NIAAA CANCELS ETOH FUNDING!
April 5, 2007
In 2004 SALIS led a campaign to oppose the decision by the National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to end funding for ETOH --
the Alcohol Problems and Science Database. Though it received wide support
from leading AOD researchers and research organizations, sadly the "Save ETOH"
effort was not successful, and funding and development for ETOH ceased on
December 31, 2003. Since then, more databases and libraries in the field of
alcohol and other drugs have faced elimination, cutbacks in services, and
reductions in resources and staff, the most recent example of which is the
announcement that the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Library
will close in June 2007. This unfortunate trend is being repeated throughout
the library community in other disciplines, in the U.S. and around the world.
SALIS continues to call attention to these issues, and to advocate for an alcohol
and other drug specific database, and for the AOD libraries which support the
research and prevention efforts in the field. The idea of the combined AOD
database has been endorsed by ELISAD European Libraries and Information
Services, KBS Kettil Bruun Society, and ISJAE International Society of Journal
Addiction Editors, as SALIS continues to explore that possibility.
This Save ETOH campaign website was created to document the value of the
ETOH Database, so we leave it as a record of our fight for a cause we believed
in. Two quotes from anthropologist Margaret Mead sum up the commitment
within SALIS to stand up for the value of information:
"I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the
sum of accurate information in the world."
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Since the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
created the Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Science
Database (ETOH) more than thirty years ago,
ETOH has become the major alcohol bibliographic
resource for alcohol researchers, clinicians, and
policy makers around the world.
abruptly cancelled its funding for ETOH as of December
31, 2003, without any announcement or consultation
with the community of alcohol researchers, clinicians,
and librarians who use ETOH. All updates and development
of ETOH stopped on that date. As committed users
of and advocates for ETOH, SALIS is deeply concerned
about the impact the loss of this resource will
have on the work of science and the welfare of the
public. We are calling for action among the community
of alcohol researchers, librarians, and others who
share our concern. Representing hundreds of researchers,
the Kettil Bruun
Society for Social and Epidemiological Research
on Alcohol and the International
Society of Addiction Journal Editors have endorsed
the Save ETOH campaign, along with a growing list
of individual alcohol researchers and librarians.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
is the premier alcohol
database in the world, with over
is a comprehensive
multidisciplinary resource, with
information from all disciplines relevant
to the study of alcohol
indexes a wide variety
of materials -- journals, books,
government and think-tank reports, etc.
indexes with the
Alcohol and Other Drug Thesaurus,
providing far greater
specificity in searching for alcohol-related
topics than in any other database.
ETOH is FREE
on the world wide web; it is cost-effective;
if discontinued, costs borne by researchers
will inevitably be charged back
to NIAAA resulting in:
- Increased cost
for NIAAA in grants -- or --
- Less research
Bruun Society Statement of Concern regarding ETOH, passed unanimously at the KBS Annual Meeting
in Helsinki, June, 2004.
Ignores Constituents' Concerns: Shuts
Down the ETOH Database.
SALIS Press Release - June 25, 2004
Will It Cost If We Lose ETOH? ETOH's Value
and the Economic Implications of its Discontinuation:
A financial analysis by Sheila Lacroix,
MLS, Library Co-ordinator Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health, Toronto and Jürgen
Rehm, PhD, Professor of Public Health
Sciences, University of Toronto, and Director,
Addiction Research Institute, Zurich,
May 2004 (presented to the NIAAA Advisory
Council Meeting, May 27, 2004)
Resolutions to Save ETOH,
(presented to NIAAA Advisory Council Meeting,
May 27, 2004)
Search Comparisons, (presented
to NIAAA Advisory Council Meeting, May
Value of the ETOH Database: A Position
Paper (presented to NIAAA
Advisory Council Meeting, February 5,
Praise ETOH, Not to Bury It".
SALIS News, vol. 24, No. 1, Spring
2004, pgs. 1, 10, 11
to Shelve Alcohol-Research Database." Feature Story by Bob Curley. JTO On-Line
(Jan. 13, 2004) article