Sets pertaining to TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library), a programme that helps improve agriculture sector through easy access to research literature, are being placed in universities and research universities in Bangladesh and training is being provided for their use, according to Sathguru Management Consultants, which is supporting the running of the programme along with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Established in 1999, TEEAL is a programme of Cornell University Library’s Albert R Mann Library, in partnership with leading publishers, to provide access to agricultural research literature. It contains almost 500,000 articles from more than 350 highly ranked research journals in agriculture and related biological sciences.
Universities, colleges, research institutes, government ministries and policymakers in 110 low-income countries with limited or no Internet connectivity can access the research literature through the programme and help improve the agricultural sector of eligible countries. Its searchable database offers direct access to full-text materials without Internet connectivity and is easy to install and use. It is compatible with a standalone computer or multiple user workstations and is highly recommended for use on local area networks.
Currently six institutes in Bangladesh have received the programme including Soil Resource and Development Institute (SRDI), Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI), Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU), Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) and over 200 researchers, academicians, librarians and students have been trained on the use of this database. Today the Sher E Bangla Agricultural University (SAU) has received the TEEAL database and a one-day training workshop has been conducted.
On the occasion, Prof. Md Shadat Ullah, vice-chancellor, SAU said, “In this new age of advancement of ICT we all need to focus and use the opportunity provided by TEEAL to enrich our knowledge and further our research. TEEAL will prove immensely valuable for the entire community of our university,”
Joy Paulson, director, TEEAL Project, said, “The TEEAL Project is very pleased for the opportunity to be able to support the placement of TEEAL sets in eligible institutions in Bangladesh and to provide the opportunity for training in the use of e-resources in partnership with Sathguru Management Consultants. It is our hope that greater access to agricultural research literature will lead to agricultural innovations, increased research, and increased opportunities for scholars from Bangladesh to more fully participate in the global agricultural research community.”
Speaking about the programme, K Vijayraghavan, chairman, Sathguru Management Consultants, which is the regional coordinator for TEEAL, said, “We hope the agricultural research community of Bangladesh would immensely benefit with the access of TEEAL and would help increase innovation in the sector. The student and research community can now easily access world-class research material even when they are constrained with Internet connectivity.”
The programme was founded on the belief that long-term improvements in food security and agricultural development would not be possible without giving scientists better access to current research. It is a searchable, offline, digital library available to public and non-profit institutions in developing countries.