Fri, 05/04/2013 - 09:36
New regulations coming into force tomorrow [6th April] will mean that publishers will have to provide a copy of all digital publications to the six legal deposit libraries in the UK and Ireland.
The libraries, including the British Library and the Bodleian Library, will have the right to receive a copy of every UK electronic...
Thu, 28/03/2013 - 07:30
Biographer Michael Holroyd has described the government's compromise over the future of the Public Lending Right body as "both a relief and an irritation". He also labelled its treatment of Registrar Jim Parker as "ungenerous".
Meanwhile Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publishers Association, expressed...
Wed, 27/03/2013 - 11:51
The Public Lending Right (PLR) is to be run by the British Library, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced.
The day-to-day running of the scheme is to stay with the existing PLR operation in Stockton-on-Tees, with staff becoming employees of the British Library from 1st October when the changeover takes place...
Tue, 07/08/2012 - 08:00
Arthur Conan Doyle’s diary of a youthful expedition to the Arctic is set to be published for the first time by the British Library.
The account of the Sherlock Holmes creator's experiences as a ship’s surgeon on the Arctic whaler The Hope has been unavailable to the public since being written more than a century ago....
Thu, 10/05/2012 - 11:55
One-time "The Late Show" editor Roly Keating has been appointed as the new chief executive of the British Library, replacing Dame Lynne Brindley.
Keating is director of archive content at the BBC, and a former controller of BBC Two and BBC Four. He will take up his new role on 12 September 2012.
Tue, 13/12/2011 - 14:14
The British Library is celebrating the 90th anniversary of writers' charity PEN with a permanent sculpture on its piazza by Antony Gormley.
English PEN commissioned the cast-iron sculpture of an empty chair, a symbol the organisation has used for the last 30 years to represent imprisoned writers around the world.
Tue, 29/11/2011 - 15:00
Elsevier and Taylor & Francis have both signed agreements with the British Library which aim to improve the speed of delivery of documents to non-commercial readers abroad.
The agreement requires end-users and not-for-profit libraries to monitor whether articles are being used commercially or non-commercially, with the articles...
Fri, 18/11/2011 - 08:35
Dame Lynne Brindley is to step down from her post as chief executive of the British Library at the end of July 2012. She has been at the helm of the Library for the past 12 years.
BL chairman Baroness Blackstone said: “Lynne's great contribution has been to redefine the British Library for the 21st century, to ensure its...
Wed, 19/10/2011 - 15:33
The British Library says it is "providing users with the choice of an alternative method of obtaining a title if, for some reason, it is not available in the Library's Reading Rooms". But users have always had an alternative method: it is called going to a bookshop.
Are the British Library's directors unaware that...
Wed, 19/10/2011 - 15:01
Tim Godfray, chief executive of the Booksellers Association, has asked British Library c.e.o. Dame Lynne Brindley to review the Library’s relationship with Amazon “as a matter of urgency”, following the furore over links to Amazon.co.uk on records in its online catalogue.
Booksellers have challenged the British...