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Public libraries work with local communities and artists to create a War Memorial for the digital age

“Original letters, photographs and newspapers from library collections inspire community groups and artists to create a unique response to the First World War that can be accessed online. The Digital War Memorial, created by public libraries working with their local communities and established artists, will be launched today at the British Library by Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture and Digital Economy and the Society of Chief Librarians.” (via British Library)

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The Academic Book of the Future

“The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Library are launching a two-year research project which will explore the future of the academic books in the context of open access publishing and continuing digital change. Dr Samantha Rayner, Director of the Centre for Publishing at the University College London (UCL) will lead the project ‘Communities of Practice: The Academic Book of the Future’. Alongside colleagues Simon Tanner and Professor Marilyn Deegan from King’s College London and Nick Canty from UCL this multi-disciplinary team will engage with the publishing and academic community to better understand the current landscape of academic publishing. A combination of large scale scoping work and more focussed mini-projects will ensure that opinions, approaches and ideas are included from the UK and beyond.” (British Library – Press and Policy Centre)

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Historic Victorian Atlas Published Online

“A historic atlas of Great Britain has today been published online for the first time, offering a unique view of England, Scotland and Wales over the last 500 years. Digitised by Ancestry.co.uk, the Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers, contains 57 separate county maps, which show how Britain’s ancient parish and county boundaries have changed shape over the centuries. Navigable online, the Atlas lets users scroll over whole counties and zoom in and out to identify local parish towns and churches.” (via Ancestry.com)

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BRITISH LIBRARY PUTS LITERARY TREASURES ONLINE

“The British Library is putting hundreds of its most valuable literary resources online, from the Bronte sisters’ childhood writings to William Blake’s notebook.

The new website features digital versions of 1,200 handwritten manuscripts, diaries and letters from Romantic and Victorian writers including Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth and Jane Austen.” (via The Associated Press)

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As the British Library posts its greatest literary treasures online, new research reveals that young people could be struggling to engage with the classics

“Generations of readers first discovered their appetite for the classics of English literature when studying them at school. As the British Library posts some of its greatest literary treasures online, new research reveals that 82% of English teachers believe that today’s secondary school students ‘find it hard to identify’ with classic authors.” (via British Library)

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