Autumn 2000 (8.3)
to the Web
National Akhundov Library opened its brand-new Internet Hall
on July 18, 2000, making it the first State library to offer
access to the Internet. The project was the brainchild of Director
Leyla Gafurova, who approached the Eurasia Foundation in 1998
and applied for grants for renovation, equipment and training
Via seven IBM computers, patrons now have access to other libraries
and Web sites and can print out information that they need. The
service, which is restricted to educational purposes, costs users
half that of Baku's local Internet clubs. In the future, Gafurova
intends to post library catalogs on the Internet along with books
Azerbaijan's Medical University has also acquired access to the
Internet, enabling doctors and scientific researchers to begin
to make up for lost time brought on by isolation and economic
restraints after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Free access
is available at the University's Medical Information Center (MIC).
Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) facilitated this project
by supplying $160,000 worth of equipment.
Contact: Azerbaijan Medical University in Baku at 98-75-36.
More: Akhundov Library is featured in Summer
(AI 8.2) and Azerbaijan's Medical University is described in
3.4). SEARCH at AZER.com.
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