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Multiple Regions

Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section (AAMES)

AAMES represents librarians and specialists in the fields of Asian, African, and Middle Eastern area studies and acts for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), in cooperation with other professional groups, in those areas of library service that require knowledge of Asian, African and Middle Eastern languages and cultures.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / Global Libraries

The foundation’s Global Libraries initiative forms partnerships with select countries to address this inequity. Through no-cost access to information technology, we are helping transform public libraries into vital tools that can advance the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

International Association of Music Libraries (IAML)

The Association currently has about 2,000 individual and institutional members in some 45 countries throughout the world. Founded in 1951 to promote international cooperation and to support the interests of the profession, IAML is a respected member of the international library and music communities. It has national branches in 22 countries, five professional branches, four subject commissions and various working groups, and is responsible for several large-scale documentation projects.

International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)

The mission of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) is to provide an international forum for those people interested in promoting effective school library media programmes as viable instruments in the educational process. IASL also provides guidance and advice for the development of school library programmes and the school library profession. IASL works in cooperation with other professional associations and agencies.

International Association of Technological University Libraries (IATUL)

IATUL provides a forum for the exchange of ideas relevant to librarianship in technological universities throughout the world. It also provides library directors and senior managers an opportunity to develop a collaborative approach to solving common problems. Founded in 1955 as a voluntary international non-governmental organisation of libraries, IATUL works in close cooperation with the Interational Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and since 1999 has also been a member of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI).

International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI)

ICSTI offers a unique forum for interaction between organizations that create, disseminate and use scientific and technical information. ICSTI's mission cuts across scientific and technical disciplines, as well as international borders, to give member organizations the benefit of a truly global community.

International Council on Archives (ICA)

The International Council on Archives (ICA) is a decentralized organisation governed by a General Assembly and administered by an Executive Board. Its branches provide archivists with a regional forum in all parts of the world; its sections bring together archivists and archival institutions interested in particular areas of professional interest; its committees and working groups are engaging the contribution of experts to the solution of specific problems.

International Council of Museums (ICOM)

ICOM is the international organisation of museums and museum professionals which is committed to the conservation, continuation and communication to society of the world's natural and cultural heritage, present and future, tangible and intangible. Created in 1946 and headquartered in Paris, ICOM is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) maintaining formal relations with UNESCO and having a consultative status with the United Nations' Economic and Social Council.

International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)

IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1927, it is registered and headquartered in the Netherlands since 1971, and today has 1700 Members in 150 countries around the world.

International Library, Information, and Analytical Center (ILIAC)

A non-profit US-based and US registered organization of international status set up with the goal to contribute to the development of educational, scientific, cultural and business cooperation between Russia and CIS countries, and the USA and other developed countries. ILIAC is incorporated by Russian and American legal bodies of various status.

Museum Computer Network (MCN)

Founded in 1972, the Museum Computer Network is a nonprofit organization of professionals dedicated to fostering the cultural aims of museums through the use of computer technologies.

Slavic and East European Section (SEES)

A division of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), SEES represents nearly 300 librarians and specialists involved in Slavic and East European studies. In addition to Russia and the countries of Eastern and Central Europe, the section is concerned with those aspects of library service relating to the study of the Baltic, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Western European Studies Section (WESS)

Part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the Western European Studies Section (WESS) represents librarians and others who specialize or are otherwise professionally involved in the acquisition, organization, and use of information sources originating in or related to Western European countries. Our aim is to promote the improvement of library services supporting study and research in Western European affairs from ancient times to the present.


Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL)

Friends of African Village Libraries is a small non-profit based in San Jose. Its founders are two Santa Clara University professors, Michael Kevane and Leslie Gray. After conducting a year of research in the village of Bereba, Michael and Leslie looked for a meaningful way to thank the villagers for their hospitality and help with the research. They noticed the complete lack of books in the village, and decided to explore the possibility of opening a library. The result is the creation of Friends of African Village Libraries and the library in Bereba. The non-profit is growing, after requests from other villages showed that the need is great, and that Bereba is by no means the only village where people’s situations deny them access to books. 

Information Science Foundation for East Africa (ISFEA)

Information Science Foundation for Eastern Africa (ISFEA) is a Regional Organisation that started in 2005 in response to the challenges of perception of the Information Science fields that result from limited awareness of the human resource skills possessed by Information Science professionals. It brings together a number of highly qualified and experienced Information Science professionals including Library Science; Records, Archive and Documentation management; Information Management, Data management; Information, Communication and Technology management; Book trade and Industry ready to handle all kinds of Information work in diversified fields in the region.

Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA)

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is a professional non-profit organization uniting and representing all institutions and people working in libraries and information services in South Africa. It strives to unite, develop and empower all people in the library and information field into an organization that provides dynamic leadership in transforming, developing and sustaining library and information services for all people in South Africa.


Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL)

CONSAL was founded in Singapore in 1970 in response to a growing sense of Southeast Asian identity, fostered particularly by the formation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It promotes cooperation in the fields of librarianship, bibliography, documentation and related activities, and holds a conference every three years in each member country by turn. Membership is open to libraries, library schools, national library associations, national libraries, and other related organizations in the region. To date, CONSAL has 10 members which includes the library associations and librarians of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL)

CEAL’s prurpose is to serve as a faculty-librarians' forum for the discussion of East Asian library issues of common concern; to formulate programs for the development of East Asian library resources, bibliographic controls, and access; and to improve and enhance interlibrary and international cooperation in East Asian library development and services. Membership is open to the members of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).

European Association of Sinological Librarians (EASL)

EASL is the outcome of a workshop on sinological libraries which took place 1981 at the Sinologisch Instituut of Leiden University. Originally affiliated with the European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS), today EASL counts over one hundred members who attend an annual conference to discuss common experiences and needs.

Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA)

The goal of the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance is to improve access to scholarly research materials through cooperative ventures. PRDLA supports traditional and emerging library functions with collaboration and funding for: digitization of information resources; shared access to electronic and hard copy information resources; sharing of expertise; personnel exchange; and professional development and research.


Bibliotheca Baltica

Working Group comprising 38 institutional members from the ten countries arround the Baltic Sea: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Danmark. The aim is to promote cooperation between libraries in the Baltic Sea Area, to to give guidance on collections of All-Baltic-Interest, to initiate projects in describing collections, virtual or digitized, and to serve scholars engageged in Baltic Sea Area Studies.

Bibliotheca Universalis

Bibliotheca Universalis is one of the eleven G7 projects launched during the G7 Information Society conference held in Brussels in February 1995. The main objective of Bibliotheca Universalis is to make the major works of the world's scientific and cultural heritage accessible to a vast public via multimedia technologies, thus fostering the exchange of knowledge and dialogue over national and international borders. The aim is to exploit existing digitization programs in order to build up a large distributed virtual collection of knowledge and make it available via the global communication networks, enhancing the services to the end users. In this way, it is hoped to advance international cooperation towards the establishment of a global electronic library system.

Conference of European National Librarians (CENL)

The Conference of European National Librarians is a foundation under Dutch law with the aim of increasing and reinforcing the role of national libraries in Europe, in particular in respect of their responsibilities for maintaining the national cultural heritage and ensuring the accessibility of knowledge in that field. Members of CENL are the national librarians of all Member States of the Council of Europe. The conference currently Franconsists of 47 members from 45 European countries. The European Commission has subsidized various CENL projects.

Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)

The Consortium was formed in 1992 on the initiative of research libraries in many European countries and legally came into being in June 1994. CERL’s primary objective is to record all books printed in Europe during the hand-press period, i.e. before c.1830, in a machine-readable catalogue, called the Hand Press Book Database. Two other significant initiatives are the development of the CERL Thesaurus and the CERL Portal.


DELOS is a Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries, partially funded by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies Programme (IST). The main objective of DELOS is to coordinate a joint programme of activities of the major European teams working in digital library related areas.

eBooks on Demand (EOD)

eBooks on Demand (EOD) is a new and exciting service, whereby millions of books will be available on request in electronic form. This project, co-funded by the EU, comprises 13 European libraries from 8 countries!


Four-year program (2005–08) established by the European Commission to tackle organisational barriers and promote take up of leading-edge technical solutions to improve acessibility and usability of digital material in a multilingual environment. The Program addresses specific market areas where development has been slow: geographic content (as a key constituent of public sector content), educational content, cultural, scientific and scholarly content. The Program also supports EU-wide co-ordination of collections in libraries, museums and archives and the preservation of digital collections so as to ensure availability of cultural, scholarly and scientific assets for future use.

