SPARC Europe announces new Director

Press Release, SPARC Europe appoints new Director

SPARC Europe, the alliance of European research libraries, library organisations and research institutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Director.

Astrid van Wesenbeeck has been appointed and will initially start working with SPARC Europe part-time from 15th June and full‐time from 12 July 2010. Astrid will take over from Dr David Prosser who was recently appointed Director of Research Libraries UK (RLUK).

Astrid van Wesenbeeck

The chair of SPARC Europe, Bas Savenije, says “It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of our new Director. We believe that Astrid has the necessary skills and background to continue SPARC Europe’s significant work for European research libraries, library organisations and research institutions. The SPARC Europe Board of Directors and I very much look forward to working with Astrid”.

Astrid is currently Project manager and publishing consultant at IGITUR, Utrecht Publishing & Archiving Services at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She has broad experience in the publishing of Open Access journals, as well as in project management. Astrid will be based at the SPARC Europe Secretariat, which is kindly hosted by the National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) in The Hague.

Members of SPARC Europe will have the opportunity to meet Astrid at the SPARC Europe Members Meeting in Aarhus, Denmark from 29th June to the 2nd July 2010.

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