Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Redefining the Library: The British Library's strategy 2005 - 2008
The British Library has just placed its development strategy for the next three years online.
This plan incorporates a number of innovations in the way the British Library works including:

• Launch of the portal, British Library Direct, to enable free searching and credit card ordering from the Library’s top 20,000 research journals.

• Completing the first phase of the National Digital Library, and begin ingest of around 200 e-journal titles to the legal deposit pilot system.

• Digitising 1,200,000 pages of 19th century British newspapers and over 3,000 hours of archival sound recordings.

• Launch of a web archiving service for public use. this involves continuing to identify and collect significant numbers of UK sites in line with the published collection development policy.

Thanks to Peter Scott's Library blog for drawing this report to my attention.

Read the full British Library Strategy Report on the B L website: