How do I share knowledge?


Any registered user can add resources to the Humanitarian Library.  Registration is free and takes a matter of minutes, and is open to anyone who considers themselves a part of the global humanitarian community.


Documents can be uploaded directly, and users can link back to the source.  Both text and video formats are supported.


To ensure the documents remain searchable, several fields need to be filled out with each upload.  These include keywords and content types chosen from standardised lists, a brief document description (which can often be copy-pasted from the first page of the document), the subject country or region, and a few other basics (title, author, publisher, language, etc).


Here are the first steps: 


1. Select the typology you want to create.





2. The upper bar of the Humanitarian Library web presents a typology of actions that registered users can do: a) Add channel; b) Add collection; and c) Add resource. 


a. Channels are the broadest category within the Library. They can contain several collections, which is useful to organize areas clearly into topics.

b. Collections are the second broadest category for organizing resources and knowledge within the Library. Collections however, do not need to be included under the umbrella of a channel. Only when the topic is broad enough and there is sufficient knowledge available, users should create a channel.

c. Resources are the minimal category of knowledge. Registered users can easily upload free-access resources to the Library, by following several easy steps. Once a resource has been uploaded, it can be added to one or several collections and channels.



How do I create a Channel?


1. Click on the item “Add channel”, located in the upper bar.


2. Fill in the different categories that appear in the following section.


a. Title

b. Sector


c. Theme



d. Channel Type


e. Image

f. Location

g. Keywords

h. Language

i. Privacy of the Channel

k. Description of the Channel *

l. Search the Library for Channels to link to this Channel

m. Search the Library for Collections to add to this Channel

n. Search the Library for Resources to add to this Channel


3. Once you have completed all the necessary sections (those market with a red *), you can publish your Channel. Publication for private and public Channels does not differ. If you wish to preview your Channel before publishing, click on “PREVIEW”. When you are ready to publish it, click on “PUBLISH”.



4. If you wish to delete a Channel, be it one that has not been publish or an existing one you have created, click on “Cancel”. By this action, your Channel will be permanently deleted from the Library. Deleting a Channel will not delete its content from the Library, but from the Channel only.



*Description of the Channel:

  1. What is the purpose of your channel?

  2. To whom is it addressed?

  3. What kind of content can be found in it?

  4. Which is the structure? (This might help other users navigate through it)

  5. Remember to include any useful link or resource for easier reference.



How do I find documents?


Several search methods are in place to find the right resources within the Humanitarian Library's document base:


Map search: From the homepage, click "search the map" and zoom in by region, subregion, or country for locally-specific documents.  Press your browser's back button or the region path on the lower right to zoom back out.  Region groupings follow UN standards.


Keyword search: Click on the search bar in the menu bar and hit return, then choose keywords by opening the list of categories in the left column.  Clicking on multiple keywords yields search results which meet all of the highlighted keywords.  This relies on uploaders tagging resources from a standardised list of categories.


Free text search:  Enter any search word in the search bar at the top of the page.  This method searches within titles, descriptions and the text of any text-based documents.  It narrows the results when used in conjunction with a keyword search.


Recent searches: The boxes at the bottom of the page list your previous search criteria and documents.


Channels: Log in and create and share your own must-read lists by organising resources and linking to other channels.