Five bodies were the founding members of the LIS Research Coalition in 2009: British Library (BL), the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), and the Research Information Network (RIN). The Strategic Health Authority Library Leads (SHALL) Group joined the Coalition as an associate member in March 2010. In June 2010 the Committee on Library Cooperation in Ireland decided to take up associate membership of the Coalition for one year. The next organisation to announce its intention to join the Coalition was the Scottish Library and Information Council in May 2011, closely followed by CyMAL the next month. In July 2011 SCONUL joined as an associate member.
Categories of membership of the Coalition are set out in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by representatives of the founding members in March 2009. Coalition membership is open to all LIS stakeholder organisations across the UK. Full members currently pay an annual subscription of £9500. Associate members, including cross-border organisations in Ireland, pay a subscription of £1000.
The terms of the governance of the Coalition are also set out in the Memorandum of Understanding. The work of the Coalition is overseen by the Board of Directors comprising a representative from each full member. Applications to join the Coalition either as a full or an associate member shall be determined by the Board. As soon as there are four associate members they will be eligible to elect one from among their number to be a member of the Board of Directors. As soon as there are eight or more associate members they will be eligible to elect a further member to the Board. The maximum number of associate members of the Board of Directors will be two.
Coalition membership gives organisations an opportunity to influence the UK LIS research agenda, enjoy preferential rates at Coalition events, and visible acknowledgement of their support of LIS research in the UK. Any queries about membership should be referred to Hazel Hall: email@example.com.