May 18, 2022

New Document: British Library Releases Vision for Future Development, 2015-2023

From the BL:

[The new document is titled] Living Knowledge [and] sets out the British Library’s vision for its future development as it looks ahead to 2023, the year of its 50th anniversary as the national library of the United Kingdom.

It explains how the Library delivers public value – in custodianship, research, business, culture, learning and international partnership – and fulfils its mission to make our intellectual heritage accessible to everyone, for research, inspiration and enjoyment.

Read the Complete Blog Post (Includes Slideshow and Additional Info

Direct to Full Text Document (20 pages; PDF; Also Embedded Below)

See Also: Blog Post by BL CEO, Roly Keating

Guided by the vision and values of Living Knowledge the British Library will embark on a number of ambitious projects that will support its mission to make our intellectual heritage accessible to everyone, for research, inspiration and enjoyment. These include digitally preserving the nation’s 6.5 million sound recordings, extending the successful Business & IP Centres to 20 UK city libraries, supporting the public library network and growing the diversity of the Library’s cultural and learning programmes onsite and online. These programmes will both enable greater access to our collections for more people and will also diversify access across the UK.

See Also: Rise Of Smart Phones And Social Media Makes People Crave Real Books, British Library Report Finds (via The Telegraph)

Day in the Life of the British Library

The soundtrack to the video was created by DJ Yoda in a custom-made track sampling the Library’s own vast sound collections, performed live from the British Library’s Entrance Hall on 21 November 2014 as part of the BBC 6 Music Celebrates Libraries season.

Living Knowledge the British Library 2015-2023

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