BAILER was formed in 1992 and superseded the Association of British Library and Information Science Schools (ABLISS), whose membership had been restricted to School’s Heads of Department. The new Association includes all teaching and research staff in twenty Information and Library Schools or Departments in Universities in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Aims and objectives

BAILER exists to reflect and help focus the evolution of the field of information and library studies; an essential part of that evolution is the development and encouragement of teaching and research staff in member institutions by:

  • Bringing together those involved in teaching and learning to exchange ideas and practice

  • Acting as a forum within the United Kingdom for matters relating to information and library studies and education and research

  • Maintaining contact within organisations outside the UK concerned with education for information work

BAILER History

Below are some of the activities BAILER have been involved in:

  • A two day workshop on research and the LIS curriculum (sessions on undergraduate and postgraduate projects, parallel sessions on IT/IM/Information policy curricula) (1993)

  • A stand at the online information exhibition (1993)

  • Position papers

  • Curriculum-oriented special interest groups formed and meeting. e.g.:

    • Information Management

    • Records Management

    • Information Policy

    • Work Placements

  • Communications – LIS-BAILER and LIS-BAILER-HEADS e-mail lists created (JISCMAIL hosted)

  • Representation on British Standards committees

  • Representation at recruitment fairs

  • Publication of a directory of LIS courses

  • Input into consultation on LIS NVQs

  • RAE/REF panel representation