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Special Libraries Association, Elsevier Announce Education Partnership

:: This news release appeared on the Reed-Elsevier discussion list this morning, as well as the SLA website.

Support from World-Leading STM Publisher Will Help Establish SLA Online University

Alexandria, VA, USA, December 13, 2004 - The Special Libraries Association (SLA) and Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific and medical information, today jointly announced their collaboration in a partnership to support the establishment of the SLA Online University.

At a special briefing today at SLA Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, Elsevier announced that it has made a one-time gift to the SLA Campaign for Professional Development. The contribution will be used specifically to develop the SLA Online University, thereby significantly advancing the professional development of SLA's over 12,000 members.

Janice R. Lachance, Executive Director of SLA, believes Elsevier's commitment sets a standard for the information industry. "We are thrilled with the support Elsevier has shown for our Campaign for Professional Development and, in particular, our Online University. By helping us deliver on the important need of accessible and affordable professional development opportunities, they are directly aiding the growth of information professionals while enhancing the value of membership in SLA."

Inspired by SLA's strategic focus on learning, the concept for the SLA Online University is to serve the continuing education needs of information professionals worldwide. Because of reduced budgets for professional development and travel, many SLA members around the globe lack the ability to participate in person at learning events. Using a technologically advanced learning system, the SLA Online University will give information professionals access to course libraries focusing on development of critical business skills. In addition, the curriculum will comprise custom-designed courses on competencies that are crucial to the profession, such as content management, competitive intelligence, and identifying client needs. SLA also expects to enhance the offerings of the Online University by including discounted access to online learning courses from many leading universities.

Commented John Regazzi, Managing Director, Market Development and CEO for Elsevier, Inc.: "We at Elsevier are very pleased to have the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with SLA and its membership in this way. The innovative technology approach SLA is taking in bringing the Online University to fruition is right in line with our own emphasis on supporting and investing in new technologies, and our "Founding Partner" role in this initiative goes straight to the heart of Elsevier's firm commitment to supporting our customers as true partners."

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