The impetus for South Asia
through Official Eyes, SATOE, came from the recognition that there is currently no easy access to information about acquisition
policies for post- independence South Asian official publications. This has
implications for collection development decisions, such as duplication and
gaps in the national collection.
The South Asia through Official Eyes project is intended
to develop a co-ordinated collection policy, thereby countering the
trend of libraries making purchasing decisions in isolation.
SAOP, the South Asian Official Publications Libraries
Group, was launched in September 1999 in recognition of the challenges posed by
this material. A consortium of five institutions
was formed out of SAOP, with the University
of Oxford acting as the lead institute. In addition to the project
will consult with external advisers, whose expertise and interest in the
subject area will further help to guide the project.
The SAOP email-list is called SAOPLIB-UK. Contact the
JISCmail service if you wish to subscribe and participate in discussions about South