National library bodies
The National Library of Scotland has a significant and important contribution to make to the UK library sector. Among organisations we work with are:
NLS is involved with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS). We provide a Scottish mentoring network for charterships, and often host training. It is important to us that we are involved in the development and training of library and information professionals for the benefit of the sector as a whole.
The British Library
NLS has a long-standing relationship with the British Library as a fellow legal deposit library. We exchange digitisation and preservation advice and contribute to legal deposit legislation. There is a close working relationship between our Rare Book Collections and the British Library's Early Printed Collections. We collaborate on buying early books, as well as in a number of other areas.
Scottish Library and Information Council
The Scottish Library and Information Council provides independent advice to the Scottish Government and Scottish Ministers on library and information matters. Members include all local authority, higher education and further education organisations, and NHS Trust library services, as well as other specialist library and information organisations. NLS supports the important workSLIC undertakes in representing the sector as a whole.
Scottish Confederation of University and Research
The Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries is a committee of the NLS Board of Trustees. Members include Scottish university and college libraries, National Museums Scotland and the Open University. Representatives of the Scottish Funding Council, SLIC and the Scottish Further Education Unit also attend meetings.
Society of College, National and University Libraries
The Society of College, National and University Libraries promotes excellence in library services in higher education and national libraries across the UK and Ireland. Through SCONUL, NLS learns from and shares experience with the wider library sector.