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Science and Technology Libraries Section

Survey of Scientific and Technological Information Needs in Less-Developed and Developing Countries

Scope Statemen

This Web site brings together journal articles, publications, reports, conference proceedings, research, and Web sites on the needs of scientific and technological libraries in less-developed and developing countries. The literature survey includes both the activities of scientific and technological libraries as well as the needs of scientists and technologists and the implication on libraries. Due to its multi-disciplinary nature and the number of publications, this survey cannot include all relevant literature; its aim is to include representative literature covering all pertinent aspects and disciplines. Geographic coverage includes Africa, Asia, and South America. Languages concentrate on the five official IFLA languages: English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. The literature search focuses on the fields of library and information science, and the subject disciplines of computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, and geology. Year of publication goes back retrospectively as far as 1990. When available, links have been provided to fulltext documents. In most cases only bibliographic citations will be given, but in some, abstracts are included with the permission of the database producer, such as Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) and ERIC.

This is intended to be an ongoing project with additional material being added from suggestions from either section members, IFLA members, or others. For future searching, search history and strategies are available using the Search History link. Please email your suggestions to Tovah_Reis@Brown.edu.

This Web site was created at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts by Linda Watkins, GSLIS Librarian, with the assistance of GSLIS students Philip Melnick and Patrick Otton.