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Terms of Reference

Purpose of Conarls Working Group

  • To provide operational support for library resource discovery and sharing in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
  • To provide professional support to TCR in resource and discovery matters.

Who are we?

The chairperson of the Conarls Working Group is appointed annually at the TCR AGM, from among representatives of TCR member organisations.

The Conarls Working Group itself does not have a fixed membership, but is assembled on a per-meeting basis from the member organisations of TCR, co-opted organisations and invited speakers.

Each member of TCR may send at most one representative to any given meeting of the Conarls Working Group. The representative chosen should be of a level or position to contribute most effectively to the matters discussed at the meeting.

The Conarls Working Group may also co-opt other organisations outside of TCR. Each co-opted organisation may send at most one representative to any given meeting of the Conarls Working Group. Again, the representative chosen should be of a level or position to contribute most effectively to the matters discussed at the meeting.

The organisations co-opted to the Conarls Working Group as of 1st April 2009 are:

  • The Library Council (An Chomhairle Leabharlanna)
  • The Forum for Interlending and Information Delivery (FIL)
  • The International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres, UK and Ireland Branch (IAML [UK & Irl])

Approaches are welcomed from other library organizations wishing to attend Conarls Working Group meetings.

The Conarls Working Group may also invite to a meeting a speaker or speakers with relevant insight on the matters to be discussed.

The same person may represent more than one organisation at a meeting of the Conarls Working Group.

What do we do?

Conarls Working Group is a not for profit group which operates under the umbrella of The Combined Regions (TCR).

The activities of the Working Group are governed by a work plan, which is prepared by the Working Group and approved by the TCR Board. The activities in the plan include:

  • supporting local, regional and national initiatives which aim to provide access for all to library and information collections in the UK and Ireland;
  • supporting the identification and location of electronic resources, monographs, serials and other published formats through national, union and other library and information catalogues and resources;
  • facilitating access to such materials, and the delivery of the material as appropriate between library and information services in the UK and Ireland;
  • dialogue, dissemination and the exchange of information between TCR and the library and information community involved in resource discovery; 
  • maintaining relevant material for a dedicated part of the TCR website;
  • operating the Conarls IRU Cost scheme, whose unit cost is set by the TCR Management Board and reviewed annually.

The Conarls Working Group has licence to respond to needs arising from the library and information services community, including by commissioning appropriate consultancy or professional services to support its work.

While funds for agreed activities are provided by TCR from the transferred ring- fenced funds, TCR may also support Conarls activity through its own funds, to be decided on a case by case basis.

What we do not do

The work of TCR is not duplicated.

When do we meet?

Twice per annum.

How do we operate?

TCR provides secretarial support for the group. The chairperson of the Conarls Working Group (or their delegate) reports to TCR Management Board and TCR Council on a regular basis.

Last Modified: 23 Nov 2009