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Update regarding HEAL-Link budget

25 July, 2014      More...

Update regarding HEAL-Link budget

25 July 2014

We would like to inform you that the budget of HEAL-Link for 2014 has been approved. During teleconferences held on July 24, 2014 at NTUA among the chairman of HEAL-Link Prof. Mitrou, the members of HEAL-Link Steering Committee and the publishers that have agreements with HEAL-Link, the publishers were thoroughly informed for the current economic situation and for the progress of the payments for the years 2013-2014. It has been agreed that the pending agreements are going to be signed as soon as possible and access problems will be solved from September.


HEAL-Link Office

24 July, 2014      More...

HEAL-Link Office

24 July 2014

We would like to inform you that from 28th July to 15th August 2014 (dates that the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is closed), HEAL-Link Office will also be closed.


Access problems to HEAL-Link's electronic resources

05 June, 2014      More...

Access problems to HEAL-Link's electronic resources

05 June 2014

We would like to inform you that the license agreements for the years 2013-2015 for the following publishers have not been signed yet due to the delay of the Ministry of Development to approve the budget of the Public Investment Program. As a consequence the following publishers have not received payment for the years 2013-2014:

  • ACM
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Physical Society
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Emerald
  • IEEE
  • Institute of Physics
  • Kluwer Law
  • Oxford University Press
  • TLG
  • Wilson

Moreover for the following publishers, whose agreements for the years 2013-2015 have been signed on 28-12-2013, received only 50% of the 2013 payment (the portion of the participation of the NSRF) thus leaving an outstanding balance, which should be covered by funds of the Public Investment Program:

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Institute of Physics
  • Elsevier
  • Lippincott Wliliams and Wilkins
  • Project Muse
  • Sage
  • Springer
  • Taylor and Francis
  • Wiley

Due to these issues our users might experience access problems to various publishers' journals, which will multiply if the budget of the Public Investment Program for 2014 is not approved as soon as possible.


Petition for librarians' redundancy

31 October, 2013      More...

Petition for librarians' redundancy

31 October 2013


The Greek Government’s decision on the administrative staff redundancy/mobility scheme has an enormous impact on the Greek Librarians working in the academic libraries. Ninety-four (94) of them, coming from the biggest (eight in total) academic institutions have been affected. A substantial number of administrative staff working in academic libraries, including the already limited staff supporting the horizontal electronic services offered by HEAL-Link (negotiation/handling of e-resources, Union Catalog of the Hellenic Academic Libraries, Hellenic Interlibrary Loan Network), has also been affected. Consequently, HEAL-Link sadly realizes that is unable to provide its well-respected services to the Greek academic and research community.

Moreover, HEAL-Link realizes that the academic libraries affected by the staff redundancy scheme, will be forced to minimize or even cut many of the services they provide, like electronic and in-library services, services offered to external users. Branch Libraries will seize to operate due to the total lack of staff.

It should be pointed out that the sustainability of the many of new services already in progress to be provided via the National Strategic Development Plan (ESPA), the Digital Convergence Plan and the Education and Life Long Learning Plan, is at high risk. Upon completion of the horizontal services, like ILSaS (Integrated Library System as a Service), Institutional Repositories, Greek e-books (Kallipos project), there will be no staff to continue to provide such services due to the staff redundancy scheme.

Last, but not least, HEAL-Link would like to express its support to those colleagues, who have worked closely with HEAL-Link over the years, and are immediately affected by being made redundant and thus unemployed. ×

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HEAL-Link and Publishers tag cloud Through this Portal HEAL-Link members have full-text access to journals, e-books and to bibliographic databases. Authentication and Authorization Infrastructure (AAI) through shibboleth is supported by a few publishers. Access is allowed through IP address recognition and My-HEAL-Link, which is a personalization service, does not conflict with this process.

Legislation for Copyright issues is applied to the electronic publications the same way that it is applied for printed. By using the service of electronic journals you should you know that:

  • You accept the provisions of the legislation being in effect for Copyright and Related (Law 2121/93, Law 3049/2002 article 14 and Law 3057/2002 article 81) and that it is prohibited the systematic storage or printing of entire content of copies of electronic journals and books.
  • You responsibly declare that the information will be used exclusively for personal study or research.

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