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Publications and other resources from INASP

INASP produce a wide variety of resources for our communities. These include

INASP directories

INASP Directory 2002/2003
A reference volume of organisations and institutions for all those interested in library, information and book development. 
Full text online

INASP-Health Directory 2003/2004
A directory of international organisations working to improve access to information for healthcare workers in developing and transitional countries. Print and CD-ROM includes INASP Health Links. Full text online

INASP - Rural Development Directory 2003/2004
A directory of contact details and profiles of over 450 international, regional and national networks and organisations with interests in rural development including teaching in Abu Dhabi and Middle East. Online version updated regularly. Full text online: Further information: Order CD-ROM

BOOKS

The Book Chain in Africa (2002) Compiled and edited by Roger Stringer
Country-by-country analysis of the Anglophone African countries, plus directory of major players within those countries. Full text online: Order the print copy

Book Marketing & Promotion: A Handbook of Good Practice (2000) By Hans M Zell
A compendium of practical advice on all aspects of book marketing and promotion for publishers. In print only: Further information: Distributed by African Books Collective (ABC) 

Getting Started in Electronic Publishing (2002) By Sally Morris
A guide to the advantages and disadvantages of launching new electronic publishing projects. Published in English, French, Spanish and Russian. Full text online

The Ghana Interlibrary Lending and Document Delivery Network (GILLDDNET) (2004) by A. A. Alemna and M. Cobblah
This book examines the IFLA project to enhance library cooperation in Ghana. In print only. Further information: Order the print copy

A Guidebook on Journal Publishing for Agriculture and Rural Development (2001) By Anthony Youdeowei
A detailed guide for editors and publishers on running successful journal publishing ventures. Available in English and French. In print only:  Further information: Distributed by African Books Collective (ABC)

Income Generation: experiences from university libraries in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (2001) Edited by Diana Rosenberg
This book presents eight case studies of successful income generation within African university libraries. In print only: Further information: Order the print copy 

Income Generation: Experiences from public library systems in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (2003) Edited by Anne Powell.
This book presents five case studies of income generating activities in African libraries. In print only: Further information: Order the print copy

Information and Communication Technologies in Africa: A Review and Selective Annotated Bibliography 1990-2000 (2001) By Dr Catherine Nyaki Adeya
This review and annotated bibliography brings together diverse sources of information on ICTs in Africa from selected websites and printed literature. Full text online

The Internet for the Book Professions
This book presents an overview of the Internet and the World Wide Web as a tool for the book professions in developing countries. Online only.  Full text online 

Into the Information Age (2002) Edited by Maurice Chimfwembe Lundu and Charles BM Lungu
A record of the automation of library services at the Copperbelt University, Zambia, 1993-1999. In print only: Further information: Order the print copy

An Investigation into the Funding of University Libraries in Zambia (2004) By Muyoyeta H Simui and Christine W Kanyengo
This study examines the nature of and problems relating to the financing of university libraries in one African Country and how these have affected the provision of library and information services. In print only: Further information: Order the print copy

Library Funding: adequate financial support for African university libraries (2002) By John Willemse
Guidelines for African university libraries on determining levels and sources of financial support. In print only: Further information: Order the print copy

A Practical Guide to Marketing and Promotion for Agricultural and Rural Development Publications (2002) By Bridget Impey
This guide is designed to provide a compendium of practical advice on all aspects of marketing and promotion. It is particularly aimed to assist NGOs and small publishers. Available in English and French. In print only: Further information: Distributed by African Books Collective (ABC)

A Practical Guide to Bookselling
Edited by Oluronke Orimalade and Bridget Impey 
Published jointly with CTA, This book provides guidance on establishing and running a successful bookselling business, and is designed to be a resource for both existing and new booksellers. It covers subjects such as starting a business, planning the business, managing both stock and staff, and how to develop new strategies for success. Available in English and French. Further information Order the print copy

