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NLM Interested in Feedback on Emergency Access Initiative

The Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) managed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will end free access for Haiti earthquake response on Friday, March 19, 2010. The Initiative will have been active for 8 weeks since soon after the Haiti earthquake, thanks to the generous participation of several publishers.

EAI ( provides temporary free access to online journals and e-books for users affected by a disaster. The primary goal is to provide a temporary collection replacement for users whose normal access to biomedical literature is unavailable through the destruction of infrastructure at the site of a disaster. It also serves as a resource to medical personnel deployed to those areas.

NLM is interested in any feedback you have on the EAI project. In particular, they are interested in feedback from medical personnel that were deployed to Haiti or other disaster event; or from library staff supporting those personnel. They would like feedback on the project itself, the web site, and the content. They are very interested to hear stories from Haiti responders and others who may have benefited from having access to these books and journals. Also, if you needed access and were unable to get it or didn’t know about EAI until now, please let them know. Comments may be sent to through NLM’s customer service form at or emailed to

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