What is ALISS?

ALISS (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences) is a not-for- profit unincorporated professional society. It is an independent group which was formed in April 2005 by the former committee of ASSIGN (Aslib Social Science Information Group and Network).

Membership is open to:

  • Libraries/ information units in all sectors (government, commercial, voluntary sector, academic sector) associated with the social sciences.
  • Information workers/ librarians at all stages of their careers.

Recent Activities

ALISS Bitesize recording – our short youtube style recordings of how to trace materials on and about the Global South. Tracing Covid research
Black History Month

On 11th March we held the first ALISS showcase.  We are planning a series where teams of experts will provide an introduction to the range of free academic online resources that their library/ information service offers . Practical tips on discovery and usage will be provided . Slides / links will be sent to participants. The first event for international Women’s day included:

  • Gillian Murphy, LSE Library. The Women’s Library at LSE
  • Emma Pizarro,  LSE Library . Oral history Collections online: The Suffrage Interviews and Greenham Women Everywhere
  • Katrina Georgiades- British Library . An overview of collection items relating to women’s political history and enfranchisement at the British Library with an especial focus on remote resources. Highlights included:
  1. British Library player contains events
  2. Remote access electronic resources for registered users
  3. British Library Sounds- pioneering women In-depth oral history interviews documenting the lives of pioneering British women who pursued successful careers in their respective fields
  4. Sisterhood and After exhibition Listen to the voices of feminists who were at the forefront of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s and 80s. In addition to the interviews, explore the themes to discover the background to the movement and download our teaching resources for use in the classroom.
  5. Spare rib– digitised selections
  6. British Library social welfare portal– curated subject materials
  7. UK webarchive – snapshots of websites over time good for tracing issues Gender equality collection
    women’s issues
    https://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/*/  PLUS any website URL (including http://or https://) that is openly available on ukwa website (https://www.webarchive.org.uk/en/ukwa/index). If the site or page in question isn’t openly available a warning page will show up when you click on the crawled instance
  • Feminist Library of London 
    The Library holds a large archive collection of feminist literature, particularly Women’s Liberation Movement materials dating from the late 1960s to the 1990s, and materials from activist mobilisations post-2004. staff spoke about the history of the Library and the unique classification system used to organise the material

Transitioning to new ways of working  supporting ourselves and our users-   the ALISS Christmas  hot chocolate and experience sharing event! See the slides 

Latest issue of Aliss Quarterly now online! articles on information during the pandemic; decolonisation and disability support

Latest ALISS Disability Champions meeting notes – find tips on recommended resources . Recent issues of our disability Bibliography issue online

Rosamund Lily West image of article in Aliss quarterly

You can view slides from our previous events online

Marilyn Clarke, Goldsmiths University, talking about "Liberate our Library" ALISS AGM 2019
Marilyn Clarke, Goldsmiths University, talking about “Liberate our Library” ALISS AGM 2019

Forthcoming events

We are planning more showcase events!- Check this website for details!

We will be holding an ALISS disability meeting see – check this website for dates


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