Library and information networks provide a forum for the sharing of information resources and expertise. Networks provide mechanisms for strengthening individual libraries, for providing cost-effective access to a wider range of information resources and for the effective dissemination of information to a wider audience.
The resources and systems developed to facilitate information sharing (links available in the left inside menu) include:
- Directories of libraries and information centres
- Distributed Library searching and shared databases
- Standard methodologies for information management
FAO Fisheries Library interacts with several networks and is an active participant in International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC). With about 400 members in many types of organization around the world, IAMSLIC provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and information in all aspects of the aquatic sciences and allied disciplines, including fisheries and aquaculture. The Regional Groups of IAMSLIC facilitate collaboration on issues relevant to different regions.
Further information on these and other relevant networks at international and regional level:
- IAMSLIC (International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers)
was founded in 1975 and is a non-profit organization providing an annual conference, continuing education workshops, newsletter, membership directory, electronic mail conferencing, and special projects. Individuals representing all types and sizes of libraries and information centres participate, including marine and freshwater research and policy institutions, government agencies, colleges, universities, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. By virtue of its clearly defined focus, IAMSLIC offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with librarians and other specialists working in aquatic science information throughout the world. IAMSLIC's purpose is to promote active cooperation and sharing of resources among libraries and information centers which specialize in any aspect of aquatic science — freshwater, brackish and marine.
- AGLINET (Agricultural Libraries Network)
is a world-wide network of large international agricultural libraries working together to serve other member libraries. Some of these include fisheries and aquaculture in their coverage and in general provide access to a broader range of economic and rural development literature for the benefit of smaller specialised fisheries libraries.
A regional fisheries library network as such has not yet emerged in Asia, although several regional fisheries and aquaculture organizations include information exchange and networking amongst their main activities:
Latin America and Caribbean