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    Rose Bay NSW 2029 
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    email: infoedge@infoedge.com.au
Elizabeth Swan founded Information Edge Pty Ltd initially as a joint venture with the State Library of NSW in 1989. Since 1996 Information Edge has been an independent private company when she acquired the State Library's interest in the company. 

Elizabeth has had over 25 years experience undertaking online searching of Australian and International databases. Prior to establishing Information Edge, Elizabeth was manager of Australian Consolidated Industries (ACI International) Ltd’s (subsequently BTR Nylex Ltd) corporate information service from 1972 to 1988. Her department was responsible for providing marketing, technical and management information to ACI’s executives worldwide in a wide range of industry sectors. She introduced online searching to ACI in 1976, several years before major libraries such as the National Library, the State Library or CSIRO libraries began using these resources. 

Prior to joining ACI, Elizabeth was an Assistant to the Director of Excerpta Medica, Amsterdam, Librarian at CSIRO Animal Health Research Laboratory, Melbourne, and had various special library positions in the UK and Australia. Her special professional interest is the swift, accurate transfer of knowledge. 

Her research experience therefore spans many industries - manufacturing, packaging, food science, veterinary science, medicine, glass and plastics technology, building products, minerals, architecture. 

Qualifications 

B.A. (Univ of Qld), AALIA (Associate of Australian Library and Information Association); Awards include: The Williamson Award for outstanding contribution to the development of information science in Australia, 1988 and the Maria Gemenis award for special librarianship, 1985

 
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Publications include:

  • The Changing landscape for (research) librarians: from monasteries to phone booths. Paper to be presented to LIANZA Conference, Wellington, NZ, November 2002. 
  • Australian newspaper databases - are they for surfers or searchers? Paper presented at Information Online and On Disc, Sydney, 1997. A modified version of this has been published in Database (US), 20(4) August/September 1997,18-20,22,24,25,26. 
  • Online wizardry in OZ: more is needed for effective information transfer. Paper presented at National Online Meeting, New York, 1991
  • In Super searchers do business: the online secrets of top business researchers, by Mary Ellen Bates, Elizabeth was the first of two Australians in any of the Super searchers series. Medford, USA, CyberAge Books, 1999. 
Professional activities 
  • President of the ALIA Information Specialists Group, Convenor of Information Online, Australia, in 2003, 1989, 1988, member of the ALIA Information Science Section Committee since 1975. Member of AIIP. 

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