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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September, 1998
CONTACT: Tania Vitvitsky, Sabre Foundation (617) 868-3510

SABRE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SEMINARS

In keeping with the reality that, increasingly, information the world over is disseminated via electronic means, the Sabre Foundation, a non-profit in Cambridge, Mass., specializing in donating educational materials to developing countries, has formally launched its Information Technology Seminars (ITS) program at Sabre's new training center. This program builds upon Sabre's previous training projects.

Now, scholars, researchers, and students from countries in transition can receive individual or group customized training lasting from one day to one month tailored to their specific professional needs and command of English. Also, through 1999 eligible training center clients will pay no fees, saving an estimated $350 per day per trainee. Participants (or organizations sponsoring their U.S. visits) need only pay for accommodation and travel to Boston.

Sabre's comprehensive training seminars provide instruction in Internet applications and other information technologies as well as CD-ROM utilization. Included are site visits and meetings with professional counterparts which complement training sessions and take advantage of the Boston area's wealth of resources. "Through the site visits, clients see how their training integrates into the context of Western information infrastructures," says Rebecca Schneider, Sabre's Reference Librarian and ITS trainer. "It becomes both practical and applicable." For an additional charge, Sabre can arrange appropriate continuing education and professional development classes at area institutions.

Trainees have received instruction in their areas of interest including journalism, library studies, plant biology, law, strategic studies, and training for trainers. Sabre also conducts training programs on a fees basis outside the U.S., tailored to group size, skill level and specific needs.

Through its training projects, Sabre Foundation has trained scholars from Lviv Theological Academy and Ivan Franko Lviv State University in Western Ukraine, the Prague Institute of Advanced Studies in the Czech Republic, and medical institutions in Croatia and Slovenia. Ukrainian students at the Harvard University summer school have participated in Sabre trainings for the third consecutive year.

Since the opening of the new training center, trainees have included professionals from The Peoples' Republic of China and Ukraine. Sabre's new computer facilities provide Internet access via a dedicated leased line and can serve up to eight participants. Larger groups can be accommodated with advance notice. Sabre's offices and training center are conveniently located between the campuses of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sabre Foundation has been most active in the area of book donation. Says Sabre Project Director Tania Vitvitsky, "Some will argue, 'who needs books anymore?' But it's not an either/or. Sabre recognizes that books and technology are both important, particularly in the countries we serve." Sabre sends over three million books to people in need in over 50 countries around the world. While working primarily in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, recent Sabre initiatives include programs for Africa, Mongolia, Brazil, Grenada and Tibetan refugee schools in India.

For more information about the training program contact Kimberly Bartlett by e-mail at kim@sabre.org, telephone at (617) 868-3510, or fax at (617) 868-7916. Information, including an application for participation, can also be found at Sabre's web site (http://www.sabre.org).


Sabre Foundation, Inc., founded in 1969, works to build free institutions and to examine the ideals that sustain them. Its largest current project makes millions of dollars' worth of donated new books available to needy individuals in developing and transitional societies worldwide through non-governmental partner organizations, libraries, universities, schools, research organizations and other similar institutions. In its newest initiative, Library and Information Technology Services, Sabre helps organizations in these regions take advantage of rapidly evolving Internet and related information technologies. Sabre also sponsors domestic and international symposia, and philosophical publications which explore the nature and accountability of free institutions. Sabre is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and is registered as a Private Voluntary Organization with the U.S. Agency for International Development.