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Welcome: Introduction by Roy Jakobs
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Roy Jakobs
Roy Jakobs

Dear Colleagues,

How to measure the value of scholarly information occupies center stage in the day-to-day lives of information professionals, whether we work for publishers or libraries or another type of entity involved in the STM arena.

Value can be seen as the extent to which information contributes to providing an answer to a specific information question that a customer or user has. For information professionals, measuring our own worth often is tied to measuring our ability to create, deliver and interpret sophisticated resources so they genuinely help researchers achieve their goals and provide answers to their questions.

To which extent information transforms into value, especially relative to investments made, is not a straightforward question to answer. That said, we're devoting this issue to the theme of information valuation.

Here is some of what you'll find in the following pages:

As you may agree, assessing the value of university libraries can be challenging. Chrysanne Lowe, in writing the preface to her interview with UCSD librarians, noted "The value of the academic library is articulated in different terms to different constituencies." For details on how librarians in the US and Hong Kong have recently articulated impacts of academic libraries, read Chrysanne’s interview on page 6 and the Research Watch articles on page 7.

The rest of this issue is equally noteworthy. But I want to leave some content for you to discover.

Please join me in extending thanks to all the contributors to this issue. And now, happy reading!

Best regards,

Roy Jakobs, Managing Director, Academic & Government Sales, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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