Tag Archives: British Library

British Library to investigate possibility of a ‘single digital presence’ for UK public libraries

(30 August 2017) The British Library is to lead an 18-month scoping project to establish the demand for and possible shape of a ‘single digital presence’ for UK public libraries. Funded by Arts Council England and the Carnegie UK Trust, the project will investigate user expectations and demand for what a national online platform for […]


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Announcing the new British Library Research Data Strategy

(25 August 2017) With the support of a Research Data Strategy since 2010, the Library has been active in services for research data for a number of years. This work has included European-funded projects such as ODE, ODIN and THOR; Providing the DataCite UK service and involvement in other activities such as data discovery and […]


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British Library: digitizing 200 years of early Bengali books

The Times of India reports that the British Library has scanned 1,000 “old and rare printed Bengali books of the 19th century, according to project co-ordinators.” The program is part of an international partnership to digitize rare material from the library’s South Asian printed book collection. Eventually, 4,000 early printed books in Bengali—with a total of more […]


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33 Burmese manuscripts digitised at BL

(24 May 2017) The Burmese manuscript collection in the British Library consists of approximately 1,800 manuscripts. The majority are written on palm leaf, but there are also many paper folding books (parabaik), and texts written on diverse materials such as gold, silver, copper and ivory sheets in the shape of palm leaves. The collection is […]


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Bound for China: Shakespeare, Sherlock and Charlotte Brontë

Ten of the British Library’s most iconic treasures will be loaned to China for the first time ever as part of a wide-ranging programme of cultural exchange between the UK’s national Library and partner institutions in China. (23 March 2017) Shakespeare to Sherlock: Treasures of the British Library is a joint exhibition at the National […]


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British Library launches OCR competition for rare Indian books

(22 March 2017) Calling all transcription enthusiasts! The British Library has launched a competition to find an accurate and automated transcription solution for its rare Indian books and printed catalogue records, currently being digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. The competition, in partnership with the University of Salford’s PRIMA Research Lab, is part of […]


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British Library hiring Head of Asian and African Collections

(7 March 2017) The British Library is recruiting a Head of Asian and African Collections, based in at St Pancras in Central London, to lead their collections and curation team and work on the strategic development of their renowned collections. This opportunity is compelling and without rival. It is a strategic leadership post where you […]


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Abdul Samad of Palembang, Malay guide to the writings of al-Ghazālī

(6 February 2017) Abdul Samad (ca. 1704-1789) from Palembang in south Sumatra (‘Abd al-Ṣamad al-Falimbānī) was  the most prominent and influential Malay religious scholar of the 18th century, who spent most of his life studying, teaching and writing in the Arabian peninsula. From references in his own works we know he was living in Mecca […]


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Publication of Quarterly Lists: Catalogues of Indian Books

(24 January 2017) The BL’s Two Centuries of Indian Print project is pleased to announce the online availability of some wonderful catalogues held by the British Library, generally known as the Quarterly Lists. They record books published quarterly and by province of British India between 1867 and 1947. Digitised for the first time, the Quarterly Lists can […]


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British literary icons head for China and India

(2 December 2016) In 2017 the British Library will, for the first time ever, take some of its most spectacular items on tour to cities around China, beginning with the National Library of Beijing in April. Ten iconic items from the Library’s collections, including Charlotte Brontë’s handwritten manuscript of Jane Eyre and one of the […]


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Two centuries of Indian print: new funding

(8 November 2016) In 2015, the British Library announced a major programme to digitise the vast wealth of Indian printed books held by the Library dating from 1713 to 1914, made possible with the support of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council through the Newton Fund. This autumn, the first phase of the […]


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1500 titles of Thai printed books added to the British Library’s electronic catalogue

(17 October 2016) The Library’s Thai collection contains more than 6,000 titles of printed books, pamphlets and grey literature in Thai language, dating from the mid-19th century onwards. Due to a generous gift by Christian missionaries of about 100 books and pamphlets, the earliest period of printing in Thailand, from ca.1840-1890, is well represented, including […]


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The Archive of Yogyakarta digitised

(10 October 2016) The Archive of Yogyakarta refers to a collection of some four hundred manuscript documents in Javanese dating from 1772 to 1813, originating from the court of Yogyakarta. A highly important source for the political, economic, social, administrative and legal history of central Java in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the archive […]


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The formation of the British Library’s Vietnamese collection

(23 August 2016) This two-part illustrated blog by Sud Chonchirdsin, Curator for Vietnamese, discusses the great lengths to which the British Library went in order to acquire publications from war-torn and politically-divided Vietnam. The Vietnamese collection was originally held in the British Museum’s Department of Oriental Printed Books and Manuscripts. Unlike the large numbers of […]


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The British Library withdraws its International Non-Commercial Document Supply (INCD) Service from 1 July 2016

(1 July 2016) Since the overseas Library Privilege service was replaced with the INCD Service in January 2012, the Library has seen a significant decline in requests from overseas non-commercial organisations and demand for the INCD Service has reduced to a level where the service is no longer sustainable. On termination of the service overseas […]


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