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January 10, 2005 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Info Pros Join Tsunami Relief Effort

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) announced it has created a new initiative to energize its global membership in response to the devastating tsunami that hit southern Asia and caused an overwhelming loss of life and property on Dec. 26, 2004. The initiative seeks donations for the relief effort and material support for libraries. More information is available online at http://www.sla.org/tsunami.

Staff members at SLA headquarters are working to develop an information clearinghouse for the global community represented by SLA. With more than 12,000 members in 83 countries—including those nations affected by the tsunami—the potential impact of SLA support is enormous. The effort will focus on two critical areas of need:

  • Providing direction to members and SLA chapter/division leaders who seek options for immediate financial support for the disaster-relief effort. A collection of contacts for government-approved relief agencies and charities that are committed to the relief effort is now available online. SLA information services staff selected lists from the governments of the top 5 nations most populated by SLA members, plus the nations affected by this awful natural disaster.
  • Serving as a conduit for a) educating members of our community on the needs of libraries in the affected region for the purpose of rebuilding or restoration; and b) directing information, resources, and expertise to persons in the affected region who will guide library rebuilding or restoration. This will be developed over the first several months of 2005 so that an effective collection of resources can be made available.

Source: Special Libraries Association (SLA)



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