European Digital Library (EDL)

EDLproject is a Targeted Project funded by the European Commission under the eContentplus Programme and coordinated by the German National Library. The project works towards the integration of the bibliographic catalogues and digital collections of the National Libraries of Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain and Sweden, into The European Library

European Information Association (EIA)

The European Information Association (EIA) is an international body of information specialists whose aim is to develop, co-ordinate and improve access to EU information. Members include public, academic and government libraries; information units of professional and voluntary groups; European Documentation Centres; Euro Info Centres; law firms; local authorities; publishers; and companies.

The European Library

The European Library, hosted by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek / National Library of The Netherlands, is a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals.... - both digital and non-digital) of the 45 national libraries of Europe. It offers free searching and delivers digital objects - some free, some priced.


Europeana is a Thematic Network funded by the European Commission under the eContentplus programme, as part of the i2010 policy. Originally known as the European digital library network – EDLnet –  it is a partnership of 100 representatives of heritage and knowledge organisations and IT experts from throughout Europe. They contribute to the Work Packages that are solving the technical and usability issues.

LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche)

LIBER is the principal association of the major research libraries of Europe. It was founded in 1971 under the auspices of the Council of Europe, and its current membership includes research libraries of more than thirty countries.

NARCISSE (Network of Art Research Computer Image Systems in Europe)

Research and development project of the European Commission's Directorate General XIII (Telecommunications, Information Market, and Exploitation of Research), NARCISSE is aimed at creating a high-resolution image bank and multilingual information retrieval system. The images are principally scientific documents made from paintings undergoing conservation. The documentation records consist of information about the paintings, original images, and conservation of the works. NARCISSE has adopted the data standard developed by the International Committee for Documentation's (CIDOC) Data and Terminology Working Group for the analysis of the text information. A lexicon of standard terminology has been prepared and translated into seven languages.

Telematics for Libraries (1990-98)

This site provides core information on the work carried out by the European Commission in the libraries field under the Third and Fourth Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development, Telematics for Libraries, from 1990 to 1998.


TEL-ME-MOR (The European Library: Modular Extensions for Mediating Online Resources) was a project funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme of the Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme. The project lasted from 1 February 2005 to 31 January 2007 and had two main objectives: (1) to support the 10 national libraries from the New Member States, which are partners in the project, in becoming full members of The European Library; and (2) to stimulate and facilitate the participation of organisations from the New Member States of the European Union in projects funded within the IST area.

Western European Studies Section (WESS)

The Western European Studies Section (WESS) represents librarians and others who specialize or are otherwise professionally involved in the acquisition, organization, and use of information sources originating in or related to Western European countries. Our aim is to promote the improvement of library services supporting study and research in Western European affairs from ancient times to the present.

Latin America and Caribbeans

Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM)

SALALM held its first meeting in 1956 when about 30 librarians and professors and one international bookseller met at Chinsegut Hill, Florida, to discuss and try to solve problems "concerned with the selection, acquisition, and processing of library materials from the Latin American nations and the dependent territories of the Caribbean." Since its founding, SALALM has provided the only national and international forum focused exclusively on collection development and services in libraries with Latin American collections. SALALM's primary missions are the control and dissemination of bibliographic information about all types of Latin American publications and the development of library collections of Latin Americana in support of educational research.

Middle East


Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library (AMEEL) is a project funded for four years (ending October 2009) by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant. AMEEL enlarges and expands the work of OACIS (see below), which is the bibliographical building block for AMEEL goals. These include: digitizing of about 100,000 pages of scholarly journal content from 10 Middle Eastern countries; providing for training sessions in Arabic digitization; developing workshops to facilitate technologically delivered interlibrary-loan between U.S. and Middle Eastern libraries; and building a substantial amount of technology infrastructure to partner with other information providers (of scholarly journals) to link their resources into AMEEL as a portal for scholarly Middle Eastern information. Partners include the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, and the Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek in Halle, Germany, as well as several publishers and U.S. libraries. Tishreen University (Syria), Balamand University, and American University in Beirut (Lebanon) are early partners in the document delivery parts of this effort.

Middle East Librarians Association (MELA)

The purpose of the Middle East Librarians' Association is to facilitate communication among members through meetings and publications; to improve the quality of area librarianship through the development of standards for the profession and education of Middle East library specialists; to compile and disseminate information concerning Middle East libraries and collections and to represent the judgment of the members in matters affecting them; to encourage cooperation among members and Middle East libraries, especially in the acquisition of materials and the development of bibliographic control; to cooperate with other library and area organizations in projects of mutual concern and benefit; to promote research in and development of indexing and automated techniques as applied to Middle East materials.

North America

American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)

The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information.

