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An overview of the World Health Organization's (WHO) policies concerning health libraries and documentation centres

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The work of WHO in assisting the development of information resources of member states at national and regional levels is outlined. WHO policies emphasize the role of the library in providing access to information and the crucial importance of quality of library service in terms of effectiveness. The objectives of the WHO Health Literature Services Programme are discussed. Importance is assigned to locally produced health literature and fugitive health literature, for example, reports by government departments, research institutions and faculties of medicine in individual countries. Strategies developed in liaison with WHO and its member states place emphasis on networks for resource sharing and on co-operative planning. National focal point libraries play a major role in this strategy. Some examples of back-up services that can be provided for developing countries are cited. Training activities to strengthen health library manpower in developing countries have a high priority and WHO policy is encapsulated in the theme of 5 ICML Medical Libraries: One World: resources, co-operation, services.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Chief, Office of Library and Health Literature Services

Publication date: September 1, 1985

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