by Barbara Brynko
The other day, Deborah Poulson, our editorial services manager, stopped by my office with an envelope in hand. It was a one-of-a-kind wedding invitation from her cousin: The heavy ivory paper stock was mounted on a thin wooden base, trimmed with a red border, and accented with a white stencil design on the back. It was beautiful, but what caught our attention was one of the small inserts in the invitation. It was a QR code for guest RSVPs. We couldn’t help but marvel at the creativity.
It’s not every day that we encounter such innovation, whether in small or large packages. When we do, it’s a reason to celebrate. That’s one of the reasons Information Today is launching its all-new Information Today Innovators awards program this fall. The IT Innovators awards program is destined to showcase the best and brightest products, services, and technology in the information industry. Stay tuned for more about the awards.
In the meantime, this issue is devoted to highlighting innovations for academic communities, from “Etextbooks: Coming of Age” on page 1 to “High-Tech Classrooms” on page 34. There’s also a profile of Jose Luis Andrade, president of Swets North America, who offers insights into the challenges of an information services company today. And to round out the features, Richard Poynder tackles “The Big Deal,” beginning on page 1, with commentary and analysis from key players and industry experts. And there’s plenty more from cover to cover. Let me know what you think.
— Barbara Brynko