Welcome to the Polar Libraries Colloquy

Welcome to the Polar Libraries Colloquy web site. The Colloquy provides an international forum through which librarians and others concerned with the collection, preservation, and dissemination of information dealing with the Arctic and Antarctic regions, discuss issues of mutual interest and promote initiatives leading to improved collections and services.

Membership provides great opportunities to network with colleagues in other institutions. From its origin, the fostering of greater international collaboration has been a central objective.

The Colloquy meets biennially at venues by tradition alternating between Europe and North America. It also maintains this website, an email discussion list, and a weblog.


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A New Year, A New Name

ROCS logo Nestled against Colorado’s foothills, Boulder is home to a number of organizations dedicated to the study of climate, weather, and the world of snow and ice. One such organization is the National Snow and Ice Data Center, and within its walls resides an information center and archives dedicated to the study of the cryosphere. Until recently, these two entities were unofficially called the NSIDC Library and Analog Archives, but as of October 2008, they have a new name and a new presence. Please meet the new Roger G. Barry Resource Office for Cryospheric Studies (ROCS) at NSIDC. With the new name comes an internet page, a weekly blog newsletter, and a broader audience. Full article...