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December 2015

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AuthorAid is a tool to help researchers in developing countries to network and further disseminate their work to a wider audience. The website contains links to find mentors/collaborators, a range of E-learning opportunities, funding opportunities for people working in developing countries, and a plethora of resources on topics ranging from how to write a grant proposal though to the publication process itself

Libraries, literacy and poverty reduction : a key to African development


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This research paper explores the potential for libraries to empower communities and fight poverty in Africa, through promoting literacy and providing access to relevant information. The author outlines the challenges that libraries and information centres in Africa face; and the potential that linkages with local and international partners could bring. Case studies illustrate how library networks in three countries address the challenges and serve their communities. Recommendations for library networks highlight the need for skilled personnel, partnerships, a remit to create and share local content, appropriate use of technology, and better and more responsive monitoring and evaluation. Recommendations for governments and donor agencies include creating national information policies, filling a 'coordinating' role in the information environment, investing in literacy, and expanding public library networks

The use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in African public library services

July 2004

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This article concerns the use of computers in public libraries in developing countries. To investigate the current level of use of ICTs and plans for the future within the public library environment, a survey was undertaken of 22 public library services in ten English-speaking African countries. The results indicate great disparities in the level of access to computers between the countries, and within country, and indicate a need for more funding and appropriate training

Accessible environments

BELL, Janet A

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This booklet summarises the main architectural aspects that can make museums more accessible. Although it has been produced for the UK, the main principles are relevant to a wider audience. It covers: removing barriers, legislation and guidance; environmental barriers to access; good practice in environmental access; and policy and practice. The Disability Portfolio is a collection of 12 guides on how best to meet the needs of disabled people as users and staff in museums, archives and libraries. It gives advice, information and guidance to help overcome barriers and follow good practice

AIDS action


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Aimed at health workers, educators and community workers, these resources provide practical information on a wide range of care, support and prevention issues concerning HIV, AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in a fully searchable format. The resources include training manuals, briefing papers and discussion guides (eg Men's sexual health matters, Steps to making sex safer, HIV and safe motherhood). Also included are the international editions of AIDS Action, a newsletter that was produced by Healthlink Worldwide between 1987 and 2001, and Dialogue on Diarrhoea, 1980-1995

Disability in context

DELIN, Annie

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This leaflet introduces the series Resource Disability Portfolio for libraries, archives and museums. It summarises the major aspects of the series. Although it is produced for the UK, it is also relevant for other countries

Training for equality


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This brochure explains the major point of equality training for staff who work in museums and libraries. Although this brochure was produced for the UK it would also be very useful for people outside the UK

Blue trunk libraries : selected publications

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) Library and Information Networks for Knowledge

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The Blue Trunk Library is a 'ready-to-use' mini-library designed for district health centres in Africa as a means of compensating for the lack of up-to-date medical and health information. The mini-libraries which consist of more than one hundred books and three journal subscriptions, are contained in blue metal trunks to ensure easy transportation and protection. Priority is given to practical manuals (especially those published by WHO) offering accessible solutions to the medical, public health and management problems medical and health staff may have to face

Directory : health and medicine


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The INASP Database lists and profiles organisations working to improve and support networking, accessing, sharing, and publishing of information in developing and transitional countries. It is divided into various sections, one of which is health and medicine. Organisations can be searched for under specific topics: medicine, epidemiology, eye health, HIV/AIDS, mother and child health, neurology, nursing, nutrition, pharmacology, primary health care, surgery, tropical medicine, orgainisations focused on information development in the health sector; or by country, or by entering a query on the entire database.

Brandon/Hill selected list of books and journals in allied health

Stickell, H N

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A useful list to aid the selection of materials, but with an American emphasis. This list of 434 books and 79 journals is intended as a selection guide for print literature to be used in a library supporting allied health educational programs or allied health personnel in either an academic or health care setting. Because of the large number of and wide variety of allied health professions and occupations, the recommended publications are focused primarily on the educational programs listed and recognized by the American Medical Association and other accrediting bodies. Books and journals are categorized by subject; the book list is followed by an author/editor index and the subject list of journals by an alphabetical title listing. Items suggested for initial purchase (169 books and 32 journals) are indicated by asterisks. To purchase the entire collection of books and journals (2002 subscriptions) would require an expenditure of about US$36,744. The cost of only the asterisked items totals US$14,465

AIDS action : Asia-Pacific edition


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This CD-ROM contains issues 24-53 of AIDS Action Asia Pacific (AA-AP). AA-AP was a quarterly newsletter on HIV prevention and care, aimed at health workers, educators and community workers. Each issue of the newsletter has a thematic focus (eg, HIV drugs and diet, Traditional and alternative medicine, HIV and its impact on health workers). The newsletter was produced by Health Action Information Network (HAIN) in the Philippines between 1994 and 2001. It had a print run of 29,000 copies and reached 66 countries in south and south-east Asia and the Pacific region.

