The AMICAL Consortium’s mission is to advance learning, teaching and research through the collaborative development of library and information services and curricular resources at member institutions.
Founded in 2004, AMICAL brings together 27 institutions of higher education located in 21 countries across Eastern, Central and Western Europe, West and North Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia, and Russia. Operating in diverse cultural contexts but committed to the American model of liberal education, AMICAL institutions have chosen to collaborate for mutual benefit and to support the advancement of learning and teaching.
AMICAL holds an annual Conference on member campuses where participants have the opportunity to discuss emerging issues in libraries and information services in higher education, often with the participation of leading figures in these areas. The annual meetings are also an essential opportunity for AMICAL’s working groups and committees to plan collaborative projects for the coming year.
AMICAL’s membership is aligned with AAICU (the Association of American International Colleges and Universities), whose participants are the campus leadership of AMICAL’s Full and Affiliate Member institutions. As a consortial organization, AMICAL belongs to the ACL (the Association for Collaborative Leadership) and ICOLC (International Coalition of Library Consortia) and partners with OCLC to offer library services to participating members. AMICAL’s development has been made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The American University of Paris is AMICAL’s founding and host institution.