What is ICIRN?
rganized in 1960, the Interagency Council on Information Resources in Nursing is a voluntary group made up of agencies and organizations concerned with providing library and informational resources for nursing and improving access to library services for all nurses. Each member organization appoints a representative and an alternate, usually a nurse or librarian, to serve on the Council.
Four officers--a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer--are elected for two-year terms. Members volunteer for committee assignments. There currently are standing committees for archives, bylaws, convention planning, and membership.
Mission Statement and Goals
To establish an effective system of information resources in nursing to advance the profession through the promotion and use of its literature.
How Does It Function?
- To identify the needs of nurses for information and services
- To promote communication between nurses and librarians concerning information resources for nurses
- To increase accessibility to and use of nursing information resources
- To foster research and studies on information resources for nursing
- To provide for a forum for the exchange of ideas and discussion of issues
The Council meets twice yearly where members exchange information, ideas, and experiences, explore the library and information needs of nurses, and make suggestions to appropriate executive bodies regarding the development and use of library and informational resources. The Council also promotes the use of library resources through publications, programs, and exhibits at nursing, library, and health related meetings.