November 25, 2020

UK: Erotic Fiction Fuels Surrey Library Loans

From BBC News: “Racy lit” has led to a surge in library loans in Surrey as romance novels topped the list of the most popular e-books borrowed last year. Councillor Helyn Clack said the county’s love of erotic fiction and a boom in tablet computer sales had been credited with an 18% surge in e-loans. […]

UK Produces Most Impactful Research Despite Falling Research Investment, According To Thomson Reuters Study

From Thomson Reuters: Despite a relative decrease in private-sector research investment, the average “impact” of research originating in the United Kingdom has risen, surpassing that of the United States, according to a study released today by Thomson Reuters.  At the same time, while the U.K. investment in R&D had risen by about one-third in real […]

UK: Public Libraries: "Library Ruling Could Speed Closures"

UPDATE: CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professional) Response to the Brent Libraries Judicial Review and Full Text of Court Judgement (PDF) From The Telegraph: Residents of Brent, backed by some of Britain’s biggest authors, sought a judicial review after their local council announced plans to shut half of the borough’s 12 public libraries […]

UK: New Website Puts Spotlight on Women in History

From JISC: More than 80,000 fascinating documents that uncover the lives led by Yorkshire women such as Charlotte Bronte in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are now only a mouse click away. A major website launches today hosted by the University of Huddersfield, developed in partnership with West Yorkshire Archives Service and funded by JISC. […]