Libraries of the Future: Project sponsors

The project sponsors are the British Library, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), Research Information Network (RIN), Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL).

About the British Library

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation. It includes: books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages.

About the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

JISC is a joint committee of the UK further and higher education funding bodies, and is responsible for supporting the innovative use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support learning, teaching, and research. It invests in development and provides the JANET network, a range of services, a portfolio of high-quality resources and provides advice and strategic leadership in issues relating to ICT and education and research. JISC investments aim to help maintain the UK's position as a global leader in education and research.

About the Research Information Network (RIN)

The RIN is an independent organisation, established and funded for an initial three year period from mid-2005 by a consortium of the four Higher Education funding bodies, the three UK National Libraries and the seven Research Councils. Its mission is to lead and co-ordinate new developments in the collaborative provision of research information for the benefit of researchers in the UK. The key role of the RIN is to provide the strategic leadership of required to establish a national framework for research information provision, and to generate effective and sustainable arrangements for meeting the information needs of the professional research community.

About Research Libraries UK (RLUK)

Consisting of 32 of the top research institutions in the UK and Ireland, including the three UK National Libraries, for over 25 years RLUK has been at the forefront of instigating and supporting openly available research resources, including Copac, the Archives Hub, SHERPA, and 19th Century British Pamphlets Online. RLUK is a major thought leader in the UK library sector, and works with its partners nationally and internationally to ensure that the UK has the best research support in the world.

About the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)

The Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) represents all university libraries in the UK and Ireland, irrespective of mission group. It promotes awareness of the role of academic libraries in supporting research excellence and student achievement and employability, and represents their views and interests to governments and regulators. It helps academic libraries collaborate to deliver services efficiently including through shared services, and to share knowledge and best practice. It runs the SCONUL Access Scheme which allows students access to university libraries other than their own.