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The British Library The Knowledge Network: The British Library Annual Report and Accounts 2008/09

"Overall, the Centre smashed its targets for business and employment support. It did the same with its targets for women (44 per cent versus 33 per cent) and black and minority ethnic customers (56 per cent versus 29 per cent). The centre held more than 2,300 sessions, working with over 150 organisations to support entrepreneurs and business enterprises.

A really important exhibition was Taking Liberties, showing people many iconic items that have defined political and social life in today's Britain. Equally importantly, it gave them the opportunity to express their views in innovative ways about issues that affect us all. We were delighted when the website won two prizes at the 2009 Learning on Screen Awards, including the Premier Award for 'an outstanding production that effectively meets its specified educational objectives'.

More than 114,000 people came to see the exhibition The Ramayana: Love and Valour in India's Great Epic. Both the exhibition itself and the exciting linked events made an important impact, encouraging so many new visitors to the Library from many different ethnic communities.

I think many people will have noticed the difference in our main website, too, this year. Coinciding with refreshed branding, we made significant improvements to areas that people use frequently – the Online Gallery, What's On and Help for Researchers.

In higher and further education, one of the most significant developments is EThOS – a live national service to make all UK theses available to researchers anywhere in the world. It is already proving spectacularly popular and is a great example of the power of partnership between the Library and other institutions – a real model for the future."


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