The SALIS Collection: Preserving and making available addiction literature through a digital archive accessible to all

First published: 09/05/2019 | Last updated: May 20th, 2019

In 2013, SALIS established a project to create a digital collection of books, reports, and other seminal documents focused on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, freely available to all and international in its scope.

In 2003 the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the US agency focusing on alcohol research, de-funded ETOH, its alcohol science bibliographic database. This left the alcohol research community without its ongoing compilation of the research literature. SALIS fought to retain the database without success. Seeing that other resources began to disappear SALIS set up an advocacy group to monitor this emerging trend. Over 65 specialist addictions libraries and databases worldwide have been closed, leaving the field without key collections essential for current and historical research.

The SALIS advocacy group discussed the impact upon the research communities of the loss of such resources and sought the views of leading researchers as to what could be done to fill the emerging gap in access to resources. SALIS ‘ research led them to identify a partner organisation- the Internet Archive – to work with on establishing a digital collection. Following the formal setting up of the SALIS Addiction Digitization Project a work plan was developed that includes target setting; collection development; fundraising; cataloguing/metadata standards for records; dissemination; with periodic audits of the holdings’ records to ensure standards are adhered to and that copyright is respected. Outcome measures include loans, downloads and viewing figures of the collection.

This poster will tell the project ‘s story from inception, up to today.


Meg Brunner ,Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, USA Sheila Lacroix, Formerly of CAMH Library, Toronto, Canada Isabelle Michot, Observatoire FranÇais des Drogues et des Toxicomanies (OFDT) France Andrea Mitchell, SALIS Executive Director, Berkeley, Californis, USA Julie Murphy, Director of Library Services,Prevention Research Center (PRC), Oakland California, USA Jane Shelling, Library Manager, Australian Institute of Criminology Library, Canberra, Australia Nancy Sutherland, Director, Library and Information Services, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) University of Washington, Seattle , USA Marc Wauter, Librarian,Vereniging voor Alcohol en andere Drugproblemen (VAD) Brussels, Belgium Barbara Weiner,Manager-Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Library Center City, MN 55012 USA

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