September 19, 2014

New Collective Licence for International Non-Commercial Document Supply by the British Library

From the BL News Release: The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) has agreed an extension of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Document Delivery Licence with the British Library that allows the licensed supply of articles to overseas non-commercial end-users via overseas not-for-profit libraries at a special fixed rate. The British Library plans to launch its International […]

British Library Plans Complete Website Overhaul + Full Text of BL Invite to Tender

From Guardian Government Computing: The British Library is planning a major project to build a new online platform and replace its existing website. Over the next 3-5 years it will run a web redevelopment project to create a new online presence that will provide targeted content for researchers, learners and the public, according to an […]

New British Library, JISC Agreements for Elsevier and Taylor & Francis

From The Bookseller: Elsevier and Taylor & Francis have both signed agreements with the British Library which aim to improve the speed of delivery of documents to non-commercial readers abroad. The agreement requires end-users and not-for-profit libraries to monitor whether articles are being used commercially or non-commercially, with the articles supplied under the new agreement […]

New: 4 Million Pages of Historical 19th Century Newspapers from UK and Ireland Now Available Online via British Library

Note: Full text search and snippets are free to all. Various payment plans to view full text. Details below. From the Announcement (Also Includes Video and Images): The British Library and online publisher brightsolid today launch a website that will transform the way that people use historical newspapers to find out about the past. The […]

New Report: Information Handling in Collaborative Research: An Exploration of Five Case Studies

A new report released today by the Research Information Network (RIN) in the UK. From the Announcement: This study, commissioned by RIN and the British Library, comprising of a set of case studies looking at how researchers access, use and disseminate information in collaborations between higher education and business, public and third sector partners. The […]

New eBook Treasures Released By British Library, Available for iPad

From The British Library: The Luttrell Psalter, William Tyndale’s New Testament and Sultan Baybar’s Qur’an are the latest in the series of eBook Treasures to be released by the British Library. The Luttrell Psalter is regarded as one of the most important medieval books in the world. A Psalter is a book of psalms which […]

National Libraries: Dame Lynne Brindley to step down as Chief Executive of the British Library at the end of July 2012

From the BL: The British Library has announced that, after twelve successful years as Chief Executive, Dame Lynne Brindley is to step down at the end of July 2012. Under her outstanding leadership the British Library has developed as a major cultural and scholarly institution in its new flagship building at St Pancras and she […]

"British Library Attacked for Amazon Link"

Will we be hearing the following concern from others in the UK, US, and elsewhere going forward? We would not surprised. From The Bookseller: The British Library has come under fire from booksellers for including a link to online giant Amazon.co.uk on entries in its public online catalogue. The catalogue lists more than 13 million […]

British Library Welcomes Europe’s National Librarians Support of Open Data Licensing

From the BL: The British Library welcomes the announcement made by the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) to support the open licensing of their data (28 September 2011). This will mean that datasets describing millions of books and texts published in Europe will become increasingly accessible for anyone to re-use for whatever purpose their […]

Digitization: New: "Ancient Music Books Accessible to All" (Early Music Online)

From Royal Holloway, University of London: Fragile treasures of 16th Century music are now freely available online, thanks to a partnership between Royal Holloway, University of London, the British Library and JISC. The Early Music Online project has digitised more than 300 books of the world’s earliest printed music from holdings at the British Library. […]