The list below includes references from each section of the resource centre manual


‘Linking people for change’. Contact No. 157, 1997 Oct-Nov, 1-20.

Packenham-Walsh, N, Priestley, C, Smith R, ‘Meeting the information needs of health workers in developing countries’. BMJ, Jan 97, 314, 90.

Section 1: Planning a resource centre

Action plan adapted from: Peace Corps Incountry resource center workshop: a training manual. Training manual No T-48.

Section 2: Management and finance

Children first! Resource kit. Geneva: Subgroup on Outreach and Advocacy of the NGO/UNICEF Coordinating Committee on Activities for Children in Eastern and Central Europe, 1994.

Doing it ourselves. The Hague: Consumers International, 1988.

‘How to prepare a funding proposal’, adapted from: Directory of funders in maternal health and safe motherhood. WHO, 1995.

Section 3: Space, furniture and equipment

List of furniture and equipment adapted from: S Giggey, Rural community resource centres - a guide for developing countries. London: Macmillan, 1988.

Section 5: Organising the information

Chiware, Elisha and Hadebe, Bonani, A manual for rural libraries in Africa. Bulawayo: Rural Libraries and Resources Development Programme, 1992.

Lendita, Wilson and O'Sullivan, Sheila, Proceedings of the district resource centre assistants’ workshop. Iringa, Tanzania: PHCI, 1994.
Philipps, Eva, Documentation made easy. Wiesbaden: GATE, 1990.

Section 6: Computers, electronic communication and databases

Aronson, Barbara, ‘Electronic access to the information in scientific journals’. WHO Liaison OMS, Vol 9 (2), Aug 98, 2-4. Website:

Geethandanda, Hememales, ‘Selecting software for a development information database’. Information Development, vol 7 (4), 230-237.
Hopkinson, Alan, ‘CDS/ISIS information’. Regular section in Information for Development.

Lane, Graham, Communications for progress: a guide to international e-mail. London: Catholic Institute for International Relations (CIIR), 1990, 152 p.

Leland Initiative and Research and Reference Services (R&RS) Project, Making the Internet connection count - effective use of the Internet in seven steps. Washington DC: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), 1998, 115 p.

Rowley, J E, The electronic library. London: Library Association, 4th ed, 1998.

Sievers, K G, ‘Software for information and retrieval tested, evaluated and compared’. Electronic Library, 9 (6), Dec 91, 301-316.

Stigleman, Sue, ‘Idealist: flexible text storage and retrieval software’. Database, 15 (3), June 97, 50-52, 54-56.

Taylor, Sharon, ‘Internet tips’. WHO Liaison OMS, Vol 10 (1), 1999, 15. Website:

Tseng, Gwyneth and Poulter, Alan and Hiom, Debra, The library and information professional’s guide to the internet. London: Library Association Publishing, 1996, 199 p. ill.

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) and The Friedrich Erbert Foundation, At ease with e-mail: A handbook on using electronic mail for NGOs in developing countries. 2nd ed. New York: United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) and New York: The Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 1998, 129 p.

World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, Micro-CDS/ISIS: training manual (designed for self-instruction) and African Index Medicus: data entry/procedures manual. Brazzaville: WHO AFRO, 1993.

Section 7: Information services

Abstracts adapted from the author’s summary of: Mnyik, K S; Kabalimu, T K; Lugoe, W L ‘Perception and utilisation of malaria prophylaxis among pregnant women in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’ East African Medical Journal, 72 (7), 1995, 431-435.

Fustukian, Suzanne with Kannapiran, Chandra and O’Sullivan, Sheila, International meeting of PHC resource centres. AHRTAG and VHAI, 1989.

Manual for repackaging of information on population education. Bangkok: UNESCO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, 1986, p. 27.

Section 8: Making links and promoting the resource centre

Powell, Mike. Information management for developing organisations. Oxford: Oxfam, 1999, 58-70.

Starkey, Paul, Networking for development. London: Intermediate Technology, 1998.

Section 9: Monitoring and evaluation

Adaptation of Ormonde, Geraldine, ‘Some points on the evaluation of an information service’. IDOC Bulletin, No 7, 1983, 7-10.

Correa, Antoinette, ‘Rural information provision in developing countries: measuring performance and impact’. Paris: UNESCO, 1997.

Coult, Graham, ‘Measuring up to competition’. Library Association Record, Vol 98 (9), Sep 96.

Menou, Michel, ‘The impact of information - I : towards a research agenda for its definition and measurement’. Information Processing and Management, Vol 31 (4), 1995.