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Welcome: Introduction by Leo Voogt
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Leo Voogt
Leo Voogt

Dear Information Professional:

My colleagues and I are pleased to introduce you to Elsevier's Library Connect, a partnership with the library community designed to provide us with many interesting and varied communication opportunities. The program is aimed at the librarian and information professional who interacts with Elsevier in any capacity. Through this initiative, Elsevier intends to expand its existing library relationships and work with you in creating new ones. From the new quarterly newsletter, Library Connect, to a wide range of offerings (e.g., workshops, seminars, research awards, and partnerships) this program-we hope-will offer you much of value.

In this inaugural newsletter we bring you feature coverage of the Digital Libraries Symposium VI as well as the Elsevier Strategic Partners Forum. We are also very pleased to acquaint you with the Elsevier Foundation. In our Center of Attention spread we highlight the issue of "What's the Use of Usability and Marketing?" with thoughts, tips, and tricks, on issues related to marketing online resources to users. In addition, we bring you up-to-date on some of the Elsevier News and Views, and introduce you to our community support campaign, Never Underestimate the Importance of a Librarian on Page 7. We hope you enjoy this ongoing campaign, and please watch for additional posters with subsequent issues.

While my colleagues and I have framed the basics of the Library Connect program we need your help in completing the details. So, please share with us your ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on how you would like to see Library Connect develop. Comments and feedback can be sent to We would most welcome the chance to meet with you in person, as well. For a list of upcoming Library Connect and Elsevier events, see Page 6. We look forward to connecting with you soon.

Kind regards,

Leo Voogt, Global Director of Library Relations