Library Unions and Associations

The International Federation of Library Associations
IFLA institutions
The leading international non-governmental organization representing the interests of library and information services and their users.
IFLA implements a body which helps the worldwide library community to meet in order to  consider issues of international importance.
IFLA was founded in Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1927, as official organization was registered after the adoption of the Charter, in 1971 in the Netherlands. Headquartered IFLA is permanently at the Royal Library in The Hague, Netherlands.
The main objectives of IFLA:
To support a high level of security and delivery of library and information services; promotion of understanding of the value and importance of high quality library and information services in the private, public and social (voluntary) sectors; represent the interests of its members around the world.
Российская библиотечная ассоциация (РБА)
Russian Library Association (RLA)
Founded in 1994,
Aims of the Association:
Joining forces, support and coordination of the libraries activities, library associations and schools in the interest of preservation and development of librarianship in Russia, representation and protection of interests of the Russian library community, enhancing the prestige of libraries and official status of the librarian profession.
National-Informational Librarian Centre LIBNET
“The Centre” was founded by two national libraries of Russia: Russian State Library and the Russian National Library in March 2001, for the implementation of Russian Libraries cooperation projects in the field of creation, sharing and use of electronic resources based on modern technologies
Official registration of the Center, as an autonomous non-profit organization, was held on April the 11th, 2001. The center is supported by the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography.
Objectives of the Centre:
facilitating the realization of the country’s national library policy in the field of information; organization of cooperation in the field of libraries: implementation of the national formats of RUSMARC format and cataloging rules; bibliographic service; machine-readable cataloging; creation of electronic libraries; the creation of the Union Catalog of Russian Libraries (SCBD); creating authority files, assisting in the organization of cataloging technologies before publication (CIP); participation in the organization of training and retraining of library and information professionals in the field of information technology; organizing meetings and seminars on the issues of cooperation of libraries; providing access to the most important informational resources.
Interregional analytical list of articles (MARS) mars.arbicon.ruThe project exists since 2001 and currently units  more than 200 libraries of different systems and departments which creates a composite database with the common efforts. Currently database contains accounts 1,700 magazines.
The features of the project is complete analytical magazines painting, the equality of all participants of the project, the use of uniform regulations and openness of the project. Any library can join the project if agreed with the applicable rules in it. The summary database does not contain the full texts of the articles.
But EDD project allows participating libraries to place the order electronic copies of articles for their readers.
International Centre for Scientific and Technical Information