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Reader Bulletin: November 2013

 News

Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain
Take a step forward in the Business & IP Centre
Newspaper collections on the move
Science-writing competition
Explore the Listening Project
19th century books
Access all things plastic!
PhD opportunity in West African manuscripts
E-resource of the month: 18th Century Journals

 Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

New exhibition - 8 November 2013 to 11 March 2014
Adults: £9, Under 18s: Free, other concessions available

Tasteful and polite, or riotous and pleasure-obsessed? Discover the Georgians as they really were, through the objects that tell the stories of their lives. From beautifully furnished homes to raucous gambling dens, Georgians Revealed explores the revolution in everyday life that took place between 1714 and 1830. The exhibition draws on the British Library’s uniquely rich and rare collections of illustrated books, newspapers, maps and advertisements.

Book online now.

 Take a step forward in the Business & IP Centre

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 with an action-packed week of events online and offline giving you everything you need to launch and grow your business. Start your business in just one day with the biggest ever StartUp Saturday and get ahead of your competitors with Future Trends for Business Growth.

Book your place now.

 Newspaper collections on the move

The Newspaper Library at Colindale will close on 8 November 2013, in advance of the collections held there being moved to Boston Spa in West Yorkshire (print newspapers) and St Pancras (microfilm, open access reference materials). Future access to newspaper collections will be via a dedicated News and Media Reading Room, which will open in St Pancras next March. It will be where Business & IP Centre 2 is now – work to repurpose and refurbish the room is expected to begin in early December.

Find out more.

 Science-writing competition

Later this month we will be launching Access to Understanding 2014, our science-writing competition in partnership with Europe PubMed Central. Access to Understanding has been developed in recognition of the importance of enabling access to, and understanding of, scientific research.

Aimed at biomedical sciences PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers, entrants need to describe a complex set of scientific research findings in an accessible way. Short-listed entrants will be announced at our awards ceremony held on 24 March 2014 at The British Library. The winner will receive an iPad and have their entry published in eLife.

Find out more.

 Explore the Listening Project

The Listening Project is a partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library that invites people to share an intimate conversation, recorded and broadcast by the BBC and curated and archived by the British Library. These conversations form a unique picture of our lives today, preserved for future generations. You can now access recordings from the project through our website.

Listen now.

 19th century books

In the summer, we improved access to some of our digital content and made 65,000 19th Century books from our out-of-copyright collections available anywhere in the world. All the content in the digitised books can be searched, including the title page, as well as the plates, any maps, and notes. The items are available either as a PDF or through our item viewer. You can access the books by searching our catalogue ‘Explore the British Library’; choose e-resources and ‘books’ to find the items. We welcome your comments and feedback on this new service, please contact us using the feedback link in ‘Explore the British Library’.

Search at http://explore.bl.uk.

 Access all things plastic!

Do you need access to research materials in polymer science and technology? You can access Polymer Library in the Reading Rooms. Polymer Library is the world’s largest dedicated resource on the subject of rubbers, plastics, adhesives and polymeric compounds. It provides up-to-date information in the field with a coverage spanning 40 years of research. The database provides users access to nearly a million records including relevant journal articles, proceedings, reports and patent information. It has been developed by Smithers Rapra, a global authority in rubbers and plastics.

Use the Reading Room computers or ask at the Science reference desk for further information.

 PhD opportunity in West African manuscripts

We are excited to announce a PhD studentship in Arabic Sources for West African

History. The AHRC-funded studentship will be jointly based at the University of Birmingham and the British Library, and will focus on the Library’s collection of West African manuscripts. The selected applicant will profit from the resources and networks of both institutions, becoming a full participant in the lively African Studies research community at Birmingham, while also gaining first-hand professional experience of curatorial work at the British Library in London, including cataloguing and exhibitions work.

Find out more.

 E-resource of the month: 18th Century Journals

Did you know the Library has a huge variety of electronic resources? Each month we’ll highlight a tool you might not have used. As our Georgians Revealed exhibition is opening this month, we’re highlighting 18th Century Journals, which provides full-text access to rare periodicals and newspapers printed between c.1685-1835, illuminating all aspects of eighteenth century social, political and literary life.

Find out more.

 Service updates

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 Lost or stolen pass

Check our website for details on renewing - you’ll need to provide proof of your home address and signature. Your records in Explore the British Library will be saved until your pass expires. Please see Reader Registration.

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@BL_Ref_Services on Twitter for tips on using the Library and updates on how busy it is in the Reading Rooms.

 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.

 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.

Digital Narratives
Cataloguing Creativity: Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts Symposium
Charles Urban: Pioneering the Non-fiction Film
Doctoral Open Day: Music
Buying Luxury, Acquiring Style - Georgian Menswear
TalkScience Christmas Quiz

 Digital Narratives

4 November / 18.30 - 20.00 
Free
Terrace Restaurant, British Library

By way of videogames and television, interactive fiction is with us. Has the printed book been left behind, or has it been 'interactive' for some time? Bringing together thinkers on old and new media alike, the second of the British Library’s Digital Conversations series will consider interactive narration with and without the traditional book, discussing how narratives are constructed in the digital environment. Includes wine and nibbles.

 Cataloguing Creativity: Group for Literary Archives and Manuscripts Symposium

15 November / 09:30 - 16.40  
£12
Conference Centre: Brontë Room

This one-day symposium will explore the cataloguing of literary archives in their current context. Archivists, academics and writers will consider the challenges of documenting creative literary activity, focusing particularly on new approaches, cataloguing as a collaborative act, and the opportunities of the digital age. Lunch and refreshments included.

 Charles Urban: Pioneering the Non-fiction Film

25 November / 18.45-20.15 
£4/£3
Conference Centre

Charles Urban is one of the most important figures in early British and American cinema. Widely celebrated in his day, he has remained a name in film history chiefly for his development of Kinemacolor, the world’s first successful natural colour moving picture system. In this talk, Luke McKernan, author of Charles Urban: Pioneering the Non-Fiction in Britain and America, 1897-1925 (University of Exeter Press, 2013), will use Urban’s story to show how the non-fiction film developed in the first years of the twentieth century, and the dilemmas that it faced within a cinema culture in which the entertainment fiction film was dominant.

 Doctoral Open Day: Music

29 November / 10.00 - 16.30 
£5
Conference Centre

The music collections at the British Library are unparalleled in their scope and diversity. Our Doctoral Open Days are a chance for new PhD students to discover the Library’s unique research materials. You will learn about our music collections, find out how to access them, and meet our expert staff and other researchers in your field. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

 Buying Luxury, Acquiring Style - Georgian Menswear

2 December / 18.30 – 20.00 
£5/£3
Conference Centre

The 18th century was the first great age of fashion. Georgian men were just as stylish and glitzy as women. Join Patrick Grant, creative director of Norton & Sons and Dr Hannah Greig author of The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London, in conversation.

 TalkScience Christmas Quiz

4 December / 18.00 – 21.00 
£10 (5 people)
Terrace Restaurant

What better way to start the festive season than by joining us at our annual Christmas TalkScience Quiz? As we delve into six rounds of scientific concepts, findings and general trivia, you’ll get the chance to flex your brain biceps and battle it out with other teams for the coveted 2013 TalkScience Champions Trophy! Teams of up to 5 people.

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