For librarians and publishers alike, adding value to content is probably driven by the same, strong motivator: the realization of practical solutions achieved for those involved in scientific and professional information.
Through traditional and innovative means, libraries and publishers are adding value to content by helping connect researchers with literature and helping authors through the publishing process. As you read the following pages in this issue, I trust you too will feel a sense of pride at the extraordinary range of ways information providers are adding value to content and helping authors and researchers across the globe.
Lee Hisle, vice president of information services at Connecticut College, put it well in his article in this issue, by saying: "It's a great time to be a librarian!" I applaud this and add, "It's a great time to be a publisher!"
This issue of Library Connect indeed provides most interesting views on how librarians and publishers add value to content. This brings me to express our thanks to the contributors and wish you pleasure in reading this second issue of 2006.
Philippe M.A.B. Terheggen, PhD, Director Journal Development,
Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Q&A Snapshot with Philippe Terheggen
Q: What were you doing before joining Elsevier?
A: After graduating as a medical scientist from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, I researched drug-DNA interactions at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Then I received a PhD from the Medical Faculty in Leiden, followed by post-doc work in Oxford.
Q: What industry trends are you watching?
A: First, trends about activities by commercial and society publishers, and alternative publishing models. Second, trends concerning editorial systems, authors and editors, and peer reviewing.
Q: What's the best part of your job?
A: Stimulating editorial teams to reach for the best: working with editors-in-chief, editorial board members, guest editors, authors and reviewers to increase the speed of publication, promote articles and increase citations, and add value to the peer-review process. For instance, by providing editors and reviewers access to Scopus.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky for its timeless tale of motives and emotions, or on the lighter side The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks.
Q: What are you reading now?
A: The Happy Isles of Oceania by Paul Theroux and Madam Secretary: a Memoir by Madeleine Albright.