Elsevier Foundation Announces Grants for Innovative Libraries and New Scholars

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NEW YORK, February 13

- Awardees Set Example for Innovation in Developing Countries and theAcademic Workplace

The Elsevier Foundation has announced today that it has committed a totalof US$594,000 in grants to thirteen institutions from around the world insupport of initiatives that promote the work of libraries and scholars inscience, technology and medicine. The recipient programs were selected fromover 150 applicants worldwide for their innovation and potential for impactin the developing world and the academic workplace.

Six grants have been awarded under the Elsevier Foundation's program forInnovative Libraries in Developing Countries, which helps libraries buildtheir capacity to use scientific, technical and medical information topromote health and economic advancement in the developing world. This year'sawardees include institutions working in Africa, Latin America and Asia toimprove access to scientific information, develop information resources, andtrain librarians and researchers on how to use and deploy information forpatient care, health research, HIV/AIDS, disaster preparedness, andagricultural development.

Under its New Scholars program, the Elsevier Foundation has awarded sevengrants in support of initiatives that help scholars balance childcare andfamily responsibilities during the early stages of their demanding careers inscience and technology. The awardees represent a range of institutions thatare pioneering new approaches to childcare, mentoring, networking andparticipation in scholarly meetings.

"The Elsevier Foundation is always seeking out new ideas and models toadvance the role of science, technology and medicine in addressing criticalhuman needs," said Y.S. Chi, Vice Chairman of Elsevier. "Whether they areworking to put essential scientific information to work in the developingworld or helping to encourage and support a new generation of scholars, weare fortunate to have the opportunity to help these committed institutions tocreate new solutions to some of the world's most important challenges."

The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to institutions around the world,with a focus on support for the world's libraries and for scholars in theearly stages of their careers. Since its inception, the Foundation hasawarded more than 50 grants worth over a million dollars to non-profitorganizations working in these fields. Through gift-matching, the Foundationalso supports the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role intheir local and global communities. The Elsevier Foundation is funded byElsevier, a leading global publisher of scientific, technical and medicalinformation products and services.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical andmedical information products and services. Working in partnership with theglobal science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books peryear, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, suchas ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult(http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus (http://www.info.scopus.com/),bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered inAmsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part ofReed Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leadingpublisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical,legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provideshigh-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasingemphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's tickersymbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK andENL (New York Stock Exchange).For more informat

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