E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Fall 2000

Document Type



Journal of Southern Academic and Special Librarianship (Fall 2000) 2(1-2). ISSN: 1525-321X. Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v02n01/hannesdottir_s01.html.


Copyright 2000, the author. Used by permission.


NORDINFO, the Nordic Council for Scientific Information was founded as a bridge between research libraries and the growing information and documentation sector. NORDINFO’s secretariat was set up in Helsinki, Finland, and some permanent staff 6 was appointed to coordinate the activities. The full name behind the acronym was “The Nordic Cooperative Council for Research Libraries and Scientific Information and Documentation.”

When looking at the history of Nordic research library cooperation, it is clear that the members of the committee that suggested the establishment of an institution that would combine librarianship, documentation and information were people that understood what developments were likely in the future. It is also clear that the field is in such a state of rapid change, that without a strong institution that coordinates cooperative activities and finances developments and experiments, Nordic research libraries would not be as advanced as they are. And, as a consequence, the scientist would not have access to such a good information service as they now have.