January 28, 2022

UK: “British Library Pledges Support to University Libraries”

From Times Higher Education:

The new chief executive of the British Library has pledged to support university libraries as they seek “the heart of the service” they should be providing in financially straitened times.

Roly Keating joined the library last September after almost 30 years at the BBC, where he served as controller of both BBC Two and BBC Four, and most recently as director of archive content.


On access to material, Mr Keating told Times Higher Education that he is fully supportive of “the brave call” made by his predecessor, Dame Lynne Brindley, that the library should be “a resource for anyone who wants to do research, provided they have a bona fide research project and need to use our collections”.


Although he is “fascinated by how the library has begun to grow, within its current funding, an entire digital library service”, Mr Keating was at pains to stress that it was not “moving from physical to digital” but “moving to physical and digital”.

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