Open Access Resource Directory
Published in conjunction with UNESCO, INASP have produced a CD on Open Access to bring together publications, initiatives, events and portals concerning access to scholarly communication. The full content will shortly be available on the UNESCO website, within their Observatory on the Information Society. Further information: Order the CD 

Proactive Librarianship: Marketing and Public Relations: A manual for workshop presenters (2003) By Rheina Epstein
This training manual has been created to provide a practical guide for organisers and presenters of workshops in running successful training events in their own region. Full text online

Public Libraries in Africa: A Report and Annotated Bibliography (2002) By Aissa Issak
This book provides an analysis of trends in the development of public libraries, based on literature reviews of recent publications and reports from selected countries in Africa. Further information: Full text online (download PDF)

Reader Development and Reading Promotion: Recent experiences from seven countries in Africa (2003) Edited by Diana Rosenberg.
This book presents 10 case studies of reader development activities within Africa. In print only: Further information: Order the print copy

The Use of ICTs in African Public Library Services (2004) by Justin Chisenga
Examining 22 public libraries in Sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa, this book presents the existing levels of use of information and communication technologies, and plans for the future. In print only:  Further information: Full text online Order the print copy

User information literacy: case studies from university library programmes in the SCANUL-ECS region (2005) Edited by Elizabeth Kiondo and Jangawe Msuya
This book analyses information literacy programmes in university libraries and provides the impetus for further development of such programmes. Further information: Order the print copy

Research reports

INASP undertake research and publish reports in the area of information development and utilisation. Most are available free online.

E-journals: Developing Country Access Survey 2002 (2003)
A survey of the activities and views of publishers regarding access to their information within the developing world either free or at reduced cost. Full text online 

Electronic Journal Publishing: A Reader (2001) An overview of the potential for electronic publishing for scholarly communication. Full text online 

Optimising Internet Bandwidth in Developing Country Higher Education (2003)
This report provides suggestions and recommendations for improved management of Internet applications so that existing bandwidth can be made more productive. See also a concise summary of the report in our InfoBrief series. Full text online

Towards the digital library: findings of an investigation to establish the current status of university libraries in Africa.
This report presents the results of a survey of the current status of digital libraries in sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa, so as to draw conclusions on where future developments and investments might be made, and what can be learnt from the implementation of digital libraries within the continent. Full text online.

InfoBriefs

InfoBriefs are short essays or articles prepared by INASP staff and partners. Emerging from our work in resource-poor countries, they typically provide short digests on individual issues related to our work in enabling worldwide access to information and knowledge. They aim to present lessons and ideas concerning ways in which organisations produce, manage and use scholarly and scientific information.

Further InfoBriefs are in development, but if there is an area where you would like INASP to publish a summary InfoBrief, please do contact us:

1: Optimising Internet Bandwidth in Developing Country Higher Education
Prepared by Gerhard Venter, AfriConnect Ltd, Cambridge, UK
Higher education institutions in developing countries have to deal with growing demands on their Internet infrastructures. Managing this demand usually requires that infrastructure - telecommunications, computers, etc. - is upgraded and extended. However, since this can be costly, other approaches need to be pursued. This report argues that, through better understanding of actual Internet usage, improved management of Internet applications, enhanced training and awareness-raising for users, and the introduction of measures to control undesirable uses and behaviours, existing bandwidth can be made to go much further.
English <PDF> Français <PDF> Spanish <PDF> Order the print copy.

2: Empowering Youth and Connecting Schools: Lessons from the SchoolNet Namibia Approach 
Prepared by Peter Ballantyne
Schools in developing countries are beginning to get computers and access to the Internet. They are using them in teaching and administration; learners also use them to become computer and Internet literate. Resulting from an evaluation commissioned by Sida, this infobrief draws on the SchoolNet Namibia approach and its achievements. It suggests that programmes like this should give priority to the provision of affordable access using open platforms, pay attention to longer term cost of ownership issues, leverage change through partnerships, work closely with governments, involve school principals and teachers, and seek to ensure that necessary capacities are developed in schools themselves.
English <PDF>


3: The Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in African Public Library Services
prepared by Diana Rosenberg
The existing literature on the use of ICTs within African libraries mostly describes the situation within academic and specialist libraries, but there is little about the use of computers in public libraries. 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.
English <PDF> Order the print copy.

