The M25 Consortium of Higher Education Libraries

Report
The M25 Consortium
of Academic Libraries Library Co-operation in the
South East of England
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Background
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Established 1993 (www.m25lib.ac.uk)
52 members
Following changes in UK Higher Education
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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
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Governance and Finance
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Membership association
No permanent secretariat
Steering Group
Working Groups
Subscription model (banded in August 2004)
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Activities for Library Services
and Library Staff
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Collaboration and Partnership
Continuing Professional Development
Disaster Planning
Disabled and Special Need Support
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Activities for Library Users Resource Discovery
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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
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Activities for Library Users Access
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SCONUL Research Extra
www.sconul.ac.uk/use_lib/srx/
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UK Libraries Plus
www.uklibrariesplus.ac.uk/
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INSPIRE
www.londonlibraries.org.uk/servlets/llil/hom
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Successes and Problems
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High level of participation
National profile
but...
Regional boundaries
Advocacy in London only
South-east University Librarians
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Impact
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Resource Discovery
 WiLL www.londonlibraries.org.uk/will
 FiiL www.fiil.org.uk
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Future Developments
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New groups
 quality issues
 student services
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Continue collaborative activities to meet
political agendas
Not procurement
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Conclusion
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Well established role
Geographic focus
Collaboration and mutual benefit
Range of services
Working with cultural and educational
policy players
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M25: Contact details
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Chair: Robert Hall (University of Surrey)
email : [email protected]
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Secretary: Suzanne Enright (University of Westminster)
email : [email protected]
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Directory of representatives
www.m25lib.ac.uk/m25sec/about/people.htm
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Working Groups
www.m25lib.ac.uk/m25sec/business/workinggroups.htm
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M25 Systems Team
[email protected]
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