Staff at Special Collections are actively involved in their respective professional librarian, archivist and conservator oganisations. The librarians are members of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), the archivists are members of ARA (Archives & Records Association) and the conservators are members of Icon (The Institute of Conservation).
CILIP (Rare Books & Special Collections Group)
Professionals involved in the curatorship of special collections within HE institutions and other academic organisations in the UK.
Rare Books in Scotland (RBiS)
This group is a forum facilitated by the National Library of Scotland for members of staff in Scottish libraries and other organisations (of all sizes and in all sectors) who have responsibility for collections of rare books.
North-East Scotland Local Studies, Archives & Museums (NESLAM)
This group is a collaborative group that provides locally delivered opportunities for sharing professional knowledge and expertise with the aim of improving services and facilities and promoting access to local heritage resources (the group was formally known as Grampian Information Local Studies & Archives Group, GILSAG). Membership includes: Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums, Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire City Archives, Aberdeen Library Local Studies, Aberdeenshire Libraries Local Studies, Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society, Aberdeenshire Museums, Aberdeen & North-East Family History Society, Elgin Museum, Gordon Highlanders Museums, Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, NHS Grampian Archives, Robert Gordon University Art & Heritage Collections and University of Aberdeen Museums.
Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Ancestral Tourism Partnership (ANESATP)
This group is an affiliation of regional archives, registrars, family history societies and other organisations that hold and promote genealogical resources to visitors both at home and abroad. The group has published an award winning guide to family history research in the area and also hosts an accompanying website.
Scottish Universities Special Collections & Archives Group (SUSCAG)
This group is composed of staff from all the Universities and discusses all matters relating to Special Collections and Archives in Scottish Institutions of Higher Education and to circulate information on the subject of HE Research Collections.
Business Archives Council (Scotland) Executive Committee (BACS)
The Business Archives Council of Scotland was established in 1960 as an independent archive body concerned with the active preservation of the records of Scottish business and industry. Special Collections are represented on this Committee due to the Capturing the Energy project.
European Oil & Gas Archives Network (EOGAN)
EOGAN was founded in 2009 and is a European network of professional archives, cultural institutions and companies related to oil and gas, with the purpose to promote the retention and usage of relevant archives, and the sharing of skills and experience.