March 2008, the direct successor to NCOLR (National Council on
Orientalist Library Resources) which was itself a development from the U.K. Standing Conference of
National and University Libraries Advisory Committee on Orientalist
Materials (SCONUL ACOOM).
Its objectives are to provide a general forum
for librarians, archivists and researchers involved in the collection, development and use of library
resources and services for Asian and Middle Eastern studies; to promote
and improve access to
these resources; to liaise with and encourage co-operation between
the various library groups concerned with particular regions of Asia;
and to promote contacts with similar organisations outside the UK.
All members of our Regional Library Groups have automatic membership.
is also open to:
- Institutions providing access to relevant library resources.
- Other organisations interested in the objectives of NACIRA.
interested in the objectives of NACIRA.
subscription is currently levied, but a charge will be made for
attendance at the Annual General Meeting and Conference, which is held
in December, to cover running expenses. Notices will be emailed to
all registered members and Regional Library Groups. Copies of the constitution are available
on request from the Secretary.
NACIRA organises a Conference and
Annual General Meeting, usually held in December.
It co-funds the administration of the UKIRA (Mapping Asia) website. This is a database of intellectual resources (collections
of books, journals, newspapers, AV materials etc) concerning Asia and the Middle East, that
are located in UK libraries and other institutions.
The IT sub-committee organises an
Development Seminar : Internet and Related Resources for Asian Studies.
The IT sub-committee research reports and surveys can be downloaded here.