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Reader Bulletin: February 2013

 News

Spring Festival, 1-5 March 2013
Inspiring Science
Encounters between Art and Science

 Spring Festival, 1-5 March 2013

This year’s Festival is a celebration of fashion, design and film. It’s a chance to see creative work (anything from short films to dresses) inspired by our collections, and to get inspiration for your own creative project. From fanzines, fashion magazines to wildlife sounds and Russian postcards, the British Library collection is full of surprises.

Highlights including a Fashion Flashback LATE and fashion show with a DJ set by Princess Julia, Future Shorts screening, wildlife sounds animation competition launched in the London Film Festival, art + science exhibition, Spring Market and talks with BBC arts editor Will Gompertz, fashion illustrator Julie Verhoeven and GQ editor Dylan Jones.

 Inspiring Science

Various events run from 11 – 22 March

Join the Science, Technology and Medicine team to celebrate science and scientific endeavour. The events focus on what science can tell us about ourselves and the world around us. With a mix of fun and thought-provoking events there is something for everyone.

The regular Talk Science series will focus on the hot topic of Open Data. The discussions will centre on what the open data revolution might mean for you, from enabling innovation to improving science and society. Professor Nigel Shadboldt, co-founder of the Open Data Institute  will join the lively debate.

Find out more at www.bl.uk/inspiring-science.

 Encounters between Art and Science

Free exhibition
25 February – 24 March

Science inspired artworks created by artists from Central Saint Martins will be installed across the public spaces of the Library. The pieces, with titles including “Beasts in the British Library” and “I need some advice”, will highlight how science and art have more in common than you might think.

Find out more at www.bl.uk/inspiring-science.

 Exploring the collections

Web in Feb at the Business & IP Centre
New blog: Digital Scholarship
British and Irish traditional music online

 Web in Feb at the Business & IP Centre

It has become essential for any growing business to capitalise on the power of the Internet.

‘Web in Feb’ 2013 will help you and your business capture the attention of the booming digital market and boost your online presence. The Business & IP Centre will be running a programme of special web related activities designed to help you use the web as a business tool to:

  • Improve your search engine optimisation;
  • Find new ways to think about your online market;
  • Promote your business online;
  • Protect your original material.

Find out more at www.bl.uk/bipc.

 New blog: Digital Scholarship

Our Digital Scholarship Department works to enable innovative research based on the British Library digital collections. The blog is updated by the Library’s Digital Curators with contributions from colleagues across the Library and special guests. Follow it to learn about our upcoming events, Open Data initiatives, projects, collaborations and experiments.

Find the blog at www.bl.uk/blogs.

 British and Irish traditional music online

150 hours of audio and almost 100 photographs from the Peter Kennedy Collection have been made available this week via the British Library Sounds website.

Peter Kennedy (1922 – 2006) was one of the most important collectors of music traditions from the British Isles. Picking up from work begun by Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams in the first decades of the twentieth century, he started recording in the early 1950s with his aunt, Maud Karpeles (founding member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, along with Sharp and Peter’s father, Douglas Kennedy), work that instigated the presentation of folk music and traditions on the BBC.

Listen now at www.bl.uk/sounds.

 Event highlights

We run a wide range of fascinating events for the general public as well as researchers and businesses. Explore our full events programme online at What's On.

B S Johnson: his life and legacy
Doctoral Open Day – Social Sciences
Myths and Realities 16: Are 'friends' the new 'family'?
In the field
Myths and Realities 16: Are 'friends' the new 'family'?
What Can You Do? A Neil Bartlett Retrospective

 B S Johnson: his life and legacy

8 February, 18.30 – 20.00
£7.50/£5
Conference Centre

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the birth of B.S. Johnson and the publication of a new anthology of his prose writing, a panel of writers and editors discuss the life and legacy of one of post-war Britain's most experimental writers. Speakers include Jonathan Coe (author of Like A Fiery Elephant - The Story of B.S Johnson) and Philip Tew and Julia Jordan (joint editors of the forthcoming Well Done God! Selected Prose and Drama of B.S. Johnson).

 Doctoral Open Day – Social Sciences

11 February, 10.00 – 15.30
Free
Conference Centre

The British Library is a hub for Social Sciences research, with vast and varied collections, expert staff and a wide range of events. At this free event you will learn about our Social Sciences collections, find out how to access them, and meet our expert staff and other researchers in your field.

 Myths and Realities 16: Are 'friends' the new 'family'?

11 February, 18.30 – 20.00
£7.50/£5
Conference Centre

Changes in how we live, including increases in geographical mobility and single households, can affect the intimate relationships we form with others. For some, friendships form the key support network rather than family. But is this really a new phenomenon; are family relationships really changing? Supported by The Economic and Social Research Council and Academy of Social Sciences.

 In the field

15 – 16 February, 10.00 - 17.30
£25/£15
Conference Centre

This two-day symposium seeks to open up and explore the practice, art and craft of field recording through a series of panel presentations, listening sessions and screenings.

Starting from the early days of field recording, In the Field aims to relate the multitude of contemporary field recording practices to their historical precedents and investigate issues in contemporary practices. These include: How field recordings are distributed to and heard by an audience; Recording the unheard; Mapping the urban; and questioning the extended nature of the field in a digital networked landscape.

 Myths and Realities 16: Are 'friends' the new 'family'?

11 February, 18.30 - 20.00 
£7.50/£5

An exploration of how changing social conditions have had an impact on the different relationships we form. Professors Lynn Jamieson and Graham Crow will offer social and cultural evidence around the importance we attach to families and friendships. Please come along and join in the discussion! In partnership with the Academy of Social Sciences.

 What Can You Do? A Neil Bartlett Retrospective

22 February, 19.30 – 21.00 
£7.50/£5

An evening with director, performer, writer and gay rights campaigner, Neil Bartlett. To celebrate the donation of his archive to the British Library, Bartlett will be performing some of his acclaimed solo pieces and discussing his career across the last three decades. Presented by the British Library and De Montfort University’s Theatre Archive Project. In association with the Live Art Development Agency, which helped to make the donation possible.

 Free Reader Training Sessions

To find out more about all our workshops and book your place, visit the workshops page. There is a heavy demand for these courses so if you are booked on one and later find that you are unable to come, please let us know so that we can offer the place to someone else. your needs.

 Service updates

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