August 29, 2014

The British Library Becomes First Non-University Institution to Join UK’s FutureLearn MOOC

From a BL Announcement: The British Library has announced its intention to join the UK’s MOOC platform FutureLearn offering participants of its online courses access to the Library’s unique digitised resources. The Library will be the first non-university research institution to join the initiative, and is among five university partners announced today during a major […]

New Online from The British Library: Oral History Recordings with British Sporting Legends

From the BL: With less than two weeks until the start of the London 2012 Olympics, the British Library is making available a selection of 61 oral history interviews documenting the lives and careers of sportsmen and sportswomen throughout the twentieth century. Available for anyone to listen to via the Library’s Sounds website, the recordings […]

“The Memory of a Nation in a Digital World” by Dame Lynne Brindley

From an Op/Ed in New Statesman by Dame Lynne Brindley (CEO of The British Library): It has been estimated that less that 1 per cent of all online activity related to the London Olympics will be saved. Future generations of researchers will also search in vain for much of the reaction to major events such […]

British Library Board Appoints Roly Keating New Chief Executive

From the BL: The Board of the British Library has appointed Roly Keating as the Library’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Keating, currently Director of Archive Content at the BBC, and a former Controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, will take up his new role on 12 September 2012. Baroness Blackstone, Chairman of the […]

Statistical Report: “The British Library – Transforming Stored Knowledge Into Smart Knowledge”

Direct to Full Text Report (7 pages; PDF) The British Library makes an essential contribution to the UK’s intellectual, social, economic and cultural life, underpinning key sectors of education and research. Here are a Few Examples of the Statistics Included in the Report: £4 million Value of digitising 4 million pages of historic newspapers in […]

The British Library Submits Sesponse to DCMS Consultation on Non-Print Legal Deposit

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From a BL Announcement: The British Library has today submitted its response to the DCMS [Dept. of Culture, Media, and Sport] Consultation on the Draft Legal Deposit Libraries (non-print works) Regulations 2013. A number of improvements have been made to the draft Regulations since the last consultation and the Library supports them overall; however some […]

British Library Acquires Original Manuscript of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’

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From The British Library: The British Library has acquired the draft score of ‘The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’, one of the most famous compositions of Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Completed on New Year’s Eve 1945, this original manuscript charts the composer’s earliest ideas for what has become one of the most frequently performed pieces […]

British Library Welcomes Public Consultation on Non-Print Legal Deposit

From the BL: The British Library welcomes the publication of the DCMS [Dept. of Culture, Media, and Sport] consultation, “Consultation on the Draft Legal Deposit Libraries (non-print works) Regulations 2013” and the commitment to deliver regulations for non-print legal deposit. Since the introduction of the 2003 Legal Deposit Libraries Act, the Legal Deposit Libraries have […]

The British Library Starts Videogame Website Archive Project

From The Independent: Curators at The British Library have begun the process of archiving videogame websites to preserve gaming culture for future generations. While game experts have previously tended to concentrate on archiving physical items such as computers, disks and cassettes, the Library feels gaming websites perfectly illustrate the impact of the industry on society. […]

The British Library 19th Century Historical Collection App Wins Publishing Innovation Award

From the Announcement: At the opening of the Digital Book World Conference in New York City yesterday, the British Library, together with technology partner, BiblioLabs, LLC, was awarded the prestigious Publishing Innovation Award (PIA) for their British Library 19th Century Historical Collection iPad App. The App, released in August last year to rave reviews from […]