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

"The very wide range of activities undertaken by the Directorate continues in parallel, and unabated. Scholarship and Collections staff are involved in acquisitions and specialist cataloguing, curating exhibitions, preservation and conservation and web archiving. Close collaboration with the research and library communities is an important facet of curatorial work. The Directorate has played a major role in a number of events hosted by the Library, including the Unlocking Audio, Advances in Paper Conservation Research and Digital Lives conferences. Collection Care has hosted an increasing number of aspiring conservators, both interns and students, in the Library's Centre for Conservation.

The Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 has specific provisions in relation to the collection of printed publications, and confers powers to make regulations for the deposit of non-print publications, at the six legal deposit libraries. Recommendations were made this year, through the Legal Deposit Advisory Panel, to the Secretary of State, regarding offline electronic publications (such as CD-Roms) and the publications available freely on the web.

2008/09 has been a particularly good year for heritage acquisitions, which included the Ted Hughes Archive, the first edition of the Communist Manifesto, the Macclesfield Alphabet Book, the Dering Roll, a late 16th century German broadside featuring a portrait of Sir Francis Drake and the Zweig, Swift, Kodak Ltd and Fay Godwin archives."


Collection Care

  • Conservation
  • Preservation
  • Conservation Research and Training
  • Storage and Security
  • Digital Preservation Team

European and American Collections

  • European Collections
  • American Collections
  • Eccles Centre for American Studies
  • Maps
  • Music
  • Philatelic

British Collections

  • British and Early Printed Collections
  • Western Manuscripts
  • Sound Archive
  • Newspaper collections
  • Legal deposit
  • Web archiving
  • Moving image collections
  • Loans registry

Social Science Collections and Research

  • Official Publications
  • Politics and International Studies
  • Management Studies and Economics
  • Business and Intellectual Property
  • Social Policy, Sociology, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Socio-linguistics and Education
  • Human Geography, Anthropology and Food Studies
  • Law and Socio-legal Studies

Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections

  • India Office Records
  • East Asian Collections
  • South and South-East Asian Collections
  • Near and Middle East Collections
  • Western Language Collections
  • Visual Materials
  • International Dunhuang Project
  • Endangered Archives Project