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Support UK research with innovative services and integrated processes

Deliver our exhibition, Growing Knowledge: the evolution of research, which will demonstrate and explore uses of innovative technology in the research and knowledge economy, engaging with the research community.


Our first interactive exhibition, aimed at demonstrating a range of digital tools and services to enhance research, was opened in October. Based on initial feedback we made some technical adjustments and provided new content which have resulted in increased traffic to both the website and the onsite exhibition.


Develop and deliver a health and social care information service together with third sector partners.


During the year we have finalised plans, undertaken feasibility studies and consulted with internal and external stakeholders, including our partners Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), in order to secure commitment for delivery of our service in early 2011/12.

Develop and implement a strategy to provide and make accessible research data in the Social Sciences and in Science, Technology and Medicine (STM).


We have continued to add datasets with more than 400 now available through ‘Search our Catalogue’. The Management and Business Studies (MBS) portal has been successfully launched, providing remote access to rights-cleared full text content and enhanced resource discovery by bringing together print and digital material for this subject area. The team continues to lead on delivering UK PubMed Central, a free to access archive of peer reviewed research articles in biomedical and life sciences. Having secured agreement that we can become a member of the UK Access Management Federation (UKAMF) we can work on facilitating access for British Library non-academic readers for further resources.


Continue to develop the Research Information Centre (RIC) in partnership with external organisations to provide an online environment that supports the information needs of STM researchers.


A new version of the RIC has been developed on Microsoft SharePoint 2010, providing a more flexible and extensive platform for future development. The project website received the highest number of hits on the Science web pages for September.

Despite internal restructuring within the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) programmes, discussions are ongoing with other organisations with a view to launching a service to the bioscience sector by the end of the year.


Develop and deliver a prototype online British Library service to support the research information needs of the environmental sciences community, including scientists, policy makers and funders.


Market research into environmental sciences requirements has informed how we will work closely with the ‘Living with Environmental Change’ partners to focus on resources related to ‘flooding’ aimed at flood researchers and decision makers. Simultaneously, work continues with our partners to co-ordinate national activity for information provision in environmental sciences.


Continue to engage with the World Collections Programme (WCP) which aims to share British cultural and curatorial expertise with institutions particularly in Asia.


We successfully secured project bids totaling £141,000 from the WCP in its final year. Having forged closer links with the Indian Ministry of Culture, they have granted permission for the National Library of India and the British Library to take forward a proposal for the digitisation of Indian Vernacular material for the Ministry to consider funding. Our relationship has been reinforced by Dame Lynne Brindley’s presence as part of the of the Prime Minister’s delegation to India last summer.

The Chinese Ambassador attended our National Library of China workshop to develop key strategies for 2011–15.

We have worked with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to secure funding for the National Library of Iraq.

Our partnership with the Qatar Foundation will involve exploring ways in which the Library can work with them to digitise India Office records relating to the Arabian Gulf, spanning a period from the middle of the 18th century to 1951. The goal of the project is to make this treasure trove of historic material available online in English and Arabic, alongside scholarly and contextual commentary.

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