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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Libraries around the world support Open Access to critical research from developing countries

Bioline International membership campaign update

Just six months after launching its international membership and sponsorship campaign, Bioline International is pleased to welcome York University Libraries as the newest sponsor and supporting member for 2009.

York University Libraries joined other Canadian institutions such as Simon Fraser University Library, University of Guelph Library and University of Ottawa Library as both a sponsor and a supporting member in March, 2009.

Other sponsors include the Open Society Institute, Science Commons, and the J.
Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

Bioline's new sponsorship program, announced in November 2008, gives organizations and institutions the opportunity to make a bold statement for open access to the research published in developing countries.

These special funding contributions are helping Bioline to make the transition to a membership supported system, without compromising their commitment to ensuring sustainable, reliable access to the 70 journals from 16 countries distributed through the Bioline website. An expanded membership base will enable the addition of quality peer-reviewed scientific journals from other parts of the world.

Response to the call for members to provide Bioline with a sustainable funding base into the future has been well received. Despite the global economic crisis, Bioline is pleased to announce that 18 organizations have already signed on as Bioline members.

For a small annual fee ($500 USD), libraries and organizations can join Canadian institutions such as Grant MacEwan College, the IDRC Library, Libraries & Cultural Resources at University of Calgary, York University Libraries, University of Guelph Library, University of Manitoba Library and University of Ottawa Library, all of whom are already supporting Bioline with yearly membership.

Support from American organizations has also been strong. Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University, Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, University of Iowa Libraries, University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries and Penn State University Libraries have joined as members, while a number of other organizations and library consortia have expressed an interest.

In Europe, Ghent University Library, Lund University Libraries, the World Health Organization Headquarters Library and the Wellcome Library have all joined Bioline as supporting members. Other international members now include the Main Library at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and the University of Hong Kong Libraries.

A full list of members and sponsors, as well as individual contributors, can be seen at:

Over the next few months, we hope that many more libraries will include Bioline International membership into their acquisition plans. Our many publishing partners are grateful for your support as are the Bioline staff, students and volunteers at the University of Toronto Scarborough and our partner at the Centro de Referência em Informação Ambiental in Brazil, who has been providing technology support for Bioline since 1993.

To become a member of Bioline International now, please visit:

For more information visit the Bioline International web site:
http://www.bioline.org.br/ or email Leslie Chan at chan@utsc.utoronto.ca


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