International Seminar on Open Access for Developing Countries - Salvador, Bahia - Brazil

    Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information
    Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization

    Salvador, Bahia - Brasil - September 21-22, 2005


    Anna Maria Prat

    Asistant to the President, National Comission for Scientific and Technological Research  - Chile
    Studied Librarianship at the University of Chile. Post Graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. During ten years, Director of the Physics Library at the University of Chile and later, Director of the Coordinating Office of the Library System of the same University. As head of the information Department of CONICYT, during the last 20 years, she has been in charge of the promotion of the National Scientific and Technological Information System and an information system on science in Chile for policy makers. This includes databases on research in progress, scientific personnel, scientific activities and science indicators. A national program for the promotion of science journals was initiated in the early 90s and an electronic publishing program has followed. Has worked as a consultant for the Organization of American States, UNESCO and IDRC of Canada, among others, on training of information professionals in the Latin American region, creation of regional specialized information systems an d the evaluation of regional information networks. Professor at the School of Library Science of the University of Chile in Santiago from 1960 to 1976, and the Library School at the same University in Valparaíso from 1970 to 1974. Has been Professor of librarianship and information sciences in Bolivia, Peru and other Latin American countries. She is Member of the Council of the International Federation of Information and Documentation, FID, since 1990 and president of its Latin American Commission.