What is ALISS?

ALISS (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences) is a not-for- profit unincorporated professional society. It is an independent group which was formed in April 2005 by the former committee of ASSIGN (Aslib Social Science Information Group and Network).

Membership is open to:

  • Libraries/ information units in all sectors (government, commercial, voluntary sector, academic sector) associated with the social sciences.
  • Information workers/ librarians at all stages of their careers.

ALISS Xmas Special: Libraries and innovations in learning- 16th December 2015- papers now online

Crowdsourcing the Library and archive 12th August- papers now online

AGM 1st July -What do 21st Century users expect from a Library- How can we deliver it? - papers now available

ALISS has just launched a new disability forum for information professionals find out more and get minutes and slides from the first event.

Forthcoming events

  • ALISS Champions for Disability Forum next meeting March 10th 2016
  • Getting them in and keeping them: effective practice for Libraries and information Services. 21st April 2016-  Senate House London

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Libraries and Locksmiths

We were recently made aware of a story that described how a librarian had found a young boy sitting on the steps of the library long after the doors were locked. It turned out that the young man was making use of the wifi provided by the library as he had no access to the internet at home.

It is widely known that there has been a gradual decline in book reading throughout the western world. It appeared to the librarian that times are changing and if libraries are to continue to be useful places to serve the public, a new direction needs to be found. This encounter clearly showed that the boy was using the library for completely different purposes than originally intended.

The interent has affected locksmiths in the same way. Locksmiths are increasingly being used as sources of product research and price comparisons. If your family locksmith business is anything like ours then I'm sure you would have heard the saying "I can find those locks cheaper online". We would always respond that they can buy them online but our installation would not include the guarantee.

But it got me thinking, it could be time to focus on repair and installation of locks rather than selling them. Just like the story with the librarian, if the internet is starting to make parts of the locksmith industry business model redundant than maybe it's time to find a new business model.

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