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Overview of the year’s main achievements

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Achievements in scholarship & collections

  • A Management and Business Studies Portal is scheduled for launch in October 2010, and will provide remote access to the Library’s digital content, increase use of its collections and provide exclusive editorial content, personalisation and alerting services for more than 90,000 researchers, policymakers and practitioners.
  • Digitisation of 19th century Indian government reports took place with funding from the World Collections Programme. The reports contain a wealth of information about politics, the economy and society. A set was presented to the National Archives of India. Digitisation is an important step towards improving access to the South Asia collections through collaborative projects with academics and other institutions. 
  • Conservation CentreThe Preservation Advisory Centre ( was launched. The Centre supports the preservation of library and archive collections of all types through the provision of management tools, training and information services. It will take part in the preservation of library and archive collections, and encourage the value of investment in preservation to be recognised and supported.
  • The British Library and other legal deposit libraries secured an extension to the voluntary deposit agreement covering the Ordnance Survey’s premier digital mapping products. They also gained the national mapping agency’s support for data containing OS intellectual property rights to be deposited, with potential for a major expansion of geospatial data deposits.
  • Techniques were developed for the curation of ‘born-digital’ archives of writers, scientists and others. Access was enabled through the eMSS (e-manuscripts) server in the Manuscripts Reading Room. The British Library has led the way in ensuring authenticated digital capture of personal digital objects.

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