MLA Awarded Elsevier Grant to Train Librarians in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Training initiative will be based upon HINARI



Chicago – December 22, 2006 - The Medical Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an $80,000 grant from one of its corporate partners, Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical books and journals, to train librarians in the African, Asian, and Latin American continents. This is a joint program co-sponsored by Librarians Without Borders ™: a global initiative of the Medical Library Association and Elsevier.

The Elsevier grant is earmarked for 2007 HINARI/AGORA/OARE (HOA) related training workshops. The grant will be used to fund 8 on-site workshops, one distance education course and the development of new training modules. This e-library training initiative will be based upon HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative) training materials. The HINARI program, a collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO) and major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. It is one of the principal projects designed to bridge the health information gap between developing and industrialized countries.

"Local training has proven to increase usage of the research and I am confident that this program in conjunction with MLA will provide better access to HINARI/AGORA/OARE for the researchers and students in developing countries" commented Tony McSean, Elsevier’s Director of Library Relations.

MLA established the Librarians Without Borders ™ program to strengthen its role and commitment to global health information. The Librarians Without Borders ™ Website, which will feature MLA’s international policy, programs, and activities, will debut on MLANET in the coming months.

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About the Medical Library Association
MLA is a nonprofit, educational organization with more than 4,500 health sciences information professional members worldwide. Founded in 1898, MLA provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledgebase of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the health care community and the public.

About HINARI
HINARI (Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative), is a UN-based initiative providing online access to the major journals of the biomedical and related social science fields, without charge, to public institutions in developing countries.

About AGORA
AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture), established by the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization provides researchers, policy makers, educators, technical workers and extension specialists with access to high quality information in agriculture and related fields.

About OARE
OARE (Online Access to Research in the Environment), is managed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Yale University in association with the International Association of Science, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), 35 leading science and technology publishers and 100 of the world’s most prestigious scientific societies, associations, and foundations.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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