Overview of the year’s main achievements
- Major progress with digitisation
- Major acquisitions
- Business & IP Centre activities
- Collection stewardship achievements
- Copyright debate and the Digital Economy Bill
- Major exhibitions
- Achievements in science, technology and medicine
- Achievements in scholarship & collections
- Other notable developments
Business & IP Centre activities
- The Business & IP Centre generated a net present value of £11.3 million to the UK small business sector, according to an independent report for the British Library and the London Development Agency.
- As part of its ongoing web 2.0 strategy to engage and inspire entrepreneurs, the Centre launched a new interactive website – www.bl.uk/bipc – giving access to its own YouTube channel, social networking forums, blogs and webcasts.
- The Centre launched and hosted Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009, contributing a week of seminars, workshops and one-to-one advice sessions. Key events included In Conversation with Lord Sugar and Extraordinary Entrepreneurs Evening with leading female entrepreneurs including Linda Bennett, Julie Meyer and Rachel Elnaugh.
- The inaugural Management Book of the Year competition was launched in collaboration with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), in a nationwide search to find the UK’s best management books.