April 16, 2014

History: New Digital Archive Marks 75 Anniversary of Child Refugees Coming to UK

From the University of Warwick: Archives of material about child refugees evacuated to the UK to escape the Spanish Civil War 75 years ago have gone online at the University of Warwick, as part of the largest English-language digital collection on the conflict. This week marks the 75th anniversary of the arrival of around 4,000 […]

Bowker: British Kids Read Their e-Books On a Bigger Screen & More UK Adults Buying e-Books

From the Bowker Announcement: British children aged 10 and under are reading e-books, but on laptops rather than designated devices like the Amazon Kindle.  Once they turn 11, they embrace the Kindle as their most widely used device for e-book consumption. These insights are courtesy of Bowker Market Research’s Understanding the Digital Consumer project, an […]

UK: Just Released: “A New Chapter – Public Library Services in the 21st Century”

A new report released by the Carnegie UK Trust. From the News Release The Trust argues that public libraries can’t stand still in a changing world. Library services and buildings need to respond to the challenges and opportunities of reduced public spending, the digital age, and changes in lifestyles. Primary Materials Full Text Report (72 […]

British Council Releases New Online Archive Containing 120 Digitized Historical Films

From a British Council Announcement: Over 120 films providing fascinating snapshots of the UK’s cultural, sporting, industrial and political heritage have been launched online to the public thanks to funding from Google and the British Council. The films are from the British Council’s own film archive which dates back to late 1939 – and give […]

UK: "Community-run Libraries are Part of the Degradation of the Service"

From a Commentary in The Guardian: Volunteers can bring much to libraries, but the fact they are replacing paid staff shows how much de-skilling has taken place. Surrey Libraries Action Movement (Slam) is celebrating after the high court ruled that Surrey county council’s plan to replace trained librarians with a volunteer-only service in 10 of […]

UK: First Openly-Available Public Libraries Contact Database Now Available from Collections Trust

From a Collections Trust Announcement: The UK’s first openly-available public libraries contact database has gone live as a result of a major data development project initiated by the Collections Trust, a not-for profit organisation which promotes excellence in collections and adds value for their users. The information is freely available on the Government’s data.gov.uk database. […]

Online Poker Provider Announces Funding Help For a Local UK Library Service

From the BBC: An Isle of Man-based e-gaming firm has come forward with funding to secure the future of the Manx library service. Pokerstars, which has headquarters in Onchan, will fund the family and mobile service for the next three years. [Clip] The funds, which will be donated through the Manx Education Foundation (MEF), will […]

UK: New Website for the Archives Sector Launched

From the National Archives (UK): Our new Archives sector website has launched today, providing guidance and information for everyone who works with or within archives. The website brings together strategic and practical resources for archives across the country to develop their collections and services and improve the experience of their users. It provides a place for […]

New Issue of JISC Inform Features Interview with Harvard’s Robert Darnton About Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

Issue 33 (Spring 2012) of JISC Inform was released earlier today. Direct to Complete Table of Contents Articles Include: Digital Public Library of America “Robert Darnton, director of the University Library at Harvard, explains his vision of the Digital Public Library of America” The article also includes links to video of Darnton’s JISC/SCONUL Lecture in […]

New Digitized Collection: National Library of Wales' Oil Painting Collection Goes Online via Your Paintings Project

From the BBC: The National Library of Wales‘ entire collection of oil paintings has gone online for the entire population to enjoy as part of the Your Paintings project. Over 1,950 oil paintings in the library’s collection have been photographed and put on the website in the partnership project between the Public Catalogue Foundation and […]