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HISTORY OF SAIL

The James White Library frequently receives requests from college and university libraries affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church for help with book acquisitions, periodicals subscriptions, cataloguing, etc.

In 1995 at the meeting of the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Librarians (ASDAL), on the campus of Newbold College in Great Britain, James White Library Director, Keith Clouten, met with library representatives of overseas affiliates. He proposed that all future requests be made to a new service unit within the James White Library to be known as SAIL (Services to Adventist Institutional Libraries). Acceptance of the proposal was both universal and enthusiastic.

The SAIL program was officially launched in October 1995. From a small beginning with just four member libraries, the SAIL program has grown rapidly and now provides books, periodicals, booklists and supplies to more than 55 member institutions in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. A nominal membership fee helps defray the cost of this service.

In 1997 SAIL became Services to Adventist International Libraries - a change designed to reflect the international nature of its services.

SAIL is currently under the direction of Janessa Howell. For more information, contact Janessa at:


UpdatedOctober 13, 2014