As Haiti continues to rebuild in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Springer Science+Business Media is granting 15,000 students and researchers in the devastated country access to its online platform SpringerLink. Springer provides them with scientific content from approximately 2,000 research-level scientific journals including French-language editions and the state-of-the-art book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science and Lecture Notes in Mathematics. Access to journal articles and eBook content ranges from the current year back to 1997.
The digital library project in Haiti is being set up by Bibliothèques sans Frontières (BSF) in partnership with the State University of Haiti. In total, 23 international publishing partners support this initiative to provide immediate and easy access to electronic information resources.
Access to Springer content is temporarily free of charge as ‘help for self-help’ to all users of the State University of Haiti for an initial period from 2011 to 2013. Thereafter, Springer will undertake a thorough review of the usage and impact this access has had for all the users in Haiti.
“Bibliothèques sans Frontières should be highly commended for establishing this ‘pantheon’ of science in Haiti, which will be of insurmountable value to all students, teachers, doctors, researchers and other academics in the whole country. We wish Haiti every future success in the rebuilding of their country,” said Alan Harris, Licensing Manager Developing Country Initiatives at Springer.