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National Library of Medicine Teams with Medical Library Network and American Publishers to Provide Free Reference Materials to Haiti

The National Library of Medicine, in partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and members of the Professional & Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers and other publishers, announces the availability of free full-text articles from over 200 biomedical journals and over 65 select reference books for medical teams responding to the earthquake in Haiti and the libraries supporting their efforts.

The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) collection consists of common biomedical journal titles and reference books, and emergency medicine-related titles. EAI serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for healthcare personnel responding to a specific disaster.

"Although the project was set up to assist libraries affected by disasters in the United States, NLM and the publishers are activating the EAI now, for the first time ever, in light of the medical disaster unfolding in Haiti," noted NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg. "It's hard to imagine a more urgent need."

Participating publishers are:  American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Physicians, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People's Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley, and Wolters Kluwer.

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