Librarians without Borders

The Librarians without Borders (LwB) was founded in 2007 by the Medical Library Association (MLA) and supported by the Elsevier Foundation to provide essential face-to-face, train-the-trainer workshops for the R4L community.

Supporting librarians worldwide

Before the digital revolution, practicing evidence-based health care, policymaking or education in developing countries was virtual impossible. In 2001, that slowly began to change, first with Hinari, WHO’s biomedical free and low cost access to research program and later with open access and Research4life (R4L) which comprises 5 programs including Hinari, 100,000 peer reviewed resources, 9,000 registered institutions and 200 publishing partners. Despite these gains in access however, many researchers, doctors, librarians and policymakers in developing countries still suffer from a lack of information literacy.

Since 2016, LwB also supports a corps of librarian trainers through annual training grants. To date, the partnership has awarded 15 training grants, conducted 90 workshops in forty-two countries and developed a decade worth of training modules. The 2019 FAO R4L MOOC supported by the Elsevier Foundation will complement LwB’s efforts, helping to scale up virtual training reach and offering participants a required pre training for face-to-face LwB workshops.

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Apply now for grants for Research4Life training activities in low-income countries

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for the MLA Librarians without Borders® / Elsevier Foundation / Research4Life ...
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Five researchers awarded Research4Life training grants for capacity building

Over the past two decades, UN-publisher Research4Life (R4L) partnership has worked to bridge the digital divide, providing free or low-cost ...
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Celebrating one librarian’s commitment to global health

University of Michigan’s global health informationist Gurpreet Rana wins the MLA’s T. Mark Hodges International Service Award When the Ebola ...
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Librarians Without Borders® Johns Hopkins University Workshop Report: March 24, 2015

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (March 24, 2015) In March, a one day HINARI workshop was conducted at Johns Hopkins ...
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Librarians Without Borders® Tulane University HINARI Workshop Report: February 6, 2015

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (February 6, 2015) In February a one day HINARI workshops was conducted at Tulane University, ...
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