The European Chapter of SLA has signed up (on behalf of SLA) to work with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the Archives and Records Association, and the Information and Records Management Society to create an advocacy platform for information management.
The partners have come together to provide a bigger voice on behalf of their members to promote the benefits of good information management and the value of information management practitioners’ expertise to the UK economy, society and the well-being of its people.
The Alliance is an informal partnership of equal parties with clear objectives to build advocacy by means of both qualitative and quantitative evidence, aiming to influence governments, business leaders and decision makers in the UK.
Activity and work programmes will be developed and delivered across 2015.
Karen McFarlane, CILIP trustee and IM Project Board Leader said:
“It’s great that this lobbying alliance is bringing together, as equal partners, the leading associations supporting practitioners in the IM sector.
Together, we can deliver a clear message about the importance of IM to the UK’s economy and society, creating a new lobbying voice at a high political level for the IM sector and its practitioners. Together the wide IM Community can achieve so much more for the benefit of all.”
SLA President Sam Wiggins said:
“Whilst the initial focus has been on the UK, SLA brings different perspectives to the discussion. These include the view from the corporate and academic sectors as well as an international angle. We look forward to working with our Alliance partners to strengthen the role of information leaders in our organisations and communities, as well as influencing information policy.”