Useful organisations

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List of useful organisations relating to library and information professionals

  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) division of the American Library Association, a professional association of academic librarians and other interested individuals
  • Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences (ALISS) a not-for-profit unincorporated professional society for social science librarians
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARLorganisation of research libraries in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements
  • British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) independent and self-supporting body that represents the interests of legal information professionals, documentalists and other suppliers of legal literature and reference materials
  • British Library UKs national deposit library, holding 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million patents and 3 million sound recordings, open to the general public and provides specialist support for researchers and businesses
  • Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) the professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers
  • CoFoR: Collaboration for Research - CoFoR explored the feasibility of a national, coordinated approach to collection development and management. It grew out of the successful COCOREES project that had worked closely with both the research community and those research libraries with significant Russian and East European Studies holdings. CoFoR established a 10-year voluntary partnership agreement relating to the acquisition, retention and transfer of stock in Russian, East European Studies. The CoFoR Toolkit grew out of this work and is available on this website. For further information, email Lesley Pitman
  • COPAC  The Copac library catalogue gives free access to the merged online catalogues of many major University, Specialist, and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library
  • International Federation of Independent Libraries (IFLA) an international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users, aims to be the global voice of the library and information profession
  • Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC aims to inspire UK colleges and universities in the innovative use of digital technologies, helping to maintain the UKs position as a global leader in education
  • LIBER (Ligue des Bibliotheques Europ√©ennes de Recherche) the principal association of the major research libraries of Europe and actively promotes cooperation with all library-related organisations
  • Library and Information Science Research Coalition aims to facilitate a coordinated and strategic approach to LIS research across the UK
  • London Links connects librarians and information professionals working with the NHS in London.
  • M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries collaborative organisation that works to improve library and information services within the M25 region and more widely across the East and Southeast
  • NACSIS/UK(European) union catalogue of Japanese books project  The union catalogue of Japanese books is a co-operative project to improve access to Japanese research materials in the UK, and is the first international project of NII (formerly NACSIS). With the aim of facilitating the cataloguing of Japanese materials and thus contributing towards the formation of a worldwide union catalogue of Japanese books, NII has made NACSIS-CAT available free of charge to participants in the project. The UK Union Catalogue of Japanese Books was the first international project for NACSIS-CAT. It is run by the UK union catalogue project group of the Japan Library Group and the original UK members were the University of Cambridge Library, the Bodleian Library, the British Library Oriental and India Office Collections, the University of Stirling Library and the East Asian Studies Library at the University of Sheffield (others have since joined). Additional information is available on the Japan Library Group website
  • National Library of Scotland information treasure trove of Scotland’s knowledge, history and culture, with millions of books, manuscripts and maps covering every subject
  • National Library of Wales/Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru a mountain of knowledge about Wales and the world - millions of books on every subject, thousands of manuscripts and archives, maps, pictures and photographs, films and music, and electronic information
  • OCLC  the US membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the worlds information and reducing information costs
  • RASCAL is a gateway to research resources in Northern Ireland. It covers the wide range of research and special collections held in libraries, museums and archives across the region and consists of comprehensive descriptions of collections in the Humanities and Social Sciences including details of content, location, format, and access
  • Research Libraries UK (RLUK) membership organisation that aims to ensure the UK has the best research library support in the world
  • SCABS The Scottish Consortium for Academic Book Supply is an Affiliate Group to SCURL and covers the supply and delivery to consortium libraries of English language books in print and electronic format published both in UK and abroad
  • SCURL Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries
  • SNIPES Scotland and Northern Ireland Periodical Supply is one of the Affiliated Groups to SCURL. Its primary remit is to manage the consortial purchase of periodical materials on behalf of its members. SNIPES undertakes regular tendering exercises for the purchase and supply of individual periodical subscriptions, and is responsible for the monitoring of the resulting contracts
  • Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) SCONUL promotes excellence in library services in higher education and national libraries across the UK and Ireland
  • Strategic Content Alliance (SCA) aims to build a common information environment where users of publicly funded e-content can gain best value from the investment that has been made by reducing the barriers that currently inhibit access, use and re-use of online content
  • SUNCAT Serials Union Catalogue for the UK  The Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community is a free tool to help researchers and librarians locate serials held in the UK
  • UK Research Reserve initiative to safeguard the long term future of printed research materials
  • UK Serials Group (UKSG) encourages the exchange of ideas on printed and electronic publishing and the process of scholarly communication

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