Prevention in Focus

Fall 2014 

Sage: A resource-sharing community for Canadian HIV and hepatitis C service providers

By Erica Lee

Have you ever wondered how you can share an outreach manual you’ve developed? How to find an example of a workshop evaluation form? Where to find examples of resources that other organizations have developed?

Sage is a new online tool to support people who work in HIV and hepatitis C in Canada to share and find information.

Be part of the Sage community

Sage is a response to feedback from people who work in HIV and hepatitis C for increased access to digital information resources, improved capacity to share information resources online, and better awareness of resource development activities in the HIV and hepatitis C communities.

To access all of Sage’s features, you can sign up to become a member.

As a Sage member you can decide how to best use Sage to disseminate and archive your resources. Firstly, you can pick and choose what resources you want to share. Secondly, you can decide who can access your resources – either general users or Sage members only.

You will also have access to some Sage resources that general users do not. While anyone can search the Sage collection, only members have access to all resources.

By becoming a Sage member, you’ll also be tapping into and adding to the collective knowledge of Canadian HIV and hepatitis C service providers and supporting the information needs of your peers.

How can Sage support your work?

Sage can support your work in three ways:

  1. Sharing and archiving resources

You can increase the reach and national access of your digital information resources by adding them to the Sage collection. Contributions to Sage can include:

  • pamphlets, posters and other published resources you’ve created to educate others;
  • research reports, program evaluations, annual reports and other resources that share the work your organization has done;
  • internal policies and procedures you’ve created to document and guide how you work that can be used as models by others.
  1. Accessing resources

You can search the Sage collection for tools and models to support your program planning and delivery. A fellow service provider may already have added to the collection a resource they’ve created that meets your need, such as information for a client or sample questions for the development of a survey.

  1. Connecting with other service providers

Sage is a centralized place for service providers to pool the information resources they’ve created. Using Sage’s list of contributors, you can contact other service providers to learn more about the development process for a particular resource or seek permission to adapt and use a resource in your own work.

For more information on how to join Sage and being a member, visit www.sagecollection.ca.

Sage has been developed by the Canadian AIDS Society, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and CATIE.

About the author(s)

Erica Lee is the Information Specialist at CATIE. Since earning her Master of Information Studies, Erica has worked in the health library field, supporting the information needs of frontline service providers and service users. Before joining CATIE, Erica worked as the Librarian at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).