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#419286 - 10/20/11 01:25 PM Nationwide Access To EBSCO
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We caught up with Faber at a Ministry of Education event this morning which was held to launch the local availability of a service called EBSCO.

That is a Publishing group which hosts an electronic service for students and researchers which compiles 40,000 full text publications from over 14 different EBSCO databases. These include indexing, abstracts and full text for thousands of journals in biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion and theology to name a few subject areas.

Unlimited access will be provided to all the schools, libraries and citizens. Faber says you can access it right at home on your internet!

Hon. Patrick Faber - Minister of Education
"EBSCO is now available in Belize, and this is one of the search databases that is used across the world - in many Universities, one of the larger one that can be accessed. And what is happening here today is that the Government of Belize is making this available to every single member of the Belizean population, every member. Every person who lives in this country, who can make their way to a library, or who has internet access in their homes, or who can utilize the services in a school, can access the EBSCO database, can research journal articles, can research magazines for a number of years, can access to all of this now, so that they can use it as a basis of coming up with good, solid research that can be used to develop our nation of Belize. This is unprecedented. They will not have to pay for it. The Government pays one subscription, and once you sign up, you can log in at the centers, at home, or wherever you have internet access. That is a tremendous accomplishment, and I think that nobody can argue with that."

EBSCO will also provide on-site training to help schools and libraries navigate the huge database.

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#419407 - 10/21/11 03:07 PM Re: Nationwide Access To EBSCO [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

EBSCO is said to be the world's most-used reference resource. It is a customizable, intuitive search experience designed to cater to user needs and preferences at every level of research, with over 300 full text and secondary databases available. The Ministry of Education and Youth along with the National Library Service and Information Systems has partnered with EBSCO Publishing. Eric Block from EBSCO outlines the various ways that the database of information will be able to assist individuals.

Erick Block, EBSCO Representative

Today marks a memorable day, as we join in the official launch of the nationwide EBSCO (Electronic Database Subscription) that will provide an extensive online bibliographic library, composed of over twenty-thousand publications including books, journals, magazines, newspapers and other sources. These resources are the same resources that the top academic institutions, universities, schools, companies and government ministries use throughout the world and they are now available for all Belizean citizens. EBSCO has a thirty year history of partnering with organizations, schools, companies and nations in this region and we are very proud to be a part of this endeavor. This endeavor will provide access to information readily available and this is something that is fundamental for the growth of any nation and its people.

The new database will provide access to all academic, vocational and public library institutions in Belize which includes access to over 40,000 full text publications from over 14 different EBSCO databases. Hon. Patrick Faber says he had been trying to get cabinetís approval on this new initiative and now the government has paid the one year subscription that will benefit all Belizeans.

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education and Youth

The challenge is now for us in our schools and our institutions and I mean not just educational ones, I also mean government, businesses and other entities to begin to use this tremendous new resource that has been afforded to us through the efforts of our government to allow our citizens to participate in navigating and contributing to this information age and to our development as a nation. As the video just highlighted, the world economy is fast becoming an information-based economy where things change rapidly. If we are to be competitive in this age, we need to be information literate. Today we take a small step with this launch; it is up to all of us here and across this nation to begin this giant step for Belize. Let us realize the possibilities that surround us.

EBSCO will provide on-site training so that schools and libraries can maximize the content available in the resources. Teachers, Students and the general public will also be able to access indexing and abstracts and full text in subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Psychology, Religion and Theology, just to name a few subjects.

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