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Shane Godbolt

26 November, 2019

This is to share with the many people on this list who knew her the sad news of the death of Shane Godbolt. Shane was Director of Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) for ten years, passing the baton to me in 2015, when Phi became a part of the University of Winchester.

A couple of years ago, UKSG summarized her career as follows: “Appointed Deputy Librarian at Charing Cross Hospital in 1970, Shane's career in medical information and librarianship spanned more than 40 years. She was founder-editor of Health Libraries Review, now Health Information & Libraries Journal. Shane was described as one of the most important medical librarians working in the UK for several decades. She was also deeply committed to the developing world. Conscious that many doctors in Africa had no access to medical and healthcare research in treating everything from malaria to diarrhoea and AIDS, Shane and her colleagues built links between libraries and librarians in Africa and the UK and sent key articles and journals to colleagues in Africa via the High Commission. In the early 1990s, Shane became a trustee, then Director, of Phi, working in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Ethiopia and Nigeria.”

The Open University awarded her the honorary degree of Master of the University.

Shane has touched many lives around the world with her enthusiasm, intelligence, energy, and sheer good will. We will miss her.


Chris Zielinski


Blogs: http://ziggytheblue.wordpress.com and http://ziggytheblue.tumblr.com

Research publications: http://www.researchgate.net

HIFA profile: Chris Zielinski: As a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Global Health, Chris leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme at the University of Winchester. Formerly an NGO, Phi supports knowledge development and brokers healthcare information exchanges of all kinds. Chris has held senior positions in publishing and knowledge management with WHO in Brazzaville, Geneva, Cairo and New Delhi, with FAO in Rome, ILO in Geneva, and UNIDO in Vienna. Chris also spent three years in London as Chief Executive of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society. He was the founder of the ExtraMED project (Third World biomedical journals on CD-ROM), and managed the Gates Foundation-supported Health Information Resource Centres project. He served on WHO’s Ethical Review Committee, and was an originator of the African Health Observatory. Chris has been a director of the World Association of Medical Editors, UK Copyright Licensing Agency, Educational Recording Agency, and International Association of Audiovisual Writers and Directors. He has served on the boards of several NGOs and ethics groupings (information and computer ethics and bioethics). UK-based, he is also building houses in Zambia. chris AT chriszielinski.com

His publications are at www.ResearchGate.net and https://winchester.academia.edu/ChrisZielinski/ and his blogs are http://ziggytheblue.wordrpress.com and https://www.tumblr.com/blog/ziggytheblue