Elsevier Foundation Announces Grants for Innovative Libraries and New Scholars

    -  Awardees Set Example for Innovation in Developing Countries and the
       Academic Workplace

    NEW YORK, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - The Elsevier Foundation has announced today
that it has committed a total of US$594,000 in grants to thirteen institutions
from around the world in support of initiatives that promote the work of
libraries and scholars in science, technology and medicine. The recipient
programs were selected from over 150 applicants worldwide for their innovation
and potential for impact in the developing world and the academic workplace.
    Six grants have been awarded under the Elsevier Foundation's program for
Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries, which helps libraries build
their capacity to use scientific, technical and medical information to promote
health and economic advancement in the developing world. This year's awardees
include institutions working in Africa, Latin America and Asia to improve
access to scientific information, develop information resources, and train
librarians and researchers on how to use and deploy information for patient
care, health research, HIV/AIDS, disaster preparedness, and agricultural
    Under its New Scholars program, the Elsevier Foundation has awarded seven
grants in support of initiatives that help scholars balance childcare and
family responsibilities during the early stages of their demanding careers in
science and technology. The awardees represent a range of institutions that
are pioneering new approaches to childcare, mentoring, networking and
participation in scholarly meetings.
    "The Elsevier Foundation is always seeking out new ideas and models to
advance the role of science, technology and medicine in addressing critical
human needs," said Y.S. Chi, Vice Chairman of Elsevier. "Whether they are
working to put essential scientific information to work in the developing
world or helping to encourage and support a new generation of scholars, we are
fortunate to have the opportunity to help these committed institutions to
create 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 the
early stages of their careers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded
more than 50 grants worth over a million dollars to non-profit organizations
working in these fields. Through gift-matching, the Foundation also supports
the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their local and
global communities. The Elsevier Foundation is funded by Elsevier, a leading
global publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and

    About Elsevier

    Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and
medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the
global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70
offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per
year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such
as 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 in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed
Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leading publisher
and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal,
education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides
high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing
emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker
symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL
(New York Stock Exchange).

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For further information: please visit http://www.elsevierfoundation.org
or contact: Anna Hogrebe, Corporate Relations, Elsevier, +31(0)20-485-3269,

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