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UKB is regarded as important advisory body by the Dutch Universities and by governmental institutions in the area of scientific information.
Participants in UKB are the head librarians of the libraries involved, who meet on a two-monthly basis. The UKB elects its own board, comprising a chairman, a vice-chairman and a secretary-general. An administrative secretary assists UKB on a part-time basis. This is usually a member of staff of the secretary-general's own library organisation.
Members of UKB are also members of the advisory board of Pica, the Dutch library cooperative. Pica was originally founded by a group of university libraries to support catalogue automation at a national level.
UKB has a number of permanent advisory committees, comprising experts recruited from the member libraries. Areas covered include: manuscripts, cataloguing, subject classification, public services, and coordination of collections. UKB is also represented on the Dutch national committee on the subject of legal library affairs.
Royal Library (national library), the Hague
Library of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Amsterdam
and the libraries of all universities in the Netherlands except the Open University, namely:
University of Amsterdam
Free University of Amsterdam
Erasmus University, Rotterdam
University of Twente, Enschede
Catholic University of Nijmegen
Technical University Delft
Technical University Eindhoven
Agricultural University of Wageningen
UKB maintains relations with associations of university libraries in Germany (notably North Rhine Westfalia) , Belgium, and other countries
UKB is currently discussing its role as a national consortium for the acquisition of licenses for access to digital information and for the discussion of terms of access.
In this context UKB published a joint statement on licensing principles with the GBV in Germany and hosted a meeting between representatives of UKB, GBV, COLC, and SCONUL/CURL. This meeting helped lead to the formation of ICOLC and the publication from the USA of the ICOLC statement on licensing practices.
UKB is currently considering the need to expand its budget to support more national activity in this area.
Dr. J. H de Swart,
Dr. A.C. Klugkist