Yet Another Reason to Love the NLM: Emergency Access Initiative

I just caught up and noticed this…and think it is brilliant.

http://eai.nlm.nih.gov/

The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) is a partnership of the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers. EAI provides free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public in the United States affected by disasters.

Of course, I won’t be using this because I’m not doing anything related to the disaster in Haiti- but the NLM deserves all kinds of attention and praise for doing this, as do contributing publishers:

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.

2 thoughts on “Yet Another Reason to Love the NLM: Emergency Access Initiative

  1. They’ve been working on this for quite some time — this is the first opportunity to roll it out. The long-term goal is to have established protocols in place so that they can activate this kind of service immediately whenever a disaster situation calls for it. Very cool.