Who we are
MLAG (Museum Librarians and Archivists Group) is a network of archivists and librarians working in museums and galleries throughout the UK. Our emphasis is on informality, co-operation and action. We are keen to share views, experiences and innovative ideas with anybody interested in our field of work. Our concerns mirror those of all librarians and archivists and our activities are outward-looking, user-focused and cutting-edge.
We offer a regular annual programme of visits, seminars and talks on key current issues and participants are welcome beyond the group. We have also organised three successful biennial conferences. We strive to keep our fees for events as low as possible and in many cases these are free. We recognise that most conferences are beyond the budget of students and people on modest incomes so we have set our prices to make these easily affordable to all.
Museum libraries and archives represent a vast treasure trove of freely available resources. Our collections contain many millions of items and hundreds of archival collections. Much of our material is unique. We cover a diverse range of topics including war diaries, minutes of Masonic Lodges, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, taped interviews with top international artists and transport history.
As well as our physical facilities we also offer phone and written enquiry answering together with a range of online services. We appeal to researchers in the broadest sense, ranging from writers, academics and students to school pupils and amateur genealogists.
- To promote the sharing of skills, knowledge and resources between members and encourage new and innovative ways of making our culture accessible, realising our potential and inspiring people.
- Raising the profile of the sector and promoting its interdisciplinary strengths.
- Ensuring all stakeholders recognise the potential of members to contribute to achieving corporate goals.
- Creating opportunities to enhance collections and services through consortium working.
- Leading on professional development with an active learning programme, by creating forums for exchanging ideas and through sharing skills and knowledge.
- Setting standards and developing new models to encourage best practice in service delivery and collection management.
- Offering a positive experience to the widest possible audience, understanding their needs and creating attractive approaches to our collections and services.