1. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd Edition (ed. Levin, Academic Press)

* 1. Elsevier/ Academic Press is currently preparing a new edition of the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. And we want you to be a part of the journey … So thank you for agreeing to participate in our survey. We are pleased to be able to offer either a $25 Amazon gift certificate or $50 voucher for book products on elsevierdirect.com. The winner will be selected at random; only candidates who have filled in the whole survey and who are relevant to the aims and objectives of the survey will be considered. The winner will be contacted via the email address provided.

* 2. Does your library already own a copy of the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 1st edition (2000, print edition, edit. Levin)?

* 3. If your library owns a copy of the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, what is your overall impression (from personal reading or comments from students, colleagues, etc.) of the encyclopedia's content?

* 4. If your library owns a copy of a potentially competing work, what is your overall impression (from personal reading or comments from students, colleagues, etc.) of the content?

* 5. What are you currently using to meet your information needs in this area?

* 6. The Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors for the second edition are listed below. In addition, the second edition will have a board of 25 Editorial Advisors with 50% international representation including members from the University of Oxford and Royal Botanic Gardens, United Kingdom; Kyushu University, Japan; Harvard University, USA; Indian Institute of Science, India; Research Center for Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Management, Australia; American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA; Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; National Science Foundation, Virginia, USA; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; National Research Center of France; and more. What is your opinion of the caliber of the institutions above, and the individuals in this group or of the group as a whole?

Editor in Chief:
Simon Levin
George M. Moffett Professor of Biology
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Acting Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

Associate Editors:
Robert Colwell
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut, USA

Gretchen Daily
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
Director, Center for Conservation Biology
Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Chair, The Natural Capital Project
Stanford University, California, USA

Harold A. Mooney
Professor, Department of Biology
Paul S. Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology
Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment
Stanford University, California, USA

Ernst-Detlef Schulze
Managing Director
Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry
Universitat Bayreuth, Germany

G. David Tilman
Regents' Professor
McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology
Director of Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve
Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
University of Minnesota, USA

* 7. The second edition will have approximately 460 articles, of which approximately 100 (35%) will be new (equivalent of 6 volume printed work). Articles will address a broad range of biodiversity categories. 35% of the content will be completely new, 35% will be heavily revised, and 30% will be lightly revised.

The most significant changes will take place in new areas:

• Energy and biodiversity
• Movement ecology and animal aggregation
• Biodiversity and societies
• Agriculture and Forestry
• Human impacts and human appropriation of resources
• Theories of community organization
• Evolution and biodiversity
• Biodiversity and financial systems
• Biodiversity and governments

Major updates will be made in the following areas:

• Role of institutions and need for new institutions
• Disease, including the effects of climate change
• Conservation biology, including the Census of Marine Life, endangered species and extinctions, marine reserves, natural reserves, botanical gardens and Fisheries.

Keeping in mind the breadth of the work, the added utility of online access, and considering offerings of similar products from competing publishers, what is your opinion of the need for this new edition?

* 8. Given your university or academic institution's need for information, the scope of coverage and international make-up of the editorial board of our proposed work, and your impressions of competing works, how likely would you be to recommend that your librarian purchase the second edition of Encyclopedia of Biodiversity?

* 9. In what form would you be most interested in seeing your librarian purchase this work?

* 10. What do you consider to be the top five research topics relevant to biodiversity since 2000?

* 11. Would you be willing to look at a full table of contents and offer a more comprehensive review for additional compensation?