The purpose of this study is to investigate the developments in resource sharing in Latin America.
The approach is based on research carried out in a number of countries in Latin America financed and supported by a number of organizations, including the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), The International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publication (INASP) and The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC).
Dominance of English language databases, publications and indexing has notably created a barrier for access and entry of Spanish language publications in Latin America. The consortia project encountered barriers of language and infrastructure, conflicts with trade barriers, the value of forming consortia and the values of literacy. Prospects of positive change were noted with engagement in electronic resources.
One of the very few studies of developments in resource sharing in Latin America with an excellent apparatus of Web sites and references.
The results of this research could not occur without the collaboration from Karla Rodriguez Salas of the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica as a facilitator and developer for group activities and Awilda Reyes, West Chester University of Pennsylvania for her workshops and reports in Argentina and Chile. The project is deeply appreciative for the support from the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), the International Availability for Scientific Publications (INASP) and the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC). The greatest credit must go to the leadership within the respective countries of Latin America and the extent of multi-national cooperation to improve access to resources.
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