Tony McSeán Elected Chair of CILIP Council

Amsterdam, April 12, 2006 - CILIP and Elsevier, a leading global scientific publisher, are delighted to announce the appointment of Tony McSeán, Elsevier's, Director of Library Relations, as the Chair of CILIP Council for 2006/7. 

CILIP's Councillors serve as trustees and meet three times per year to discuss major issues of library and information policy, resource allocation and the management of the Institute itself. As Council they scrutinise the work of various committees covering professional education, best practice, policy development and CILIP Enterprises.

With over 30 years of experience in university, national, special and medical libraries, Tony McSeán, Director of Library Relations at Elsevier since 2004, has been a member of the CILIP (and formerly Library Association) Council for the past eight years. He has served on the Board of the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) since 1992-as Treasurer and Secretary, and twice as President. Tony is currently chairing a committee to establish professional accreditation for European health librarians and has spoken and published widely on library matters. 

"I believe that CILIP should play an irreplaceable part in our professional lives - as the guardian of standards in the services we provide, and of the skills we need to acquire in order to provide them. It needs to develop a secure financial future and a role in an increasingly diverse information profession" noted Tony McSeán, "Through its secretariat CILIP plays a direct role in both these activities, but far more important is its focussing of members' activity nationally, and through the network of groups and branches that drive specialist and regional activity."

In welcoming Tony McSeán's election as Chair of CILIP Council, Bob McKee, Chief Executive of CILIP, commented, "The Chair of Council is an important position not only in facilitating effective decision-making within the Institute but also as as an Honorary Officer of CILIP and leader within the profession more generally. I look forward to the energy, commitment and knowledge that Tony will bring to this role and the crucial contribution he will make to addressing the challenges and opportunities that face CILIP".

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers in the UK. It forms a community of around 35,000 people engaged in library and information work, of whom around 23,000 are CILIP members and around 12,000 are regular customers of CILIP Enterprises.

CILIP members work in all sectors, including business and industry, science and technology, further and higher education, schools, local and central government, the health service, the voluntary sector, national and public libraries. For more information about CILIP, please go to

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 25,000 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).

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