4: PERI Review 2001-2004: Executive Summary
Prepared by Sara Gwynn
The Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) has been operational since 2002 and this review has been undertaken to document and assess progress towards its goals and objectives. Although it is too early to assess the impact of the programme, the review investigated the operation and management, and in particular its relevance, usage, management and sustainability.
English <PDF> Order the print copy.

5: Towards the Digital Library in Africa
Prepared by Diana Rosenberg
The term digital library is used to refer to a library where some or all of the holdings are available in electronic form, and the services of the library are also made available electronically - frequently over the Internet so that users can access them remotely. Over the past fifteen years libraries worldwide have increased their holdings of electronic information and automated their operations, but within Africa digital development has been uneven. In 2004 INASP commissioned a survey of the current status of library digitisation in sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa, so as to draw conclusions on where future developments and investments might be made, and what can be learnt from the implementation of digitisation within the continent.
English <PDF> Order the print copy.

6: Journal Access Programmes in African University Libraries 
INASP carried out a survey of the journal access programmes that were being used in universities in Africa. The survey results obtained during 2003 formed a background document for two follow-up roundtables (in November 2003 and October 2004) between representatives of African universities, programme providers and publishers. The roundtables were enabled by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and INASP. This Infobrief describes the key outcomes and recommendations of these three activities. English PDF Order Print copy.

 

 

INASP gateways

INASP maintain a two gateways to websites of interest to professionals working in rural and health development in developing and transitional countries. These are updated regularly.

INASP Health Links
A gateway to selected websites that are of special interest to health professionals such as medical library communities, publishers and NGOs in developing and transitional countries. Updated regularly. Full text online 

INASP Links for Rural Development
A gateway to selected websites that are of special interest to rural professionals in developing and transitional countries. Updated regularly. Full text online 

INASP reviews and reports

INASP Strategic Framework 2005-2010
In early 2005, the INASP Board of Trustees approved a strategic framework
to guide the organisation's activities until 2010. Full text online (PDF)  

INASP Strategy 2005-2010 Summary (4pp)
In early 2005, the INASP Board of Trustees approved a strategic framework to guide the organisation’s activities until 2010. This short document gives a summary of the main elements of that strategy. Full text online (PDF)

African Journals OnLine Evaluation 2000-2002
This report provides the results of a survey and evaluation of the AJOL service undertaken at the end of 2002. The survey included the participating journals, as well as users, and presents a report of the current success of the programme, and suggestions for improving it in the future. Full text online

Evaluating INASP-Health: Final Report April 2004
This review looks at each of the six outputs listed in the 2001-2003 Operational Plan, and it evaluates their success (or lack of success) and makes some recommendations to be considered in future strategic planning.
Full text online (PDF)

INASP annual report, 2004
The annual activities and financial report for the year ended December 2004. Full text online

INASP-Health annual report, 2014
The annual report for this programme is now available online. Full text online

INASP Review and Highlights 2013
A short 4-page review of INASP activities during 2003. Full text online

INASP Review and Highlights 2014
A short 4-page review of INASP activities during 2014 including new innovations for products are discussed. Full text online: Order the print copy

INASP-Health: Annual Report 2003
A report of the activities of the Health programme during 2003, including recommendations for future development. Full text online

PERI Review 2001-2004 : Enhancing Access to Research Information in Developing Countries
Report from a Mid-Term Review of the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information 2001-2004. Full text online

For further information about any of these publications, contact Pippa Smart,

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