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International Nuclear Information System (INIS)  &  IAEA Library

No. 13, September 2012

 

The International Nuclear Library Network (INLN)

The International Nuclear Library Network (INLN), coordinated by the IAEA Library, is a global nuclear information and knowledge management initiative. It provides a high benefit solution for nuclear information centres, libraries and research institutes to enhance their information pool and stakeholder services without generating additional costs to their parent organizations. The Network allows for the identification, creation, distribution, and, where appropriate, adoption of insights and experiences that relate to nuclear information management; this represents the INLN’s added value. A community of information management best practices in the making, which, coupled with the shared culture of information exchange, is the reason behind the dramatic increase in membership: 37 members from 27 countries currently constitute the INLN.

Members from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan reap the benefits of participation in the INLN. The work of the members within the Network focuses on concrete actions: bringing the right information in the right format at the right time to the right people is the Network’s major objective.

At a time when digital resources are growing in great proportion, the INLN facilitates the exchange of nuclear information, and provides a forum in which new relationships among nuclear information professionals are built, and existing ones strengthened. Connecting people to people and people to nuclear information is the daily routine of the Network. Among the services offered by members to members, Requests for Information (RfIs) represent by far the largest share. Requests incorporate literature searches, the use and evaluation of both closed and open access nuclear information sources, methods of setting alerting services, nuclear information management research questions, the exchange of insights or experiences, and queries about general guidance on nuclear information. The Document Delivery Service (DDS) remains a major attraction of the INLN, representing a considerable share among all requests submitted. Requests for Interlibrary Loan (RILL) are one of many benefits the INLN offers its members, while the newly introduced service of offering guidance on nuclear information and knowledge management via telephone or Skype has also become popular.

Dedicated to continuous improvement, the Network brings a culture of sharing in nuclear information management and cultivates open communication and exchange among members. Research on nuclear energy is encouraged and assisted, barriers to sharing are overcome, and the exchange of scientific and technical information is fostered.

More about the INLN: inln.iaea.org
Become a member: [email protected]

Thanos Giannakopoulos
Librarian/Communications Specialist
International Nuclear Library Network Coordinator