This issue reflects on the changing global nature of science and publishing.
As you can see while reading these pages, information professionals in all quarters of the world are leading efforts to provide users with e-access to the global knowledgebase and tools to help them gain maximum benefit from e-access. Such efforts range from small to large ventures, but all are important.
One story here relates how representatives of the National Library of China visited Australian and US librarians to learn from their experience. To lay the groundwork to help students and researchers benefit from rapid changes in the areas of scientific communication and investigation and publication of scientific findings, often months or years of preparatory work are involved.
Another story highlights outcomes resulting from expanded e-access to STM journals. In the words of Mr. V. K. Gupta, the director of the National Institute of Science Communication & Information Resources in India: “One may conclude therefore that e-access has made an impact on the R&D output of CSIR scientists.”
I trust this issue of Library Connect will inspire you to continue initiatives to improve access worldwide to scholarly publications and improve support provided to researchers and librarians involved in creating and disseminating scholarly findings. To all contributors who have made this read so informative, I offer a special thank-you.
Director, A&G International Markets, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Q&A Snapshot with Eduard Cohen
Q: What were you doing before joining Elsevier
A: Following my graduation from the University of Leiden, where I studied chemistry and pharmacy, I joined Beecham Pharmaceuticals where I worked for five years in the sales and marketing department. For almost 20 years now, I have been with Elsevier in various management positions in different countries.
Q: What industry trends are you watching?
A: How the emerging countries bridge the gap with the developed countries in various ways and at different paces. It is fascinating to be part of this race!
Q: What's the best part of your job?
A: Meeting people across the world — in different time zones, with different backgrounds and speaking their own languages, but sharing the passion to push the boundaries of research.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: Today I tend to say Siegfried by the Dutch author Harry Mulish, because of the plot's similarity with the plot of The Da Vinci Code! But also The European Dream by the American economist Jeremy Rifkin.
Q: What are you reading now?
A: New Neighbours by Saskia Noort. The book was recently issued and already she has become one of my favorite authors.