What Erik Toussaint reads

Published on
February 23, 2010

In this newsletter we didn't ask a scientist for his or her view for once but Erik Toussaint, Head of Communications for the Plant Sciences Group (PSG) at Wageningen UR. PSG is a collaboration of Plant Research International (PRI), Applied Plant Research and Wageningen University, Plant Sciences.

In addition to having studied communications, this PSG employee has a scientific background as an HPE-trained chemical and botanical analyst. In his work he is interested in current developments and innovations in science. He also actively monitors how much, where and how the Plant Sciences Group is mentioned in the press. He explains, “Insight into media attention stimulates me but also the PSG employees to get even more press." PSG is a Sciences Group that appears almost daily in the news with much talked-about reports. If it’s not a report about the purple (extra healthy) tomato, then it’s certainly one about the rose tomato.

The 50-year-old Toussaint regularly uses the digital library. “I read articles, especially those that PSG has published. Moreover, we link our PPO and PRI internet sites to the library’s information. In other words, our clients can find what we do because of the library’s work.” Erik’s office is in Radix, the building opposite Forum. Although he is often in Forum for meetings, he never goes to the library. “I think it’s good that the library exists. A physical library is definitely inspiring and that also applies to a printed book in comparison to an e-book. But, I don’t give myself the time for it."

Erik doesn’t know what the digital library offers besides journal articles. “I do notice that the library does its best to come across as up-to-date and progressive, but I seldom read the library news." Maybe that´s one of the reasons for the following comment: “The digital library perhaps contains a lot of information, but the site isn't inviting. It doesn't stimulate me to look further and sometimes I lose my way when I'm searching."

(Newsletter 2-2010)