Elsevier appoints Gwen Evans, Vice President, Global Library Relations
New York, February 26, 2020
Elsevier, a global leader in information analytics, specializing in science and health, today announced that it has appointed Gwen Evans to the role of Vice President, Global Library Relations.
Evans will join Elsevier on March 2, and will continue to shape Elsevier’s commitment to better serve libraries with the development of programs that foster greater understanding and collaboration with the librarian community. She will lead multi-stakeholder engagement efforts, including exploring the role of the library in the research process, research data management, patron education, and digital preservation.
“It’s an exciting time to start this new role as the scholarly eco-system is amid a significant period of change and research needs continue to evolve,” stated Evans. “I will be working closely with librarians, researchers and my colleagues at Elsevier to ensure we collectively shape the future and support the mission of libraries as an indispensable component — their seat at the table can’t be underestimated.”
Evans was previously the Executive Director of OhioLINK, Ohio’s academic library consortium and state agency under the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Her leadership at OhioLINK, helped deliver the creation of a statewide library-led initiative for affordable textbooks, focusing on a hybrid approach of supporting Open Educational Resources; library resources as no-cost-to-students textbook alternatives; and groundbreaking statewide price agreements with major commercial textbook publishers. As Chair of the OhioLINK Digital Resource Management Committee, Evans spearheaded the successful nominations for the Digital Resource Commons to receive the American Libraries Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy Cutting Edge Technology in Library Services Award, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant.
“Gwen is a global leader in the library community, and I’m delighted she brings broad experience with multiple library frameworks and coalitions to this critically important role,” said Ann Gabriel, Senior Vice President, Global Academic Relations, Elsevier. “Her extensive experience and strong relationships will give Elsevier a greater understanding of the multi-faceted challenges librarians face, so that we can develop innovative solutions together.”
Evans has more than twenty years of experience working in libraries, including as an associate professor of library information and emerging technologies at Bowling Green State University, the John Crerar Science Library at the University of Chicago, Mt. Holyoke College Library and Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor. She has extensive experience with library technology, including institutional repositories, journal and e-book platforms, and integrated library systems. Evans takes up her new role with Elsevier following the retirement of Jean P. Shipman who previously held the position.
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com