Community of Interest Groups

Between 2020 and 2022, SCONUL ran a set of pilot community of interest groups to test whether there was an appetite from the SCONUL community for collaborating in this way. We reviewed the findings from the pilot and will be establishing a new set of community of interest groups.

We are keen to hear from members who would like to take part in CIGs either as a member, as a co-chair, or as an organiser, on the following potential subject areas by 19 April:


                 University College Cork


  • Higher-level apprenticeships: for those who are interested in sharing practice on the development of a higher-level apprenticeship for your own library, including funding and business cases.
  • The Future of the Systems Librarian: for those interested in exploring the role of the systems librarian in supporting the evolving needs of the library and looking at challenges around recruitment and succession planning as the systems themselves continue to evolve.
  • Open-source solutions: for those interested in the development of open-source solutions for libraries own systems and for partnerships with both teaching/learning and research at our institutions.
  • Academic Libraries and learning technologies: for those managing learning technologists and those interested in developing in this area.
  • AI and information literacy: for those leading on the provision of advice to library users of  AI tools and techniques.
  • Library analytics: for those with an interest in exploring the use of library data and analytics for service improvement.
  • AI coffee mornings:  There is a huge amount of interest across the community in AI developments. In addition to a programme of webinars focused on particular aspects of AI, we are also bringing together those with an interest in AI developments within libraries on the last Friday of every month from 10am to 11.30am for the remainder of this year for an AI coffee morning.

These will give an opportunity for library colleagues to come together, share experiences and ask questions so that we can explore these tools and techniques as a community. These are not expert forums
but for sharing information and experiences as practitioners and they are open to all, whatever your role or level of expertise. Please bring your own coffee and biscuits!
At the first meeting, members of of the SCONUL AI team will share findings from the series of conversations that they have been holding with library service providers about their AI roadmaps.

For more information on joining a community of interest group, please contact