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Reader Bulletin: March 2013

 News

Last chance to see Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire
Spring Festival, 1-5 March 2013
Inspiring Science, 11 – 22 March
Tell us how the Business & IP Centre has helped you and win £50 of John Lewis vouchers

 Last chance to see Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire

Until 2 April 
£9. £7/£5 concessions

There is only a few weeks left to enter the world of the Mughals, in this critically acclaimed exhibition. Explore one of the globe’s great dynasties, and discover stunning collections of manuscripts and paintings. The exhibition provides a visual feast that explores politics, the arts and sciences, alongside such magical monuments as the Taj Mahal.

Due to the huge popularity of our free exhibition tours, we’ve just added new dates. Tours are led by British Library specialists and are free when booked with your exhibition ticket.

Book now at www.bl.uk/mughalindia.

 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.

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

 Inspiring Science, 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.

Find out more about all the events: www.bl.uk/inspiring-science.

 Tell us how the Business & IP Centre has helped you and win £50 of John Lewis vouchers

We would love to hear about the difference the Business & IP Centre has made to you and your business. Your participation will help us to secure future funding and ensure that we are continuing to meet your needs. It will take around 5 minutes to complete our survey and your name will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three prizes of £50 John Lewis vouchers.

The survey closes on 19 March 2013.

 Exploring the collections

Broadcast News: search and watch thousands of news programmes
New video guides to using the Library
Collaborative Doctoral Partnership – open for applications
Scientific American
New maps georeferenced
Inspired by the Library: Forgotten voices

 Broadcast News: search and watch thousands of news programmes

We have developed an exciting new service to give you access to thousands of news programmes. Broadcast News enables you to search across 25,000 news programmes, and compare news coverage across 17 channels. It is possible to search some channels by subtitle. Access the service by using one of the Sound and Moving Image terminals in the Reading Rooms – staff at the Reference Desks can direct you and help you to get started.

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

 New video guides to using the Library

To help new Readers get started wit their research, we have created a series of video guides to getting a Reader Pass, using the Reading Rooms and exploring the collections. The guides are animated and feature beautiful items from across the Library’s collections.

Watch the guides at www.bl.uk/getting-started.

 Collaborative Doctoral Partnership – open for applications

The Library has been successful in applying for a Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) award from the AHRC. This award covers six doctoral studentships each year for three years, from 2013-2016. Each studentship will be jointly supervised by a member of the British Library curatorial staff and an academic from a Higher Education Institution (HEI). We have identified nine research areas for the studentships and we are now inviting HEI’s to submit applications for one or more of these.

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 22 March 2013.

Find out more at www.bl.uk/aboutus/highered/hecollab/collabdoctpar.

 Scientific American

We are pleased to announce that we now have online full text access to Scientific American – the popular monthly magazine of science and technology news. Articles in Scientific American are written for a general audience and in every issue, leading scientists, inventors and engineers from diverse fields describe their ideas and achievements in clear and accessible prose. The magazine is hosted on Nature Publishing Group’s e-platform nature.com and Readers users have access to all articles from 2009 to present.

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

 New maps georeferenced

We have just completed the third phase of our crowdsourced georeferencing project, in which members of the public locate old maps on modern-day maps. Georeferencing extends the usability and findability of maps, and allows visualisation in new ways using popular geospatial tools.

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

 Inspired by the Library: Forgotten voices

Dr Nicola Wilson is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Reading. She first started using the Library during her PhD, in which she explored British working class writing in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Library’s collections of rare material enabled Nicola to explore ‘forgotten voices’ such as Ethel Carnie Holdsworth, a working-class writer and socialist activist; the Library has copies of her now very rare out-of-print novels. Nicola also used rare pamphlets and newspapers such as the Cotton Factory Times in her research, which features poetry and letters written by working men and women.

