AGID CANADA Book and
Journal Donation Project

Requirements (2004):
(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 *

Capsule Summary

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, oceanography and geomorphology, economic geology, mineralogy and petrology, engineering geology and geotechnical engineering, geophysics and mining. Recent acquisitions include texts on hydrology and hydrogeology, sedimentology, environmental geology, 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 and engineering 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

Tel (416)-481-4731
Fax (416)-482-4256
E-mail owen.white@sympatico.ca
http://www.turnstone.ca/agid.htm

Global Scope

The AGID CANADA Book and Journal Donation project
has correspondent institutions in roughly 54 countries, including;

Argentina, 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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