ANTEL (Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones), Uruguay’s telecommunications giant, is the first company to help a consortium of universities pay for a subscription to the IEEE/IET Electronic Library (IEL).
Students and staff at the Catholic University of Uruguay, the Labor University of Uruguay, the University of the Republic, and ORT University, all in Montevideo, will get online access to IEL’s more than 1.6 million standards, journals, conference proceedings, and magazines.
Faculty members at the schools say they plan to make the most of the company’s generosity. “I am so grateful to ANTEL for making the [IEL] subscription available to us,” says one staff member at the University of the Republic. “I can assure ANTEL that we are going to use this excellent tool a lot for our work.”
Although this is the first university consortium with corporate backing, IEEE has more than 40 university-sponsored groups in more than 25 countries [see “IEEE Library Goes Online in Eastern Europe,” The Institute, May 2006]. Because individual universities sometimes can’t afford a subscription to IEL, they combine with other schools to create consortiums to purchase a subscription at a discounted rate.