November 25, 2015

WLIC 2013 Paper: “Born.Digital@British.Library: Opportunities and Challenges of Implementing a Digital Collection Development Strategy”

Here’s the fifth selection in our series featuring papers that will be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2013 next month in Singapore.

Our first four selections are linked at the bottom of this post.

Today’s Selection (#5)


Born.Digital@British.Library: The Opportunities and Challenges of Implementing a Digital Collection Development Strategy


Caroline Brazier
British Library 


IFLA Library


In this paper I will describe the recent evolution of the British Library’s collection development strategy and policies, to show how one of the largest research library collections in the world is making the transition to digital collecting. I will discuss how we are changing what we collect in core areas such as commercial publishing, new web-based media and heritage collections. In doing so, I will consider how these changes are shaping our thinking about the future of services, and how they affect our approach to our key strategic partnerships. Finally, I will discuss how the move to digital leads to some fundamental changes in the knowledge and skills demanded of our staff.

Direct to Full Text Paper (10 pages; PDF)

Previous WLIC 2013 Paper Selections

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