Sabre is developing a World Wide Web inter-active resource site on book donation programs and agencies world-wide. The site will cover subject specialization, geographical focus and contact information.
Pilot Document Delivery Service. With a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Sabre and Prague-based "Plantnet" are implementing a pilot document delivery service in Eastern Europe. "Plantnet", a project of the Prague Institute of Advanced Studies, includes scientists working in plant biology, agriculture, environment, medicine and ecology. Documents will be ordered via the Internet and sent to the pilot sites over the Internet, by fax, or mail.
CD-ROM Project for Digital Preservation. With a grant from the Ukrainian Studies Fund, Sabre staff are exploring the feasibility of a low-cost and portable digital camera/CD-ROM recordable module that can be used for preserving archival materials. This pilot project focuses on research, technical advising, hardware and software purchase, and content indexing.
The Ukraine: FAQ Plus archive has greatly expanded its subject range from Business/Commerce, Culture, and Publications to Economics, Law, Language and History. The archive is currently sponsoring World Wide Web "Homepages" for a number of institutions including the Ukrainian Legal Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine.
URL for Ukraine: FAQ Plus: http://www.sabre.org/UKRAINE.html
Training on Internet Resources and Tools. Sabre continues to provide Internet training for overseas clients at the Sabre office in Cambridge. Such services are being expanded to include in-country training abroad as funding becomes available. Examples follow:
Internet Training in Ukraine. Sabre is assisting the Lviv State University in initiating a "training of Internet trainers" program at the University. Specific activities include: development of training modules for students, faculty, researchers and administrators; compilation and translation into Ukrainian of training materials on Internet usage; development of manuals for the "training of trainers"; on-going technical support; and purchase of specific computer hardware components and software. Funding has been provided by USAID through the Eurasia Foundation.
U.S.- Based Internet Training. Sabre, in collaboration with the Computer Center at the University of Kiev-Mohyla Academy, is developing a U.S. based "training of Internet trainers" module tailored to specific user groups. In this project, participants will take professional training development courses, specific Internet-oriented courses and visit sites involved in Internet technologies, services and training. This training module will allow participants to experience first-hand the benefits of public access to information and the integration of the Internet in all spheres of a market society.
Training on Law Resources on the Internet. As part of a larger library development and technical assistance project with the Ukrainian Legal Foundation (funded by US AID through ARD/Checchi), Sabre is conducting Kyiv-based training workshops on accessing legal materials available on the Internet.
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