Transform access and preservation for newspapers
Continue to implement the plan for a dedicated newspaper storage building at Boston Spa and improved digital access to newspapers at our St Pancras site in London, working in partnership with online publisher brightsolid and the newspaper industry.
Following the Comprehensive Spending Review in October, funding for the Newspaper Storage Building was confirmed. Building contractors are due to be appointed in June.
120 Colindale has been closed and the warehouse has been demolished to make way for new development under the Colindale Area Action Plan. Users of our newspaper collection will be able to enjoy new facilities in a dedicated reading room at St Pancras. We continue on schedule to vacate 120 Colindale and redeploy 34 staff to roles in St Pancras.
Our digital content partner, brightsolid, has commenced digitisation of newspapers which are being ingested into our digital library store as part of our digital collection.
Digitise at least 500,000 pages by the end of 2010/11.
After some initial delays in setup, brightsolid have now digitised in excess of 350,000 pages, with plans to increase the scale of digitisation considerably during 2011/12.