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Elsevier and academic institutions to partner for the Scholarly Perspectives webinar series

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Amsterdam, 20 May 2010 - Ten academic institutions will host 10 new webinars in the 2010 Scholarly Perspectives webinar series, launching on 25 May. and continuing through 2010. The webinars series, sponsored by Elsevier, is broadcast live and garners an audience of academic librarians and faculty. The goal is to create a virtual forum for librarians, end users and Elsevier product specialists to discuss and debate the evolving roles of search-and-discovery tools in research and teaching.

The 55 minute webinars feature a library information consultant, a university senior faculty member/researcher and an Elsevier product specialist. Presenters share their views and insights on the evolving role of peer-reviewed journals and books, and the tools and platforms developing around them. A short live Questions & Answers session with the attending audience follows the presentations.

The Scholarly Perspectives webinar series was launched in November 2009 with three webinars. These were well-received, with over 1,100 library professionals and researchers from the academic, government, medical and corporate sectors attending one or more webinars. This year, the expanded series will include five local language webinars (German, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese) on regional topics and five English language webinars on global topics.

"It's a great opportunity for the global community of academic librarians to discuss topics and share how they've solved problems," said Stephen Cawley, creator and co-organizer of the series. "Listeners also have the chance to hear the topics discussed by academic researchers; it's a different perspective and a joint approach to progress," he added.

Scholarly Perspectives 2010 Spring Series
Research literacy primer: Equipping early career researchers with the skills they require to create high quality papers

Date: Tue, 25/05/2010 - 13:00 EDT
Host: Penn State University Library

Elsevier Ebooks Usage Study - What are researchers, teachers & students saying about ebooks?
Date: Mon, 14/06/2010 - 15:00 CET
Host: Middle East Technical University

Powering the Smart Economy in Ireland
Date: Thu, 03/06/2010 - 14:00 GMT
Hosts: Science Foundation Ireland :: Trinity College Dublin

From Gutenberg to Gigabyte: Print to electronic evolution in the scholarly world (German language)
Date: Mon, 05/07/2010 - 15:00 CET
Host: USB Cologne

The fall series will air in August and will feature topics on bibliometrics, national licenses, local language ebooks, and education. To register for a webinar or view the archives, go to


To suggest a topic for coverage or discuss hosting a webinar in a future series, contact Solutions Marketing Lead, ScienceDirect, A&G Products Stephen Cawley at

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including the Lancet ( and Cell (, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include ScienceDirect (, Scopus (, Reaxys (, MD Consult ( and Nursing Consult (, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite ( and MEDai's Pinpoint Review (, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier ( employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (, a world-leading publisher and information provider. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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