Other notable achievements
- The Business & IP Centre
The Business & IP Centre again exceeded its business support targets. A grant was submitted to the European Regional Development Fund to enhance our offer for growth businesses and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Newcastle City Library, Northumbria University and NESTA to pilot a regional centre in the North East.
- British Film Institute (BFI)
The Library signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the BFI, with the objective of increasing public, professional and research access to audiovisual and broadcast content and integrating it with other knowledge collections. The MoU outlines key areas for joint strategic thinking, including public access, rights management and digitisation. It complements the MoU signed with the BBC in 2009.
- Financial savings
The Library maintained delivery of its challenging business plan. It achieved the £4 million in year reduction required by DCMS and, crucially, laid much of the groundwork required to deliver further reductions in future years.
- Future Jobs Fund Initiative
The Library supported nine young unemployed people to gain six months’ work experience through the scheme, funded by the Department of Work and Pensions. Opportunities included sound archive cataloguing, exhibitions, public affairs and developing the Olympics website. Four participants subsequently found jobs and three started higher education.
- Green Award
The Library’s energy efficiency programme won recognition in the Mayor of London Green Awards 2010, receiving a Platinum award for substantially reducing carbon emissions.
- Two-site Strategy
We vacated the Library’s three remaining leasehold buildings, completed one new build at Boston Spa and secured funding for, and progressed delivery of, the Newspaper Storage Building. Full delivery of the Library’s two-site strategy is now firmly in sight.