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UNIFIED PROFESSIONAL BODY FOR THE INFORMATION AND LIBRARY WORLD PROPOSED

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A 'green paper', proposing the unification of the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS) and The Library Associa...
A 'green paper', proposing the unification of the Institute of Information Scientists (IIS) and The Library Association (LA), is to be sent out shortly to all members of both organizations. Discussions between the two bodies have been going on for two years, culminating in radical proposals to take the profession into the new millennium.

The councils of both organisations have now given the go ahead to consult on the proposals which would result in the establishment of a new unified professional body for the information and library world. It is expected that the consultation paper will be issued in late November with a deadline for responses set for 15 March 1999.

Speaking at the IIS AGM last month, Neville Mackay of the department for culture, media and sport, said that unification made 'absolute sense'.

Mary Auckland, who chairs LA Council said, after the decision of her council to support the move, that the proposals were timely and provided the 'opportunity for the united profession to take centre stage in the electronic era and for information professionals in all sectors to work together for the benefit of their communities'.

Peter Enser, chair of IIS Council, speaking after his council had recorded its overall agreement with the development, emphasized the vital need for a new, unified organization to 'promote the skills of its members and their ability to contribute to a dynamic information-dependent economy.'

- The consultative paper, Our Professional Future, will be available from 30 November from:

Our Professional Future

The Institute of Information Scientists

44-45 Museum Street

London

WC1A 1LY

Web site: HYPERLINK http://www.iis.org.uk www.iis.org.uk

or

Our Professional Future

The Library Association

7 Ridgmount Street

London

WC1E 7AE

Web site: HYPERLINK http://www.la-hq.org.uk www.la-hq.org.uk

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