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A "Cathedral for Knowledge Transfer"

Director General of the CBI, Richard Lambert visited the Library on two occasions recently, and called the Library a "cathedral for knowledge transfer".

In May we were delighted to host the launch of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer, the new professional body established to promote the interests of the profession and the practice of knowledge transfer. The launch saw around 150 key knowledge transfer people gathered together to celebrate this important development for the profession, and to hear speeches from the key guests which included Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Prof David Eastwood, Chief Executive of HEFCE, and Richard Lambert.

Mr Lambert visited the Library again a few days later to meet Chief Executive Lynne Brindley and to visit the Business & IP Centre. This is what he had to say: "The British Library is a fantastic institution which underpins research, creativity and innovation in the UK and is well-placed to forge strong links between higher education and business. The Library is a cathedral for knowledge transfer" .

Image of Lynne Brindley and Richard Lambert, CBI

Library's Research Service gets competitive

The Library's Research Service offers cost-effective business, market, company and patents research to meet your budget and deadlines. Our recent competition to help raise awareness of the service had the fabulous prize of a free patent prior art search, and was won by Caroline Sykes, Licensing Executive (Healthcare), in the University of Nottingham's Research Innovation Services. Well done Caroline!

Patent prior art searches are just one of the search services offered by the team, who are experts both in specific research fields and in IP & market research. A standard patent prior art search for knowledge transfer offices costs £150, and the team can be contacted at

Supporting KnowledgeLondon

We were delighted recently to be able to support the work of the KnowledgeLondon network and the LDA by hosting a seminar for London's Further Education staff wanting to learn more about the knowledge transfer process. Held in the workshop rooms of the Library's Business & IP Centre, "Knowledge Transfer Opportunities for Colleges of Further Education" explored the potential for FE to contribute to knowledge exchange with industry, and to work collaboratively with the wider London knowledge base, with key strategic implications for the FE sector and the UK economy.

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