CRDF Global and its partners have launched the Armenia Virtual Science Library (AVSL), an efficient Internet portal that provides a convenient, single point of access for research articles written by scientists in Armenia and around the world. The launch was held on Nov. 29, 2011 at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern. After the event, 30 librarians participated in the first set of training-of-trainers workshops. An extensive national workshop series is planned in 2012 to assure that users and librarians throughout the country derive full benefit from the system.
The AVSL is the result of a U.S.-Armenian partnership involving the U.S. Department of State, CRDF Global, Armenia’s Ministry of Education and Science, the State Science Committee, and the National Academy of Sciences Fundamental Scientific Library. The AVSL is available from more than 80 universities and research institutions throughout Armenia, and provides a comprehensive means for faculty, students, researchers, laboratory technicians, and technology innovators to explore cutting-edge scientific knowledge.
The Armenia VSL makes more than 10 million documents available to Armenia’s research community from a variety of sources, including Springer Journals and E-books, the Directory of Open-Access Journals, the Fundamental Scientific Library of the Academy of Sciences, ArXiv.org, CalTech University, CiteSeer, Cogprints, Eprints, HighWire Press, Lund University and Ghent University. It will also provide search and download of articles from such collections as JSTOR, OARE, AGORA, HINARI, eIFL, and EBSCO for institutions that hold subscriptions to those journal sets. In addition, Thomson-Reuters will make its Web of Science database nationally available for a three-month trial period beginning in March 2012. The AVSL system can accommodate the addition of new journal subscriptions over time as the needs and interests of Armenia’s research community evolve.
For more information about the Armenia Virtual Science Library and CRDF Global, please visit ArmeniaVSL.org and crdfglobal.org.
About CRDF Global
CRDF Global is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, and training. Its Virtual Science Library Program takes a comprehensive, capacity-building approach to strengthening national digital resources for science and technology. CRDF Global improves access to journal articles and databases; uses innovative open-source technology to provide cutting-edge searching, dissemination of results and platforms for collaboration; provides training-of-trainers to ensure usage and impact and promote research visibility through open-access journals and internationally indexed research repositories.