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Coady International Institute, Canada

Marie Michael Library

Founded in 1959, the Coady International Institute and its Marie Michael Library serve development workers from 30 countries in the areas of adult education, community–based development, gender, health, environment and economic development, upholding strong links to grassroot NGOs. The Library is a member of the NOVANET consortium of libraries, has an online catalogue, is involved in training activities and has published international resource directories.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education, Civil society, Community development, Economic and social development, Environment, Gender issues, Health, International cooperation, Peace education, Sustainable development

User Profile:

Students; community–based development workers from the Global South; graduate students in adult education; Institute teaching staff; community members

Contact Information


St. Francis Xavier University
Box 5000
Antigonish, N.S. B2G 2W5

(+1–902) 867 3964
(+1–902) 867 3907
Contact person:
Catherine Irving

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Parent Organisation:
Coady International Institute
June Webber
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Asia, Africa, Latin America, Caribbean countries, Canada
Working Languages:


Books and Documents:
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
Multimedia materials:
900 videos and DVDs; 168 CDs
Annual growth of Collection:
400 books; 100 periodical volumes; 25–40 videos and DVDs

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Classification System
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC)
Methods of Data Processing
Indexing Tool
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Database Software
As a member of NOVANET, a provincial online consortium of 16 academic libraries, the Marie Michael Library uses EX LIBRIS ALEPH integrated library system for books and periodicals. Various other media are indexed using MS Access databases, some of which a

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Information support; inter–library lending; networking with Coady Institute partner organizations

Publications Produced

Toward Total Wellness: Women in the Caribbean, 1994, in cooperation with WAND, Women and Development Unit, University of the West Indies; Gender and Sustainable Rural Development: A Resource Directory, 1997; individual professional publications by library staff.

Special Activities

Actively participates in the teaching work of the Coady International Institute and serves students of St. Francis Xavier University. Collaborates on overseas activities of the Institute as relevant. Supports research and publishing activities of the Institute.

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Difficulty to balance the opportunity of taking on innovative projects with maintaining a high–quality ongoing library service

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Greater communication and enhanced information exchange with overseas partners; improve website; produce further electronic resource directories; strengthen international networking

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

Serving as a link to grassroots resource centres – in particular resource centres of Coady Institute’s partner organizations which are community based NGOs in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.