Elsevier’s Library Journals Provide New Resource to HINARI and AGORA’s Information Professionals

Amsterdam, April 10, 2006 - Elsevier is pleased to announce that its extensive range of library and information science journals are now accessible to professionals in developing countries through HINARI, the World Health Organization’s HealthInterNetwork and AGORA, the United Nation’s Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture programs. With over 900 journals in HINARI (and 230 in AGORA), Elsevier represents 30% of HINARI’s annual 3.3 million downloads and is proud to be one of the founding publishers of both initiatives.

The addition of Elsevier’s 14 library and information journals to HINARI and AGORA ensures that professionals across 1,800 higher education and research institutes in 105 developing countries will benefit from leading resources such as Information Processing & Management, International Information & Library Review, Journal of Academic Librarianship, Library Collections, Acquisitions & Technical Services, and Serials Review.

Tony McSeán, Elsevier’s Director of Library Relations and a former medical librarian commented, “HINARI and AGORA is a vital resource for clinicians and researchers in the developing world. Elsevier and other leading scientific publishers are providing information resources free of charge which match those available in the European and North American hospitals. Getting the most from these services is a challenge to all medical librarians, and we hope that these 14 titles will make a major contribution to the professional development of staff within HINARI and AGORA libraries.”

“We are delighted that these key library and information journals will help to meet the professional needs of librarians serving doctors and researchers throughout the developing world--ensuring the best possible use of the public health materials in HINARI and AGORA’s vast virtual libraries,” noted Martin Tanke, Managing Director, Journal Publishing, Science & Technology, Elsevier. “It is with pleasure that we can report that HINARI is the 8th largest user of ScienceDirect and in the last year the total number of article downloads by HINARI libraries has moved ahead of many major European and US research universities.”

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The Health InterNetwork was created to bridge the “information divide” in health, ensuring that relevant information – and the technologies to deliver it – are widely available and effectively used by health personnel, including professionals, policy makers, researchers and scientists. Launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations in September 2000 and led by the World Health Organization, the Health InterNetwork has brought together public and private partners under the principle of ensuring equitable access to health information. The core elements of the project are content, Internet connectivity and capacity building.

The Health InterNetwork provides a vast library of the latest and best information on public health: more then 2.000 scientific publications and one of the world’s largest collections of biomedical literature. This collection is available through the efforts of WHO, together with the six biggest biomedical publishers: Blackwell, Elsevier Science, the Harcourt Worldwide STM Group, Wolters KluwerInternational Health & Science, Springer Verlag and John Wiley. It has been described by WHO Director-General Dr.Gro Harlem Brundtland as “perhaps the biggest step ever taken toward reducing the health information gap between rich and poor countries.

AGORA (Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture) was founded in 2003 by the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization to provide free or very low cost access to journals in the agriculture, biological, environmental and social sciences. AGORA aims to provide to researchers, policy-makers, educators, and students in developing countries with vital research that will ultimately help to increase crop yields and food security. The founding publishers of AGORA are: Blackwell Publishing; CABI Publishing; Elsevier; Kluwer Academic Publishers; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; Nature Publishing Group; Oxford University Press; Springer Verlag; and John Wiley and Sons. Funding and support is also provided by Cornell University Mann Library, Rockefeller Foundation, the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the United States Agency for International Development. For more information, visit http://www.aginternetwork.org, or contact the AGORA program team at the FAO onAGORA@fao.org.

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