AGID CANADA Book and
Journal Donation Project
(1) Assistance with Transport and Delivery, Worldwide * critical *
(2) Help with Warehouse Operations in Toronto * final phase *
(3) Book Donations * select items only in 2004 *
Since 2002, this Toronto-based project has expanded the reach and
efficiency of its operation. Largely on a volunteer basis, AGID
CANADA, a Canadian affiliate of the Association of
Geoscientists for International Development,
finds appreciative new homes for geoscience books and
journals in developing countries and states in transition.
Active since 1992, AGID CANADA aims to deliver the best of
its remaining holdings to recipient institutions in the
next two months.
AGID is an international organization, established in 1974, with
a late-1990s membership exceeding 1,400 in more than
100 countries. It publishes the annual Geoscience and
Development and a twice-yearly newsletter, AGID Update,
and aids modest programs in education and research. It has
published several very worthwhile books over the years, in
collaboration with supporting organizations such as the
British Geological Survey. Due to ongoing funding problems,
AGID worldwide is less active nowadays.
AGID CANADA Toronto operation
The books and journals handled by AGID CANADA
cover the full range of the Earth
Sciences, including stratigraphy and paleontology,
geomorphology, economic geology, mineralogy and petrology,
engineering geology and geotechnical
engineering, geophysics and mining. Recent acquisitions
include texts on hydrology and hydrogeology, sedimentology,
geostatistics, climatology and other disciplines.
AGID CANADA, a registered Canadian
charity, can provide official receipts for donations of
cash and gifts-in-kind. Part-time volunteer help with warehouse sorting
and cataloguing has been instrumental in progress to date, and
remains especially welcome.
Needless to say, the
largest single logistical problem for the program is the transport
of weighty consignments to the recipients.
Mineral exploration, mining
companies who are involved in these regions, and have space
to spare when shipping supplies, might consider
assisting with the book delivery, an unusual opportunity
to render a long-lasting service and forge local links.
Interested parties are encouraged to contact AGID CANADA directly:
For information, contact
AGID CANADA, c/o
Dr Owen L. White
P.O. Box 860, Station K, Toronto
Ontario M4P 2H2 Canada
The AGID CANADA Book and Journal Donation project
has correspondent institutions in roughly 54 countries, including;
Bolivia, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma (Myanmar),
Cambodia, Chile, China (Hong Kong), Colombia, Cook Islands,
Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast),
Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire),
Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana,
Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India,
Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania,
Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan,
Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland,
Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka,
Suriname, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Venezuela,
Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Some material of primarily Canadian relevance
has been shipped to institutions within Canada, e.g., in
New Brunswick, the new Territory of Nunavut, and Ontario.
In March 2002, it was estimated that we had
access to perhaps 50 tonnes of material, roughly
75% of it already at the warehouse!
As many as 100 pallets of books and journals!
Each pallet, loaded to 75% capacity, contains 24 boxes
or 12 shelf-metres of publications that, once delivered,
can contribute to education, development
and environmental issues around the globe.
Document revised 03 March 2002, and last updated 07 May 2004
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