Tips: Print Materials/Media
Sources of Print Materials/Media
Sources of Online Resources
Ways to obtain materials
Accessioning and cataloging
Hard copies of materials are very needed but difficult to obtain in developing countries because of inadequate budgets and complex procedures for ordering items and obtaining shipments. If your project or program wants to help supply materials, talk to librarians at the institution to which you want to donate funds or materials so that you understand the needs and channels of acquiring materials for that setting.
Often projecct members try to look for sources of "free" books or journals. Be aware that it takes time to find sources of free and useful health sciences materials: because of the processing expenses, many academic libraries in the US no longer accept gifts. Shipping is expensive. Out of date or out of scope materials become a burden to the recipient. An excellent article on this topic is: Library Aid to Developing Countries in Times of Globalization: a Literature Review. Curry A, et al. World Libraries, Fall 2002
Sometimes UW project participants bring resources with them. When they do, they should work with the librarians in the local institution to be sure they are made available to the intended audiences.
Consider what to donate. Some suggestions:
Donors should also consider donating:
(Donating CDs obviously assumes functioning computers.)
Research4Life: The major program supporting current health related information to developing countries ( as defined by GNI); available as long as the publisher does not have a significant market in the country. Includes:
Selected eBooks available to all
Many libraries serving the programs or institutions in the developing country with which you are working may already belong to networks for sharing materials. There may be costs associated with this service.
The University of Washington document delivery service serves users throughout the world for a fee
Some subsidized services exist:
Global Development Network Document Delivery Service Researchers at member institutions can request copies items from the BLDS collection, which covers all aspects of development. The scanned materials will be sent either by email or regular post, free of charge.
INASP offers document delivery through the British Library; fee but well discounted
Popline (K4Health) provides free full-text copies of documents cited in its database to individuals and organizations in developing countries only