ICAN is the InterLibrary Cooperation & Networking Section of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA). Join us if you are interested in interlibrary cooperation and networks. ICAN provides discussions, programs, and planning activities for the effective delivery of quality library services through multitype library networks--local, state, multistate, national, and international.

ICAN offers the personal contact necessary for directors, staff, and board members of multitype networks to develop new ideas, examine issues, and solve problems. Follow this link to list of Executive Committee members.

Why should I join ASCLA ICAN?

"For me, attending ALA is a valuable experience primarily because of ICAN. I come home from every conference with a half dozen new ideas from the people and programs at ICAN sessions."— Sara Laughlin, Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority

"ICAN serves as a 'think tank' within ALA that is extremely useful for those who manage and implement interlibrary cooperation. Uniquely, it provides the framework for addressing issues in this area from a universal, rather than just a technical perspective."— Laurence Miller, Director, Florida International University Libraries

"ICAN provides a forum to meet and network with colleagues. The problem-solving techniques others are utilizing to address telecommunication issues and the mutual support given by others involoved in cooperative ventures are incomparable resources."— Janet A. Ohles, National Network of Libraries of Medicine


ICAN members develop and sponsor programs at ALA Annual Conference. Recent programs have covered

  • Portals
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Cooperative Collection Development
  • Document Delivery
  • Recent Research in Networking
  • Current Issues in Interlibrary Loan

Committees and Discussion Groups

ICAN Committees and discussion groups serve the interest of participants.  Current discussion groups

  • Interlibrary Cooperation
  • Consortium Management
  • Virtual Library
  • Collaborative Digitization
  • Physical Delivery

For current information on ICAN discussion groups and chairs, use the ASCLA Rosters page (see link at left), or the following link:


ICAN publications include:

  • Library Networks in the New Millennium:  Top Ten Trends, 2000.
  • Strategic Planning for Multitype Library Cooperatives: A Planning Process, 1998.
  • Strategic Planning for Multitype Library Cooperatives: Samples & Examples, 1997.

How can I get involved?

It couldn't be easier ... Come to a meeting. All discussion groups and most committees are open and all ALA members are always welcome. PLEASE JOIN US!

Write or call the ASCLA Headquarters Office for a membership application:

50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Toll-Free: (800) 545-2433 Ext. 4398
Phone: (312) 280-4398
Fax: (312) 944-8085
E-mail: ASCLA@ala.org

Current members can join the ICAN listserv by sending an e-mail to sympa@ala.org. In the Subject line, put:


For example: SUBSCRIBE ASCLA-L Jane Smith

Do not put anything in the body of the message.


Executive Committee

Use this link to view up-to-date contact information on the  ICAN Executive Committee

ICAN Bylaws

Bylaws for ICAN can be found here.