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University of London Library Resources Co-ordinating Committee

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 UoL/LR
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: University of London Library Resources Co-ordinating Committee
Date(s): 1962-1996
Level of description: Subfonds of the University of London
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Extent: 19 volumes, 145 folders, 70 envelopes, 17 booklets and 2 reports
Name of creator(s): University of London | Library Resources Co-ordinating Committee
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Following the publication in 1971 of the report of the Committee on Library Resources- an ad hoc body charged with investigating the problems of library provision within the University of London- the Senate set up in 1973 a Library Resources Co-ordinating Committee with responsibility for the administration and development of the University's central library services, including the University Library, the Extra Mural Library and the Depository Library, and for promoting the co-ordination and rationalisation of library activity in the University as a whole.

The work of the LRCC was carried out by a co-ordinating staff under the Director of Central Library Services, who was also Goldsmith's Librarian of the University Library, with offices in the University Library. The LRCC organised an extensive programme of automation: the Union List of Serials, the Shared Cataloguing System includes ten libraries and produces a Union Catalogue of Current Acquisitions containing 267 000 general records and 335 000 local records. The Central Book Fund makes grants to libraries for developing their special collections. The Central Information Service carried out research and development on computerised information storage and retrieval systems and provided training courses.


Scope and content/abstract:

The collection comprises minutes, agenda and other meeting papers for various committees, boards, advisory panels, steering groups and sub-committees of the Library Resources Co-ordinating Committee; reports; administrative papers including correspondence and memoranda; guidance notes for library use and guides to the resources available; a series of library bulletins and newsletters by the Purchasing Group and Cataloguing Co-ordinator's Group; copies of presentations and seminar papers.

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1. Meeting Papers for Committees, Boards, Advisory Panels, Steering Groups and sub-Committees. 2. Reports. 3. Correspondence and Administrative Papers. 4. Guidance Notes and Guides to Resources. 5. Bulletins and Newsletters. 6. Seminars and Presentations.

Conditions governing access:

Open except for records exempt under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Special Collections Reading Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Catalogued online. A handlist is available in the Special Collections Reading Room. A pdf copy is attached to the sub-fonds description.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
1999-08-31 Simon McKeon, 2006-08-23 Michael Broadway, 2011-06-27

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