Derek Eaton's Library

Published on
July 6, 2008

Derek Eaton is a researcher in the department of International Trade and Development at the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) in The Hague. Derek is a daily user of the digital library. He is extremely satisfied with library's quality and mostly finds what he is looking for: "The organisation of the electronic access system for journals and articles works easily and efficiently. This applies not only to electronic journals but also to ordering articles online. Because I work in The Hague, it’s also quite handy that I can so easily borrow a book from a library in Wageningen."

The 42-year-old researcher can sometimes be found in the Leeuwenborch Library in Wageningen and regularly goes to the new LEI library: "The new library area is more pleasant than the one in the old building, especially because of its open character and atmosphere. The new library is also inviting because when I arrive or leave, I have to walk past it. Because of this, it's a bit restless in the library." Derek, who studied environmental economy at University College London, regularly passes on suggestions to LEI's information centre. He finds that he too often has to request social science books from other institutions (e.g., those found through PiCarta). In his opinion, these types of publications should be available in Wageningen UR's library. "As far as I'm concerned, we should, for example, have all of the Elsevier handbooks of economics digitally available."

Derek still has one wish: "The library has supported EndNote users for a long time now. A growing group of researchers here work with an open source alternative, Zotero, which also offers other functionalities. I think it would be a good idea if the library also started supporting this, and then I especially think of the benefits for students."

    (newsletter 4-2008)