Magazine article Information Today

Executive Profile

Magazine article Information Today

Executive Profile

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Nowadays, with increasing consolidation in the marketplace, libraries need to make smart technology decisions to ensure that their solutions remain viable in the long term, according to NEIL BLOCK, the new VP of discovery innovation for academic libraries at EBSCO Information Services. "As a librarian," he says, "I like to see solid partnerships between vendors--even those that compete with one another--to provide libraries with the best possible solutions."

Block, a former president of Innovative, joined EBSCO earlier this year. As a 25-year veteran of the information industry, he has worked at multiple technology companies in the library field.

At EBSCO, Block will focus on EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), the company's flagship technology product. "This role allows me to act as an advocate for EDS, both internally at EBSCO and externally in the library community," he says. "We want to have a conversation with academic libraries using older discovery solutions, as well as those libraries considering a discovery decision to help us determine how library discovery should evolve in the future. …

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