Marie Michael Library
Resource Centres for Learning and Change
This page provides links to a range of source material developed to support the creation and sustainability of community-based resource centres.
We are members of the ALADIN Network, dedicated to the promotion of libraries and resource centres supporting adult education.
* This course is not currently offered. This page was originally created for the Coady certificate program, Managing NGO Resource Centres/Resource Centres for Learning and Change.
Manuals for Resource Centres
- Adams, A. & MacLean, E. (2006). Experiential exercises for resource centres training. (577K pdf)
- Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA). (2013). Advocacy toolkit. List of advocacy resources for libraries.
- Carrel, M. & Wadsworth, G. (2013). Sustainable library development: Training package. Washington, DC: Peace Corps. (7.62 Mb pdf)
- Digital preservation handbook (2nd ed.). (2015). Published by the Digital Preservation Coalition.
- Grenier, L. (1998). Working with indigenous knowledge: A guide for researchers. Library has hard copy, 333.7 G865w.
- Healthlink Worldwide. (2003). Resource centre manual: How to set up and manage a resource centre.
- Hughes, S., Eashwar, S., & Jennings, V. (Eds.). (2004). Community multimedia centres: How to get started and keep going: a guide. Paris: UNESCO. (2.33 Mb pdf)
- International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR). (1996). Recording and using indigenous knowledge: A manual. Library has hard copy, 001.43 Int8r.
- Jensen, M. & Esterhuysen, A. (2001). The community telecentre cookbook for Africa: Recipes for self-sustainability: how to establish a multi-purpose community telecentre in Africa. (512K pdf)
- Mchombu, K., et al. (2004). Sharing knowledge for community development and transformation: A handbook.
- Moore, N. (2007). Community information and technology centres: Focus on South-East Asia. Bangkok: UNESCO. (937K pdf)
- Peace Corps. (2012). Sources of donated books for schools and libraries. (Information collection and exchange publication no. RE003). Washington, DC: Peace Corps. (1.22 Mb pdf)
- Wendell, L. (1998). Libraries for all: How to start and run a basic library. (9.21 Mb pdf)
- Accessibility tips to navigate websites with ease. Published by the Centre for Equitable Library Access.
- Commonwealth of Australia. (2005). The logical framework approach. (266K pdf)
- Logical Framework Analysis, BOND Guidance Notes 4. (179K pdf)
- Participation, Eldis resource guide.
- Collection Development Policies
- Das, A., Sen, B. & Josaih, J. (2008). Open access to knowledge and information: Scholarly literature and digital library initiatives: The South Asian scenario. Published by UNESCO.
- Farm Radio International, a Canadian organization working with broadcasters in African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity.
- Johnson, S., et al. (2012). Key issues for e-resource collection development: A guide for libraries. Published by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. (178K pdf)
- Publishers Links
- BookAid International works with organisations in developing countries to support local initiatives in literacy, education, training and publishing.
- Practical Action publishes books on microfinance, microenterprise, organizational development, capacity building, civil society and other international development topics. (StFX access link)
Cataloguing and Classification
- Course materials from the Library of Congress’ Cataloguers Learning Workshop (CLW). Site contains PDF documents on cataloguing skills, digital library environment skills, and serials cataloguing.
- Glassel, A. (1998). Was Ranganathan a yahoo?
Database Management Systems
Indigenous Knowledge/Global Knowledge
- Chapman, R. & Slaymaker, T. (2002). ICTs and rural development: Review of the literature and current interventions and opportunities for action. (ODI Working Paper 192). (238K pdf)
- The Development Gateway
- Heeks, R., Arun, S. & Morgan, S. (2005). Researching women’s ICT-based enterprise for development: methods, tools and lessons from fieldwork. Published by Women’s ICT-Based Enterprise for Development.
- InsightShare’s participatory video tools for building skill, self-confidence and trust.
- IDS. (2012). Training toolkit: Monitoring and evaluation for information literacy training initiatives in Africa: a journey approach. Brighton: IDS. (2.53 Mb pdf)
Introduction to HTML and Website Creation
- HTML-Kit, highly regarded HTML editor which is freely available for downloading.
- HTML tutorial (HTML5 compliant), W3Schools.com teaches you everything about HTML.
- Search engine registration, easy way to submit your web page URL to multiple search engines.
- Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA International), organisation that develops standards on records management.
- How to manage your information, guidance, tools and templates that can help with the process of managing your information.
- National Archives of Australia. (2004). Digital recordkeeping: Guidelines for creating, managing and preserving digital records. (660K pdf)
- Rural Education and Development (READ Global) combines education and private enterprise to make rural communities places to learn, build, and prosper.
- Richard, J., & Adams, S. (2009). Partners in libraries. APLA Bulletin, 72(4), 5-9.
- Krolak, L. (2019). Books beyond bars: The transformative potential of prison libraries [e-book]. [n.l.]: UNESCO.
General Development Websites
- CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
- Directory of United Nations System Organizations official website locator.
- Marilyn Waring: Sex, Lies & Global Economics: How to change a system that causes misery, a podcast of the feminist economics film about the New Zealand author and former member of parliament, Marilyn Waring.
- New Zealand Digital Library contains databases of development collections including agriculture, health, environment and social issues.
- OneWorld.net brings together the latest news and views from organizations promoting human rights awareness and fighting poverty.
- Third World Network (TWN) joins organizations and individuals involved in issues relating to development, the Third World and North-South issues.
Electronic Resource Centres
- Aluka: Building a digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa
- ASK-us, ARROW’s Digital Resource Centre with a collection of resources on sexual and reproductive health and rights and related thematic areas.
- Beacon for Freedom of Expression is a database containing information about historic and current censored media in a global perspective.
- The Digital South Asia Library
- Internet Archive: a digital library of Internet sites
- Network Startup Resource Centre (NSRC) provides assistance to networking initiatives building access to the public Internet.
- New York Public Library (NYPL) Digital Gallery
- TVO.org offers a catalog of documentaries that delivers learning inside and outside the classroom.
- World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is the World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.
- ALADIN: Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network
- The NGO Café, links to various NGO indices and resources on the internet.
Search Tools and Internet Use
- 100 Best Free Web Space Services, listing and reviews of websites that allow you to design and post your own webpage.
- Mannix, K. (1999). The Busy Women’s Guide to the Internet: Activism and Research On-line. Information and links to women’s human rights as well as tools for the Internet. (211K pdf)
Subject Specific Sites
- BRIDGE provides a central point for gender and development information to support gender mainstreaming needs.
- Digital Library of Information Science and Technology (DLIST), from the University of Arizona.
- FinDev Gateway connects global financial inclusion and microfinance community.
- International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide.
- INTRAC (International NGO Training and Research Centre)
- Database of 1,500 abstracts and documents on microfinance, many can be downloaded as full-text PDF files.
- World Wildlife Fund (WWF) creates solutions to solve the planet’s environmental challenges.
Funding Sources and Fundraising Strategies
- Foundations & Grantmakers Directory, alphabetical listing of Foundations and Grantmakers based in the United States.
- The Virtual Foundation, supports grassroots initiatives seeking funding by posting project proposals on the website for donors to read.
- Directory of Open Access Journals includes a large number of free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
- New Internationalist
- Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, issues available: 1(2006)-current.
- Special issue on Canadian library associations, 15(1), 2020.