American International Consortium of Academic Libraries began with a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation in 2004 to explore the possibility of 17 American-style, liberal arts institutions forming a consortium. Among the topics this group was charged to explore were sharing electronic resources, collaborative training, shared course offerings and interlibrary loan possibilities. In 2006, by unanimous vote of all member institutions voting, AMICAL adopted the Membership Agreement and the Operating Guidelines and 17 members have formally joined AMICAL on the basis of these founding documents.

This Year’s Conference: Ifrane, 2007

This year’s conference will be hosted by the Mohammed VI Library at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco May 27-30, 2007. This year’s focus will be “Integrating library and IT services for better learning.” The Keynote address will be delivered by Susan Perry from Mt. Holyoke College, Senior Advisor for Liberal Arts Colleges at the Andrew Mellon Foundation and Director of Programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

This year’s conference will deal with three major themes: “Collaboration on Technology-Enhanced Information Environments’, “Collaboration for Academic Integrity” and “Networks: Sharing Resources, Sharing Expertise.” NITLE post-conference workshops will be given about the use of social software tools in higher education environments, and information services tools and systems such as learning management systems and institutional repositories.

At the end of the conference participants will have the opportunity to attend the Fès Festival of Sacred Music

For more information, see the AMICAL 4 conference website.