnic State University

Tim Strawn is the Executive Director of Collections Strategy & Discovery at Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic State University, a position he has held for more than 10 years. Tim has also worked for the UCLA libraries, Harvard College Library and the University of Texas, Austin libraries. Tim was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from the American Library Association in 2012 and Kennedy Library received the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in 2014, the first university library in California to receive the honor since it was first awarded in 2000.

Database Training Webinars

AdisInsight: How to find the information you need

Angela Panetta
Daniela Ranzani, M.Sc.

About the webinar

AdisInsight is a scientifically focused, integrated database of information about drug development, clinical trials, adverse events, commercial deals, and patents.

These sessions will be hosted by a member of our expert Product team - Angela Panetta or Daniela Ranzani, M.Sc. They will show you:

  • What AdisInsight is and how it can benefit you
  • How to use the Search function to find the information you need
  • How to use some of the clever features of the site

Nano: How to find the information you need for your research

Dr Pranoti Kshirsagar
Dr Rong Ju

About the webinar

Nano is the database with the most comprehensive collection of nanomaterial data and literature references in the world. It contains summaries of 310,000+ Nanomaterials, 860,000+ Nanotechnology articles, and 24,000,000+ Nanotechnology patents.

These sessions will be hosted by a member of our expert Product team - Dr Pranoti Kshirsagar or Dr Rong Ju. They will show you:

  • What Nano is and how it can benefit you
  • How to use the Search function to find the information you need
  • How to find specific summaries, articles and patents
  • How to use some of the clever features on the platform

SpringerMaterials: How to find the information you need for your research

Evelyn Ramforth, M.Sc.
Dr Rong Ju

About the webinar

SpringerMaterials is the largest curated materials science database in the world, covering 290,000+ materials and 3,000+ physical and chemical properties in a single platform.

These sessions will be hosted by a member of our expert Product team - Evelyn Ramforth, M.Sc or Dr Rong Ju. They will cover:

  • What SpringerMaterials is and how it can support your research
  • How to find materials' properties data using SpringerMaterials
  • Practical examples

Springer Nature Experiments: How to find the protocols & methods you need

Robin Padilla, Ph.D.
Dr Sarada Ramachandran
Dr Satyavati Kharde

About the webinar

Springer Nature Experiments helps users find and evaluate protocols and methods in the life sciences. It contains 65,000+ articles from SpringerProtocols, Nature Protocols and Nature Methods: 

These sessions will be hosted by a member of our expert Product team - Robin Padilla, Ph.D, Dr Sarada Ramachandran or Dr Sayavati Kharde. They will show you: 

  • What Springer Nature Experiments is and how it can help you
  • How to search and filter your keywords 
  • How to evaluate the content and access the information you need 
  • How to navigate across different protocols and method content 
  • How to use Antibody pages for your experiments

Latest PodcastsFind more on Soundcloud

Discover our evolving series of educational and collaborative podcasts, including tutorials and interviews designed for the librarian community. 


In this 4-part podcast series, Laird Barrett, Digital Product Manager at Springer Nature joins Heather Flanagan, Program Director at SeamlessAccess.org, to discuss a range of topics: what is SeamlessAccess, how it benefits end-users, what drove Springer Nature to become the first academic publisher to implement SeamlessAccess on Nature.com, why librarians are raising privacy concerns, the difference between SeamlessAccess and GetFTR, and more.

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