European Association of Libraries and Information Services on Addictions

The European Association of Libraries and Information Services on Addictions ( ELISAD ) – previously called, until end of 2011, European Association of Libraries and Information Services on Alcohol and other Drugs – was a European non-governmental and non-profit making social network of libraries , documentation centers and information services situated in Europe and specialized in alcohol , drugs , tobacco and all other behavioural addictions . [1]

Aims and tasks

ELISA’s knowledge of a network of drugs, alcohol, smoking and other addictions.

ELISAD’s tasks were:

  • To encourage and enhance European cooperation between libraries , information services, documentation centers and individuals working in the field of addictions .
  • To encourage the use and development of information management technologies.
  • To promote the role of libraries and documentation centers. [2]
  • To enable professionals , practitioners , social workers and others to work in the field of licit and illicit drugs . [3]

ELISAD organizes an annual conference each year on topics of information, research and documentation and addictions. It provides a mailing list for members to exchange information about new books, meetings and other resources.


Following meetings in 1988 Lyon , France and in 1989 Stockholm , Sweden of European librarians , documentalists and information professionals working in drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, It was Recognized That There Was a need to set up an organization to enable the exchange of experiences , skills and knowledge . Annual meetings were felt to be a way of meeting this need, with the formal establishment of Elisad in 1990. [4] Jasper Woodcock, Head of the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence, UK – That Became DrugScopein 2000 – was elected as Elisad’s first President. [5]

Many existing library associations were models and encouraged the Elisad foundation: [4]

  • SALIS ( Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists ), Elisad’s sister organization in North America
  • EAHIL ( European Association for Health Information and Libraries )
  • IFLA ( International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions )
  • ALA ( American Library Association )
  • ASIST ( American Society for Information Science and Technology )

Over the years the conference has covered many subjects.

In 1999, at the annual ELISAD meeting at the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in Lisbon , presentations focused on the growth of information about addictions on the World Wide Web . Among the various disciplines, including health , social sciences , medicine , law , politics , psychology , neuroscience , toxicology , and so on [6] …

In 2000, the annual meeting held in Prague , Czech Republic , ELISAD members of the Ethical Charta [7] to stress the fundamental importance of ethics in the field of drug information.

In 2002, at the annual meeting held in Bremen , Germany , ELISAD members issued the Bremen Declaration . [8] This declaration supports the need for high quality information while drawing attention to the deterioration of financial support for specialist addiction libraries across Europe. [6] A response from ELISAD on the role of the European Commission [9] to develop an internet portal on addiction resources from 32 countries in Europe.

Between 2003 and 2005 members of ELISAD developed the internet portal on addictions. This online European Gateway on Alcohol, Drugs and Addictions , [10] provides information about and links to the European society. [11]

From 2005 to 2007, a second phase of the European Gateway has been completed, again funded by the European Commission. [12] The gateway is updated and provides descriptions and links to 1100 websites, and is searchable in 17 languages. [13] European organizations of interest. [13] Visitors to the site can search for information on education and prevention , treatment , policy and research , find resources in their own countries or other European organizations of interest. [14]The central challenge for this project is the use of the terminology [15] among European countries and the taxonomy used within this gateway.

More recent international conferences on the Internet and the impact of finances being reduced. Their themes are:

  • Addiction information in the Google era: dealing with challenges , [16] Brussels , 2007
  • Addictions Information: Designing the Future , Turin , 2008 [17]
  • Addictions in society: what information services contribute , Budapest , 2009 [18]
  • European ATOD [19] libraries in challenging economic times , Utrecht , 2010 [20]
  • Monitoring information on addictions – Sources and tools , Paris , 2011 [21]

In 2014 Elisad ceased existence and has joined with Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists, an international association for those working in libraries and documentation centers on addictions and substance abuse.

External links

  • ELISAD website
  • ELISAD Gateway website


  1. Jump up^ Elisad is listed / described in many directories, especially in: Meinhold Alexandra (2010). World guide to library, archive, and information science associations, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. De Gruyter Saur, p. 46-47. ISBN 978-3-11-022637-9. [1]
  2. Jump up^ European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction(October 2008). National drug-related research in Europe, Selected issues series, Lisbon, p. 25.[2]
  3. Jump up^ European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction(2007). Guidelines for the evaluation of treatment in the field of drug use: a manual for researchers and professionals, p. 61.ISBN 978-92-9168-279-9. [3]
  4. ^ Jump up to:b Posters presenting Elisad’s 20 years history, 2008
  5. Jump up^ In DrugLink (Nov / Dec 1992) p. 4
  6. ^ Jump up to:b Goodair, Christine; Moen, Jorunn; Prepeliczay, Susanna; & Rouault Thomas (2005). „Collaboration across Europe: Experience from practice“. In Libri, International Journal of Libraries and Information Services 55, 225-230. KG Saur Verlag, ISSN 0024-2667. [4]
  7. Jump up^ Ethical Charta
  8. Jump up^ Bremen Declaration
  9. Jump up^ European Commission DG Health:[5]. Retrieved 2012-03-20
  10. Jump up^ European Gateway on Alcohol, Drugs and Addictions
  11. Jump up^ Savva Susan (May 2004). „Launch of a new European information resource“. InAddiction, 99 (5) 657-659. [6]
  12. Jump up^ European Commission Executive Agency for Health and Consumers,[7]. Retrieved 2012-03-20
  13. Jump up^ National Documentation Center on Drug Use, NDC Newsletter (2007) 3 (5)
  14. Jump up^ New addictions resource for professionals and researchers across Europe launched online[8]. Retrieved 2012-03-20
  15. Jump up^ Goodair, Christine & Welsh Anne (2008). „Information retrieval and terminology“. InAddiction103 (4) p. 695. DOI: 10.1111 / j.1360-0443.2008.02150.x. [9]
  16. Jump up^ European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction. General report of activities(2007), p. 44[10]
  17. Jump up^ Some readings of the meeting
  18. Jump up^ Some readings of the meeting
  19. Jump up^ ATOD is the acronym of: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  20. Jump up^ Some readings of the meeting
  21. Jump up^ Some readings of the meeting