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Knowledge management

Professional organisations

IFLA: International Federation of Library Associations
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.

Wikipedia list of library associations
A non-exhaustive list of library associations throughout the world, with Wikipedia articles and direct web links.

CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
The UK’s professional librarian’s association, provides policy, advice, publications, qualifications, training and careers services. Some services available for members only.

Aslib is renownedas the world'sleading corporate informationmanagement organisation. Its members are privateand public sector companies, organisations and government departmentsthroughout the world vitally concerned with managing information resources successfully and efficiently. ASLIB provides publishing, training and recruitmentservices, though membership is not required to attend training course.

Web 2.0 and e-Libraries resources

UKOLN Cultural Heritage – use of digital resources
Information on a range of topics relating to the use of digital resources and technology.

100 free Library 2.0 webinars and tutorials
The Internet is full of helpful webinars, presentations, and tutorials designed to help you take your library to the next level, some of the most useful are highlighted here. Coverage includes basic principals, social networking, data, learning, use by library staff, and information on specific tools.

JISC: Joint Information Systems Committee
JISC manages research and innovation programmes in the use of ICT in teaching, learning and research to build knowledge; develop services, infrastructure or applications; and provide guidance and leadership. JISCfunds initiatives and servicesto provide expertise, independent advice, guidance and resources to the UK FE and HE educationsectors to promote the effective and innovative use of ICT

News and resources on Library 2.0 and the information revolution

UKeiG: UK eInformation Group
UKeiG, formerly UKOLUG, is a respected and well-established forum for all information professionals, users and developers of electronic information resources. It promotes and advances the effective exploitation and management of electronic information and offers a wide range of resources including seminars and workshops


WIPO: World Intellectual Property Organisation
WIPO is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest

CLA: Copyright Licensing Agency (UK)
CLA is owned by authors and publishers and protects the value of their creativity by enabling them to get a fair rewardwhen their works are copied. CLA licensesorganisationsto copyarticles and extractsfrombooks, journals,magazines anddigitalpublications

IFRRO: International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations
IFRRO is an independent organisation establishedon the basis ofthe fundamental international copyright principles. Its purpose is to facilitate, on an international basis, the collective management of reproduction and other rights relevant to copyrighted works through the co-operation of national Reproduction Rights Organisations. A list of member organisations worldwide is available.

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Knowledge management

KM World
Online version of the American magazine offering news in the field of knowledge management.

Knowledge Management Resource Center
This site provides a comprehensive collection of KM resources, each reviewed and described.


Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Access to over 1,500 quality controlled scientific and scholarly electronic journals that are freely available on the web. The service will continue to grow as new journals are identified.

A large archive containing free, science based, full-text journals.


An American site giving access to thousands of free electronic books, poems, articles, short stories and plays. It also includes study guides, dictionaries, biographies, religious texts and popular non-fiction.

UC Press e-book Collection 1982 - 2004
More than 300 free electronic editions published by eScholarship Editions, mainly in the humanities, religion, history, literature, arts and social sciences.

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Libdex is a worldwide directory of library homepages, web-based OPACs, Friends of the Library pages, and library e-commerce affiliate links. The directory does not include links to terminal-based OPACs.

The European Library
The European Library is a free service that offers access to the resources of the 48 national libraries of Europe in 20 languages. Resources can be both digital or bibliographical (books, posters, maps, sound recordings, videos, etc.). Currently The European Library gives access to 150 million entries across Europe.

COPAC Academic and national library catalogue (UK)
The Copac library catalogue gives free access to the merged online catalogues of a wide range of major University and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland as well as specialist collections and includes the British Library.

Internet Public Library
The first public library of and for the Internet community based in the School of Information and Library Studies at the University of Michigan, USA.

LIBWEB: Library Servers via WWW
Links to national, state, academic and public library homepages in America. The site also includes links to selected academic and public libraries worldwide. Search by keyword or browse by country/continent.

National Library Catalogues Worldwide
A global collection of links to national library web sites and online catalogues.

References to over 1 billion items in 10 000 libraries worldwide.