Many people have contributed to this manual. Thanks go particularly to Healthlink Worldwide’s project partners and others who have supported Healthlink Worldwide’s work in resource centre development, on which this manual is based. Thanks also go to Irene Bertrand, Andrew Buxton, Alfred Edwards, Jon Gamlon, Lucilda Hunter and special thanks to Wilson Lendita for reviewing the draft and suggesting improvements.

We are grateful to the Overseas Committee of the States of Jersey for funding the printing and distribution of the first edition of the manual, and to the Department for International Development, UK (DFID) for supporting various projects which enabled us to implement and test our ideas, notably those in the Middle East, Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya and Southern Africa.

This manual was compiled by Sheila O’Sullivan and Sarah Dutton, with contributions from Sue Mottram, Victoria Richardson, Margaret Elson, Suzanne Fustukian, Alison Condie and Andrew Chetley. It was edited by Celia Till, designed by Ingrid Emsden and laid out by Mary Helena.

The first edition was translated into Arabic by Malek Qutteini, Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees (UPMRC).

The illustrations are by David Woodroffe. Sources include Where there is no artist (Petra Röhr-Rouendaal), Let’s teach about AIDS and Health care together.

This revised edition of the Resource Centre Manual was updated by Victoria Richardson, Daphne Kouretas and Sarah Dutton

We are grateful to Misereor, Germany for funding the revision of this manual.

Resource Centre Manual: How to set up and manage a resource centre
Published by Healthlink Worldwide
Cityside, 40 Adler Street
London E1 1EE

© Healthlink Worldwide 2003

First published 2000
Revised edition 2003
ISBN: 0 907320 57 0

This manual is dedicated to the memory of two women who each in their different ways worked tirelessly to ensure better access to information: Dr Katherine Elliott, founder member of Healthlink Worldwide (formerly AHRTAG) and editor of Healthlink Worldwide’s first newsletter, Dialogue on Diarrhoea, and Dr Deborah Avriel, Chief of Health Literature Services, World Health Organization, who devoted much time and energy to lobbying for improved access to health information, especially for those in sub-Saharan Africa.