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HeLLIS in Sri Lanka:
Written by D C Kuruppu   
Sunday, 17 February 2008

About HELLIS Network in Sri Lanka:

HELLIS - Health Literature Libraries and Information Services network is a consortium of Health Libraries in the South-East Asian Region.

HELLIS was founded in 1980 by WHO SEARO (World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia), to fulfill a long felt need for providing easy access to health information to those  who are in need. Sri Lanka was one of the founder members, and the HELLIS National Network, which started with five member libraries, has expanded enormously during the past three decades. Since its inception, the national network has been considered the most active resource-sharing network in Sri Lanka. This is due to the dedication and hard work by librarians and staff of member libraries and their commitment to resource sharing in order to provide users with greater access to medical and health related information globally.

 One of the major importances of the Network:

Libraries have always involved in acquiring, organizing and dissemination of information to cater to the needs of their users. National health science institutions give priority to the development of medical and health related collection depending on their aims and objectives. Growths of collection have been very slow due to the high prices of books and periodicals. Shrinking budgets and the decreasing value of local currency against the US$ and Sterling Pound, Libraries in Sri Lanka can only acquire a limited number of journals related to medicine. Every year the subscription renewals of individual libraries had to be limited again due to price increases. Therefore, HELLIS network had launched the SDCP service (Selective Dissemination of Content Page service) to overcome this problem to some extent. This project involves pooling the current periodical collection of individual libraries, identifying the individual journal needs of Heath Professionals Island wide attached to HELLIS libraries, sending them content pages of current journals as per individual needs and delivering photocopies of full articles requested by them through SDCP service. This includes collecting content pages of current journals sent by HELLIS libraries to the Focal Point Library and duplicating content pages according to user requests.

Subject areas covered by the network:

  • Medicine
  • Ayurveda and Indigenous Medicine
  • Primary Health care / Community Health / Nutrition / Population Information
  • Nursing
  • Environmental / Drug Information
  • Occupational Safety & Health
  • Health Education etc
Last Updated ( Monday, 22 September 2008 )


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