American Library Association (ALA)

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 64,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. ALA offers professional services and publications to members and nonmembers, including online news stories from American Libraries and analysis of crucial issues from the Washington Office.

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

AMIA is the professional home for biomedical and health informatics. AMIA is dedicated to promoting the effective organization, analysis, management, and use of information in health care in support of patient care, public health, teaching, research, administration, and related policy.

American Society for Information Science (ASIS)

Since 1937, the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) has been the society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.

American Theological Library Association (ATLA)

Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of more than 1,000 individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA's ecumenical membership represents many religious traditions and denominations.>

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLISNA)

The Art Libraries Society of North America was founded in 1972 at the initiative of Judith Hoffberg by a group of art librarians attending the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. This group realized that to fulfill the need among art librarians for better communication and cooperation, and to provide a forum for ideas, projects, and programs, an entirely new and separate organization was required. Inspired by the model of the Art Libraries Society, established in 1969 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, ARLIS/NA was created.

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

Association of College & Research Libraries is a division of the American Library Association. It "provides leadership for development, promotion, and improvement of academic and research library resources and services to facilitate learning, research, and the scholarly communication process." Contains links to ACRL Gopher Menu, College & Research Libraries News, ACRL 1997 National Conference Home Page, Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS), Instruction Section (IS), Western European Specialists Section (WESS), and Women's Studies Section. It publishes the C&RL News Net (College & Research Libraries News) which provides current information on issues relating to higher education and research library field. Also contains Washington Hotline and job postings.

Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

ARL is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements.

Canadian Association of Law Libraries/L'Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (CALL/ACBD)

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries/L'Association canadienne des bibliothèques de droit (CALL/ACBD) has roots dating back to the late 1950's when several Canadian law librarians informally began meeting at annual meetings of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) to discuss matters of mutual interest. On July 5, 1963, CALL/ACBD became a formal association with its own Constitution and By-Laws. The first President of CALL/ACBD was Marianne Scott, with Eunice Beeson acting as Vice-President and Rosemary McCormick acting as Secretary. CALL/ACBD also became a chapter of AALL in 1963 and continued as a chapter of AALL until 1971.

Canadian Library Association (CLA)

The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques was founded in Hamilton, Ontario in 1946, and was incorporated under the Companies Act on November 26, 1947. CLA/ACB is a non-profit voluntary organization, governed by an elected Executive Council, which is advised by over thirty interest groups and committees.

Center for Research Libraries (CRL)

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of North American universities, colleges and independent research libraries. The consortium acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. These resources are then made available to member institutions cooperatively, through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery.

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 200 institutions representing higher education, publishing, network and telecommunications, information technology, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI's Members

Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèques et Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada collects and preserves Canada's documentary heritage, and makes it accessible to all Canadians. This heritage includes publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents such as websites. As part of our mandate, we work closely with other archives and libraries to acquire and share these materials as widely as possible.

Library of Congress (LoC)

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Medical Library Association (MLA)

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is a nonprofit, educational organization with more than 4,000 health sciences information professional members and partners worldwide. MLA provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledgebase of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the health care community and the public.

Music Library Association (MLA)

Founded in 1931, MLA is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and all aspects of music materials in libraries.

Public Library Association (PLA)

The Public Library Association (PLA), with more than 11,000 members is one of the fastest growing divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve.

Special Libraries Association (SLA)

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners. SLA serves more than 11,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists.


Pacific Islands Association of Libraries and Archives (PIALA)

Established in 1991, PIALA (Pacific Islands Association of Libraries, Archives and Museums) is a regional association committed to fostering awareness and encouraging cooperation and resource sharing among libraries, archives and museums and related institutions of the Pacific Islands.

Pacific Manuscripts Bureau (PAMBU)

The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, known as Pambu, was formed in 1968 to copy archives, manuscripts and rare printed material relating to the Pacific Islands. The aim of the Bureau is to help with long-term preservation and accessibility of the documentary heritage of the Pacific Islands. The Bureau is based in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at The Australian National University. It is a non-profit organisation sponsored by an international consortium of libraries specializing in Pacific research. It is a rare example in the world of an on-going archival project involving this high level of international cooperation and commitment.

Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA)

The goal of the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance is to improve access to scholarly research materials through cooperative ventures. PRDLA supports traditional and emerging library functions with collaboration and funding for: digitization of information resources; shared access to electronic and hard copy information resources; sharing of expertise; personnel exchange; and professional development and research.