Hello all, following Sheena's email of 16/01, here follows a brief account of our visit to the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and its library on the 16th of December 2008.
Their website is really worth a look- it's very impressive. Before we looked at the library, we were given a comprehensive introduction to the Institute, with particular focus on its virtual learning environment, the SAS StudyOnline program https://studyonline.sas.ac.uk/. This is well-organised and packed with information; it must be an invaluable tool for the Institutes' MA students.
As well as its books, journals and government publications, the library also houses the Institutes many important archives. I was very impressed both at the rare and unique collections of the library, and the abilities of the Institute to make the most of its electronic resources.