World's largest information consortium created

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 June 2000




(2000), "World's largest information consortium created", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 28 No. 2.



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World's largest information consortium created

World's largest information consortium created

Keywords Academic libraries, Referencing, Journal publishing, Electronic publishing

The world's largest information consortium, Electronic Information For Libraries Direct (EIFL Direct) has been created. This initiative is a result of a joint project between the Open Society Institute (OSI), a part of the Soros foundation network, and EBSCO Publishing, a provider of reference resources.

Libraries in 39 countries will have access to a wealth of electronic full-text scholarly journals. These countries include 17 from Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, 20 from Southern Africa as well as Guatemala and Haiti. The libraries involved are all academic, non-corporate research, medical, national and public libraries.

Members will have access to over 3,200 full-text journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as over 1,300 brochures and reference books. The subject matter involved includes humanities, social sciences, education, business and medicine. The databases will be accessed via the Web, CD-Rom, or DVD-ROM depending upon the available technology at each institution.

Many of the countries involved have had very little access to international electronic full-text journals. This new initiative should greatly increase this access.

Source: Information Management Report

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