We were very pleased to find an article highlighting the valuable contribution to the work of an architectural practice that a librarian can make (AJ 29.1.04).
While it is accurate to say that there is no specific architectural librarianship course available in the UK, we thought it would have been useful to point out that many librarians working in construction are in fact chartered librarians - the route to chartership being similar to the one to become a chartered engineer.
However, we were surprised that no mention was made of the Construction Industry Information Group (CIIG).
CIIG provides a useful network of colleagues working in the construction field, runs subjectspecific CPD talks, visits, and gives guidance to members.
CIIG can also provide a list of suitably qualified and experienced freelance librarians for the smaller practice.
Bearing in mind that UK copyright law changed on 31 October 2003, downloading material from the Internet, to store on an intranet, can be risky - not just in terms of currency and accuracy, but also in terms of copyright legislation. Some of your readers may, therefore, be interested to know that there are specialist UK companies who can provide an electronic full text service for the construction industry, which can not only ensure that the material the practice uses is up to date, but is also 'copyright paid'.
Andrea Beddard, on behalf of the Arup Librarians