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CIO interview: Lee Edwards, chief technology officer, The British Library

“The British Library is beginning a major technology transformation to enhance the ways in which it maintains, collects and preserves UK knowledge in digital and physical form, as well as how it makes that content available online and at its main London location.” (via Computer Weekly)

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Quiet, please… In praise of the British Library

“My favourite place to work in London, my private club and second home, was once described by Prince Charles as “the assembly hall of an academy for secret police”. He was directing his ire specifically at Humanities 1, the main reading room of the British Library. It’s true it doesn’t possess the Beaux Arts grandeur of New York Public Library’s Rose Reading Room, where the soaring ceiling is decorated with gilded plaster roses surrounding a cloud-tossed sky. By contrast Hum 1, as it’s invariably known, is a little bureaucratic, even dowdy, furnished with sober oak tables and green leather chairs. But its plainness is what makes it such an excellent place to work: a zone of mutual concentration, a temple consecrated to the endless delights of learning more about the world.” (via The Guardian)

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British Library hits the right note with purchase of Gilbert and Sullivan archive

“More than a century of productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operas and the working life of the company for which they were created has been bought by the British Library from the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. The collection includes prompt scripts, musical scores, photographs, costume designs, pay lists, reel to reel recordings, a set of clothes peg dolls dressed as characters from HMS Pinafore and some devastatingly frank comments on auditions.” (via The Guardian)

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British Library Chief Librarian confirmed CILIP Trustee

“The British Library’s Chief Librarian Caroline Brazier will join the Trustee Board of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals from the start of 2016. Caroline has a wealth of experience developed over thirty years of working in libraries in the UK and internationally. Caroline has worked in academic, research and national library sectors involved in research, the development of standards and digital developments. She is also currently a Trustee of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the Britten Pears Foundation and the Saga Trust. (via CILIP)

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How The British Library handles information architecture & ecommerce

“In some ways, the notion that an institution like the British Library has to market itself at all is fairly new. Indeed, my step father wrote a paper on exactly that topic (marketing is a family affair, you know). But not only does the British Library have to create ‘customer value’, it has to do so online, casting as wide a net as possible and relying on its website to engage and even convert(!). With the aid of analysis from its brilliant blog, let’s have a look at the British Library’s improvements to website information architecture.” (via econsultancy)

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