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Overall aims and objectives for the Academic and Research Libraries Group (ARLG).

Through its national committee, its regional divisions and especially its membership as a whole, ARLG has the following aims and objectives:

  • Ensure opportunities for individual, personal and professional development through involvement in the group's activities as a whole as well as participation in its formal structures.
  • Engage proactively with national issues and debates, contributing to the formulation of CILIP initiatives and responses, and ensuring appropriate linkages, participation and communication with CILIP.
  • Encourage and facilitiate the exchange of information and experience within the group and with other organisations.
  • Support, develop and publicise innovative services, best practice and staff development, through bursaries, awards and other initiatives.
  • Develop and sustain a strong regional structure which optimises members' active participation in the group and engagement with regional agenda.
  • Develop and sustain international links to widen awareness of overseas developments and facilitate visits, exchanges etc.

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Committee Vacancies

Opportunities to join our committees are advertised in the volunteering section Informational Professional Jobs.  Check the website for current vacancies.

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