Nicola is currently a postdoctoral research assistant on an AHRC project on 'The Impact of Distribution and Reading Patterns on the History of the Novel in Britain, 1880-1940'. She has been particularly interested in censorship in the publishing industry during that period. The Library holds the archives of many publishing houses, as well as that of the Society of Authors, which Nicola has used to find fascinating evidence of where works have been altered or rejected for a conservative reading public. The Society of Authors archive includes letters from aggrieved authors like Eden Philpotts and the publisher William Heinemann about the Circulating Libraries Association, a powerful trade body of the key library and bookshop distributors (like W.H. Smith), which was set up in 1909 in an attempt to monitor newly published fiction by classifying it as either ‘satisfactory’, ‘doubtful’ or ‘objectionable’. It symbolised the resistance of the more affluent and conservative library public to the new strains of sex and realism associated with modern fiction, and had a powerful impact on the literary marketplace right through to the 1930s.

Find out more about our literary collections at www.bl.uk/reshelp/.

 In Vogue: Young Patrons

On 1 March our Young Patrons enjoyed an exclusive show and tell event featuring our British Vogue collection and fabulous fashion-related items.

Atelier Tammam is so close to the British Library and it's wonderful that I can visit so easily to get inspiration or advice from them. The Library is always so supportive of me and my venture.

Couture fashion designer and Business & IP user Lucy Tammam.

If you want to support the Library and meet like-minded people in a relaxed and fun environment join now at http://support.bl.uk.

 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.

Encounters between Art and Science
Myths and Realities 17: Addictive Personality
Confessions of a Bibliographer (Yankee) in American Poetry
TalkScience@BL: Open Data: What’s the use?
Full Frontal Nerdity

 Encounters between Art and Science

25 February – 24 March 
Free exhibition
Around the Library

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.

 Myths and Realities 17: Addictive Personality

18 March, 18.30 – 20.00 
£7.50/£5
Terrace restaurant

Addictions to legal and illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco pose serious social problems. Discussions into what drives addiction will be covered by our panel: Claire Fox, Institute of Ideas, Professor Gerda Reith, University of Glasgow, Professor David Nutt, Imperial College London, and Professor Phil Withington, University of Sheffield.

 Confessions of a Bibliographer (Yankee) in American Poetry

18 March, 18.15 – 19.45 
Free

As a junior in Brown University, selling second-hand books from his dormitory room and studying Bibliography with Lawrence Wroth at the John Carter Brown Library, Roger Stoddard  bought a copy of Oscar Wegelin’s bibliography Early American Poetry (1930) for reference. The book obsessed him, so now, 57 years later, he has produced a hefty revision, and he has a story to tell.

 TalkScience@BL: Open Data: What’s the use?

19 March, 18.20 – 20.30 
£5

A lively discussion with Professor Nigel Shadbolt will look at the impact of open data revolution, from enabling innovation to improving science and society.

 Full Frontal Nerdity

22 March, 19.00 – 21.30 
£7.50/£5

This live comedy night is for the fearlessly inquisitive and sci-curious, featuring live experiments and audience participation. Our hosts will be Festival of the Spoken Nerd: stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, geek songstress Helen Arney and experiments guy Steve Mould.

 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

Need a new Pass?
Keep updated via Twitter - @BL_Ref_Services

 Need a new Pass?

Please remember that when you need to renew or replace a Reader Pass, you must provide appropriate identification – two original documents, one showing proof of your home address and one showing your signature. For details of the forms of identification, please see Reader Registration, email Reader-Registration@bl.uk or call +44 (0) 1937 546060.

Please note that records you have saved in 'My Workspace' in Explore the British Library, will still be available for you to view if you renew your Pass before it expires. Otherwise these records will be deleted.

There is a £10 charge to replace a lost or damaged Pass.

 Keep updated via Twitter - @BL_Ref_Services

If you're visiting the Library you can keep up to date with developments by following Reference Services on Twitter (@BL_Ref_Services). We're tweeting updates on how busy the Reading Rooms are, giving top tips on getting the most out of your visit, and which days the Reading Rooms are closed. You can also find out about new services, free workshops, new e-resources, events and exhibitions. If you haven't got a Twitter account, it's free and easy to join – just go to Twitter Signup.

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