M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries -- Library Co-operation in the South East of England

Hall, Robert B.
January 2004
IATUL Annual Conference Proceedings;2004, Vol. 14, preceding p1
Conference Proceeding
This paper will consider the development of a regional consortium of academic libraries (the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries) in the South East of England, UK. It will begin by examining the reasons for inaugurating the consortium in 1993, chart its history since that date, and discuss its governance and financing model. It will then examine the role of the M25 Consortium in supporting its member libraries by offering advocacy services to relevant regional and national bodies, providing staff training and development opportunities, and other mutual services such as disaster preparedness and provision of services to users with special needs. It will go on to examine the work of the M25 Consortium in facilitating user services such as pan-regional finding aids and access to individual members' collections. It will discuss successes and problems in moving outside defined regional areas and library domains. It will examine the impact of the M25 Consortium on the development of other library consortia and national UK academic and public library responses to collection development access issues. It will conclude by discussing the options facing the M25 Consortium in the future and the role of consortia in the UK library scene.


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