Elsevier celebrates library profession on International Special Librarians Day

Librarians and Information Professionals Play Vital Role

Amsterdam, 22 April 2004 – In recognition of International Special Librarians Day (ISLD), Elsevier, a leading scientific, technical and medical publisher, is proud to honor the contributions of librarians around the world. Charged with helping disseminate the latest information and research, librarians serve a critical function in global knowledge sharing.

“As gatekeepers of information, librarians have an awesome responsibility that should be recognized today and always,” said Arie Jongejan, CEO Science & Technology. “As a corporate sponsor of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), Elsevier is pleased to demonstrate its commitment to librarians and all information professionals.”

According to the SLA, ISLD honors the unique contributions made by information professionals by promoting their critical roles in the global information community. The theme for ISLD 2004, "Creating Information Currency," reflects the global contributions of the information community and the value attached to their critical skills to acquire knowledge for their organizations. Created in 1991, ISLD is observed each year during National Library Week.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 33,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).