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   64th IFLA General Conference
   August 16 - August 21, 1998


Code Number: 167-83-E
Division Number: V.
Professional Group: Section on Acquisition and Collection Development
Joint Meeting with: Serial Publications and Publishers Liaison Committee: Workshop
Meeting Number: 83.
Simultaneous Interpretation:   No

CIC - Committee on Institutional Cooperation

Barbara Allen,
Director of the Library Programs
Committee on Institutional Cooperation
302 East John Street, Suite 1705
Champaign, Illinois 61820-5698
Phone (217) 333-8475
Fax (217) 244-7127



The Committee on Institutional Cooperation, established in 1958, is the academic consortium of twelve major teaching and research universities located in eight states throughout the mid-west United States. Its programs and activities extend to all aspects of university activity except intercollegiate athletics. The members of the Committee, the chief academic officers of the CIC institutions, meet three times annually to establish CIC guidelines and procedures, to discuss proposed initiatives and evaluate existing programs, and to address collective concerns and policy issues common to these institutions.

The CIC member institutions are the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois (Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campuses), Indiana University, the University of Iowa, the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The CIC is organized both horizontally and vertically, mirroring the structure of its member institutions. Throughout its history, nearly every academic and administrative unit has been involved in CIC programs, participated in cooperative groups and panels, or enjoyed the mutual benefits of collegiality with members of sister institutions. Because these initiatives support the goals of the individual universities, cooperative ventures have arisen from all levels within the CIC.

The CIC Center for Library Initiatives leads and coordinates the consortium's numerous resource-sharing and other programs aimed at realizing the vision of the information resources in the CIC as a seamless whole, equally accessible to all 500,000 students and faculty served by our member universities. Many of the initiatives are given focus by the U.S. Department of Education funded project known as the CIC Virtual Electronic Library. This project will result in a mega-library as accessible as their local libraries to the students, faculty and staff at each of the CIC universities. Many other library projects are underway, including preservation of library materials, collaborative collection building, and collaborative licensing of electronic resources.

Web site

For more information about the CIC, visit their web site at