To promote awareness, accessibility and the efficient utilisation of the physical and electronic collections (as represented by the Library and Archive collections and the publications of the Society) among the geoscience community. To balance the interests of the Fellowship and other users, recognising the significance of the Library as a unique resource of national importance, containing material not easily accessible elsewhere. To continue development of alternative delivery models for scientific content and metadata, alongside traditional hard copy publishing and library services, and to consider ways in which value can be added to these data.
Terms of Reference
i. To advise Council on strategic issues affecting the curation, utilisation and exploitation of the physical and electronic collections
ii. To oversee the development and implementation of plans to deliver access to information services, online and by other means, making best use of the Library and Archive collections and the Society’s own publications
iii. To gather the views of users on acquisitions, disposal, exchange and loans policies as they affect the Library and on web-based information delivery services provided by the Society
iv. With the Publications Management Committee, to monitor and develop online publishing policy
Council will identify a member of Council to have overall responsibility for developing and reporting on Information Strategy matters.
The Chair of the Committee will be a member of Council. The Committee membership will consist of up to four other members of Council and no more than 5 other Fellows of the Society, as approved by Council, having regard to the need to ensure continuity and a range of expertise, in particular significant knowledge and experience of electronic information delivery, and to balance representation of library and other service users, and of the wide range of geoscientists and those with other related interests.
The Executive Secretary, the Chief Librarian, the Archivist and the Data Manager will attend meetings of the Committee. The secretariat will be provided by the Chief Librarian.
Method of working
The Information Management Committee will report to Council.
There will be four meetings of the Committee per year and the Committee may establish advisory panels and time-limited working groups as required.