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.

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Interested in hosting a webinar with us, or want to see a topic covered? Reach out to us with your questions and suggestions!

Upcoming Webinars

April 2020

Review journals - a vital resource for students, faculty and researchers

Nature Reviews Chemistry

Join us for this 1-hour webinar on 2 April with Jill Adie, Senior Publishing Manager and Mina Razzak, Editorial Director Nature Reviews at Nature Research and hear about how review journals play an increasing role in collaborative approaches across scientific publishing as well as discussing developments and ‘real-life’ impact. This webinar will include a lively Q&A for librarians, editors and researchers.

This webinar is in collaboration with CHOICE/ACRL

2nd April 11am EST

COVID-19: Remote Access options and new developments at Springer Nature

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


SeamlessAccess, a one-step, streamlined access service born out of the RA21 initiative in June 2019, uses federated identity as its authentication process to allow researchers to access content from different publishers at any place or time—not just when they’re using their institution’s IP address. 

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.

Episode 1: A New Experience of Federated Access: What Is SeamlessAccess?

Learn what SeamlessAccess is and why it has had to accommodate publishers’ and researchers’ concerns? Why is this service so appealing to end users? Why did Springer Nature to become the first academic publisher to implement SeamlessAccess on Nature.com?

Episode 2: Alleviating Researcher Pain: What is SeamlessAccess?

What are the current roadblocks hampering authentication services in order to put the researcher needs first? Publisher collaboration has been great, but what are the challenges facing libraries and the campus IT departments which are causing issues for SeamlessAccess advocates?

Episode 3: Clearing Up Misconceptions: What Is Seamless Access?

SeamlessAccess was welcomed with praise, but librarians voiced privacy concerns. In this episode hear from Heather Flanagan, Program Director at SeamlessAccess.org explain how this service is truly about the identity discovery process, not about collecting data on end users. Laird Barrett, Digital Product Manager at Springer Nature, joins Flanagan to dig into the biggest misconceptions surrounding the service, and what they have done to set the record straight.

Episode 4: Connecting Publishers and Libraries: What Is SeamlessAccess?

Springer Nature is the first publisher to roll out SeamlessAccess on the Nature.com research platform. Librarians, however, have expressed privacy concerns about the federated access model. In this final podcast episode we address privacy concerns and offer the inside publisher scoop on how researchers use their devices, the differing North American and European views of federated authentication, and a possible standardized, transparent practice for data collection between publishers and end-users going forward.

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