Brandon/Hill selected list of books and journals for the small medical library

Stickell, H N
April 2001

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A useful list to aid the selection of materials, but with an American emphasis. This list of 630 books and 143 journals is intended as a selection guide for health sciences libraries or similar facilities. It can also function as a core collection for a library consortium. Books and journals are categorised by subject; the book list is followed by an author/editor index, and the subject list of journals, by an alphabetical title listing. A 'minimal core list' consisting of 81 titles has been pulled out from the 217 asterisked (*) initial-purchase books and marked with daggers (+*) before the asterisks. To purchase the entire collection of 630 books and to pay for 143 2001 journal subscriptions would require US$124,000. The cost of only the asterisked items, books and journals, totals US$55,000. The 'minimal core list' book collection costs approximately US$14,300

Information and communication technologies in Africa

ADEYA, Catherine Nyaki

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[From foreward:] This literature review and annotated bibliography explore the evidence for the potential of ICTs (information and communication technologies) to assist in Africa's development, and the extent to which ICTs are changing the 'shape' of Africa. The review begins by introducing ICTs and the information economy in the African context. The literature selected for the bibliography is then reviewed thematically under a number of headings: Overview of ICTs in Africa; Information infrastructure; Information economy; Information management; Socio-cultural and political issues; Education and training; and Gender. The review reveals that, despite many constraints, the use of ICTs is growing in Africa and there have been successful developments in infrastructure, information management, networking and gender-related issues. However, the literature has also revealed considerable variation between different African countries in their adoption and use of these technologies. The literature reviewed relates primarily to anglophone Africa and generally excludes telecommunications issues, as these are already well documented in other publications. In essence it is hoped that this publication will act as a window of opportunity for more nationally and locally focused empirical research and will make a contribution to understanding the research opportunities and challenges that still face most African countries

Managing knowledge in health services

BOOTH, Andrew
WALTON, Graham

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This book examines the role of information management in health care. It is not specifically about developing countries, but parts may be relevant to evolving health care systems and information services in development. Part 1 looks at the context within which health care is delivered and examines the different users who have access to the knowledge base; Part 2 outlines the principles underlying the way health information resources and services are organized and managed; and Part 3 discusses the skills required to use the knowledge base effectively. Within this structure, individual chapters cover issues of particular relevance, such as marketing the information service, training the users, sources of health knowledge and searching the knowledge base

List of basic sources in English for a medical faculty library

Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO)

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A list of key materials with an emphasis on paper, and low-cost editions of classic and universally acceptable texts, covering 57 health sciences subjects in addition to dictionaries, directories, librarianship and information science. It includes a total of 1568 titles. This latest edition emphasises health development within a developing country setting and avoids highly specialised clinical publications. The list is also held on a database on the EMRO website , or on disc in a variety of formats including ASCII and MS Word

Documentation made easy : a library manual for nongovernmental organizations specializing in appropriate technology and rural development


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This is the work of a practitioner who is well acquainted with her subject, and who gives those in charge of documentation in development associations many examples and tools as well as a general filing layout for the small libraries of grassroots organisations. The manual is aimed primarily at readers with no previous experience in librarianship and documentation

Disability Information and Resource Centre (DIRC) Library Catalogue


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Includes references for disability-related materials from Australia and other countries including Afghanistan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and the Western Pacific Islands. Offers a fairly basic search mechanism with a word wheel, which helps identify broad subject areas. Materials include journal articles, books, conference reports and videos. References include the title, author, publisher and subject keywords. None of the resources is available on-line

International Directory of Libraries for the Blind


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Provides information about libraries for blind people throughout the world. A basic search offers the choice of searching by country and/or institution. An advanced search offers the additional option to select type of materials held - braille or talking books and magazines - and in which languages



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