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The M25 Consortiumof Academic Libraries - Library Co-operation in the South East of England
Background • Established 1993 (www.m25lib.ac.uk) • 52 members • Following changes in UK Higher Education • University of London institutions • Other pre 1992 universities in London • Post 1992 universities within London • Universities outside M25/regional ‘boundary’ • Other academic-related within London
Governance and Finance • Membership association • No permanent secretariat • Steering Group • Working Groups • Subscription model (banded in August 2004)
Activities for Library Services and Library Staff • Collaboration and Partnership • Continuing Professional Development • Disaster Planning • Disabled and Special Need Support
Activities for Library Users - Resource Discovery • InforM25 (www.m25lib.ac.uk) • Search catalogues • Find a library • Visit a library • MASC-25 (www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/masc25.htm) • special collections • AIM25 (www.aim25.ac.uk) • archives
Activities for Library Users - Access • SCONUL Research Extra www.sconul.ac.uk/use_lib/srx/ • UK Libraries Plus www.uklibrariesplus.ac.uk/ • INSPIRE www.londonlibraries.org.uk/servlets/llil/hom
Successes and Problems • High level of participation • National profile but... • Regional boundaries • Advocacy in London only • South-east University Librarians
Impact • Resource Discovery • WiLL www.londonlibraries.org.uk/will • FiiL www.fiil.org.uk
Future Developments • New groups • quality issues • student services • Continue collaborative activities to meet political agendas • Not procurement
Conclusion • Well established role • Geographic focus • Collaboration and mutual benefit • Range of services • Working with cultural and educational policy players
M25: Contact details • Chair: Robert Hall (University of Surrey) email : firstname.lastname@example.org • Secretary: Suzanne Enright (University of Westminster) email : email@example.com • Directory of representativeswww.m25lib.ac.uk/m25sec/about/people.htm • Working Groups www.m25lib.ac.uk/m25sec/business/workinggroups.htm • M25 Systems Team M25Libadmin@lse.ac.uk