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Reader Bulletin: September 2013

 News

Last Chance to See Propaganda Exhibition
Made with the British Library
Learning Programme for Schools
British Library Labs - winners
Researching the news

 Last Chance to See Propaganda Exhibition

Until Tuesday 17 September 2013
Adults £9 / Under 18s free / Concessions available

There are just a few weeks left to experience this critically acclaimed, hugely popular exhibition exploring international state propaganda from the 20th and 21st centuries. From the eye-opening to the mind-boggling, from the beautiful to the surprising, posters, films, cartoons, sounds and texts reveal the myriad ways that states try to influence and persuade their citizens.

Don’t miss out. Visit our Box Office or book online at What's On.

 Made with the British Library

It’s not just our collections that are full of fascinating tales. Our new series of videos, ‘Made with the British Library’, tells the stories of some of the researchers, entrepreneurs and designers that have been inspired by our collections.

They range from an academic exploring Spanish fantasy film to a tech entrepreneur who gained advice on growing his business. If the Library has made a difference to you, we’d love to hear your story. Send us an email at highereducation@bl.uk.

Watch the videos now online.

 Learning Programme for Schools

The British Library Learning team provides inspirational visits to engage students and teachers with our unique collections and expertise. Last year over 28,000 people took part in our schools programme through workshops, conferences and special events.

Our programme of curriculum-linked workshops encourage curiosity, creativity and exploration. Led by our team of specialist educators and using the Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre and exhibitions, sessions develop critical thinking, research skills and visual, verbal and information literacy.

CPD events for teachers provide opportunities for you to broaden your subject knowledge and reinvigorate the passion for your subject. Our conferences and evening events feature well-respected authors, academics and educational practitioners.

Find out more and sign up for a newsletter.

 British Library Labs - winners

We recently announced the winners of our first British Library Labs competition. Open to all, the competition seeks to find innovative digital scholarship ideas that showcase our digital collections. Along with a cash award, the programme enables the winners to work in residence with technical and curatorial experts at the Library.

The first annual competition winners were:

Sample Generator for Digitised Texts by Pieter Francois
Pieter will work to develop a software tool that will extract samples from digitised text – custom corpora – from a larger collection. He will explore methodological issues around data-focused hypothesis formation and testing in the context of large corporation.

Mixing the Library: The Disc Jockey and the Digital Collection, by Dan Norton
This applies the model of information interaction, developed as part of his doctoral study, and from his background as a DJ, to develop an innovative prototype for working with multiple content sources and data-representations from British Library digital collections.

Find out more about the project.

 Researching the news

Have you tried Broadcast News yet? This new service, available for free in the Reading Rooms, gives you instant access to TV and radio news from a range of UK channels. You can search programmes since 2010, and even search the subtitles of some channels, meaning you can quickly compare coverage of a particular event or topic.

Try it on any of the Reading Room PCs now.

 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.

Speakers' Corner at the British Library
Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Marketing Maestros
International Translation Day 2013
TalkScience@BL
Myths and Realities 20: Final Debate and Celebration

 Speakers' Corner at the British Library

2 September 2013 – Thu 5 Sep 2013, 13.00-13.45
Poet's Circle
Free, no booking required

Take a stand; be heard! Speakers’ Corner is coming to the British Library, with a week of mini public debates outside in the Poets' Circle Piazza. In these 45 minute-sessions you’re invited to join specially selected organisations and groups to discuss some of the themes raised in the exhibition.

 Inspiring Entrepreneurs: Marketing Maestros

16 September, 18.15 – 21.00
£10 (£7.50 concs)

Stand out from the crowd with our Marketing Maestros’ top tips to help you build your brand and grow your business. Come along and hear how our top entrepreneurs share their experiences and innovative strategies that you can apply to your business. Speakers include Green & Blacks co-founder Jo Fairley, King of Shaves founder Will King and JoJo Maman Bébé founder Laura Tenison.

 International Translation Day 2013

30 September 2013, 9.00-17.00
Conference Centre
£30 / £20 concessions

Now in its fourth year, International Translation Day is an annual event for the translation community. It is an opportunity for translators, students, publishers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers and reviewers to gather and debate significant issues and developments within the sector, to discuss challenges and to celebrate success.

 TalkScience@BL

‘Genetic testing in assisted reproduction: Selecting, not perfecting?’

9 October 2013, 18.20-20.30 (opens at 18.00)
Terrace Restaurant
£5

An evening discussion on the topic of genetic testing and the future of human reproduction. Key issues debated will include: how should we decide which conditions should be licensed for pre-implantation genetic testing, will designer babies ever become a reality, where do we draw the line and who should draw it?

 Myths and Realities 20: Final Debate and Celebration

15 October 2013, 18.30-21.00
Terrace Restaurant
£7.50 / £5 concessions

Our 'Myths and Realities' series has been running since 2009 during which time we have covered issues such as migration, ageing, social class, crime, nutrition and sustainable living. This final event will discuss another key area of social science research. It will include a celebration of the series and the ticket price will include a drink.

 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.

 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.

 Follow @BL_Ref_Services

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

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