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Benefits of membership

The resources and activities provided by the M25 Consortium help member libraries develop and sustain their services in a variety of ways. From the staff training and development provided by cpd25 to support in disaster planning and recovery the benefits of Consortium membership extend to both library staff and users.

cpd25

The Consortium’s staff training and development programme provides a variety of training events that cover the diverse aspects of library and information service provision. Consortium members are charged a discounted rate for attendance.

cpd25 also organises free visits to many libraries throughout the year. This benefit is reserved for Consortium members only.

For the details of forthcoming events, please visit the cpd25 pages.

Search25

The Search25 tool allows users to simultaneously cross search the catalogues of most M25 Consortium libraries with access to live holdings information. Search25 also provides information on access to library services for visitors and subject strengths in individual libraries. The service enhances the visibility of member libraries and make them accessible to a wider group of students and researchers across the M25 region.

Access25

Access25 is a mutual access scheme for the benefit of postgraduate research students and staff in libraries belonging to the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries*. Access25 allows access to the teaching and research collections at more than 50 libraries in London and south east England. *Please note if your library is part of a Higher Education institution, you should use the SCONUL Access scheme instead.

Disaster Recovery

The Consortium has three main resources for its members in this area: a Mutual Support agreement, an IT Preparedness template and a Disaster Control Plan template.

The Mutual Support Agreement is an immediate benefit that comes into force once an institution has joined the Consortium. In the event of a disaster at a member library, other Consortium libraries will endeavour to provide study space for students from the affected library, providing physical access in line with the arrangements normally offered under the SCONUL Access and Access25 schemes. The Agreement can be invoked for one month and is designed to allow staff at affected libraries to prioritise disaster recovery by providing their students access to space and resources.

The IT Preparedness template and a Disaster Control Plan template are valuable resources providing guidance and advice for library staff involved in disaster planning. They are available to Consortium members on request to the Executive Manager.

Participation in Steering Group, Working Groups and Task Groups

Being an M25 Consortium member allows the library’s staff to stand for positions on the main governing Steering Group and its other Working Groups and Task Groups. Participation in these groups provides Consortium staff with the opportunity to network and develop their professional expertise in specific areas, as well as contributing to the work and achievements of the Consortium.

Consortium events

In addition to the training events provided through the cpd25 programme, the M25 Consortium holds a number of events throughout the year when members (and sometimes non-members) come together. The biggest of these is the AGM and Annual Conference in late April or early May. The conference is a one day event usually attended by in excess of 120 delegates. The preceding AGM is an opportunity for members to review the work of the Consortium in the previous year and comment on the Steering Group’s plans and budget for the year ahead.

The annual networking event is an evening reception, usually held in January, for directors and other staff of member libraries to come together in an informal environment and build their personal networks.

Directors’ briefings are also offered to members as an opportunity to receive training that is tailored to senior staff on a topic of particular relevance or urgency.

All Consortium events, including those organised by cpd25, can be found on the ‘Events’ page.