#BLGEW15 ‘Profit with a Purpose

This evening I attended this – and have just collected all tweets from the evening: [View the story “#BLGEW15 ‘Profit with Purpose’ Seminar” on Storify] Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…

Digital Archives

Digital content has been around for 20+ years, and is now formally being collected. All British print publications have been held by the libraries since 1662. But from today, says Lucie Burgess, the library’s head of content strategy, this has been extended “to capture the digital universe as well”. The 4.8 million websites using the .uk domain will all be collected and made accessible from January 2014, though certain material will be available earlier. Other Continue Reading →

The British Library and Data

The British Library is rising to the challenges posed by the creative chaos of the digital age, says outgoing chief executive Lynne Brindley The banking system may have lost public trust, but great libraries such as the British Library, which contain the DNA of civilisation, have the public interest built into their core values. Those values – which also include independence, integrity and longevity – must be maintained. But as I reflect on my glorious, Continue Reading →

Digitisation of Newspapers

http:[email protected]/4051917129/ As someone who spent hours and hours in the Newspaper archives at Colindale, this is exceptionally good news. It’s also interesting to see that the documents are not being scanned simply as electronic-paper, but there are plans to use that digital information to create an ‘encyclopedia of memory’, a ‘national memory’. Interestingly, the project is being worked on by the people behind Genes Reunited (yes, the people behind Friends Reunited… my first social network!)… due Continue Reading →

A grounding in gadgets (with @aleksk)

The British Library’s new researcher-in-residence will use both her media and academic expertise, writes Hannah Fearn With an enviable career as a television presenter and popular technology pundit, entry into the academy seemed an unlikely path for Aleks Krotoski. But a year after completing a PhD at the University of Surrey, she has found the ideal post, which allows her to do work with “academic rigour” and to make the most of her ability to Continue Reading →

British Library Catalogue

The British Library holds 14 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 58 million patents, 3 million sound recordings, and so much more. Search their collections here. Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest. https://twitter.com/ww2poster Like it? Share it…

Moving Words

“Cheerless and drab but ‘full of amazing stuff’. The British Library Newspapers collection at Colindale is moving and also becoming increasingly digitised. Huw Richards wonders if researchers will miss the feel of the paper beneath their fingers // The journey to the far reaches of the Northern Line’s Edgware branch always did feel rather like time travel – an impression accentuated about 20 years ago when London Underground managers admitted that, on the “next train” Continue Reading →

British Library Entry: PhD Thesis

It used to be that every PhD thesis was automatically collected by the British Library (in hard copy), but as the number of PhD’s have increased, this policy changed (around the time that I finished mine, 2004), and University Libraries were asked to keep a copy of each PhD thesis (which they generally already did), and make it available to the British Library if requested. I was informed by the University of Winchester library that Continue Reading →