Tag Archives: UK

Monitoring the transition to open access: December 2017

(5 December 2017) The proportion of UK research which is available via open access is increasing at a considerable rate, with 37% of research outputs freely available to the world immediately at publication. ​​This report, the second in a series commissioned by the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, aims to build on previous findings, and to […]


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UK readers abandon eBooks at an alarming rate

(27 April 2017) Readers in the United Kingdom are suffering from screen fatigue and are abandoning eBooks and embracing print says Michael Kozlowski. Sales of consumer eBooks plunged 17% to £204m last year, the lowest level since 2011. This has resulted in a number of companies to go out of business such as Blinkbox Books and […]


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Thieves steal £2m of rare books by abseiling into warehouse

(12 February 2017) The Guardian reports that antiquarian books worth more than £2m have been stolen by a gang who avoided a security system by abseiling into a west London warehouse. The three thieves made off with more than 160 publications after raiding the storage facility near Heathrow in what has been labelled a Mission: […]


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ProQuest explores obstacles and opportunities in managing book collections

Whitepaper delves into complexities of balancing print and ebooks, highlighting opportunities for collaboration between librarians and content aggregators (8 February 2017, Mountain View, CA)  ProQuest’s latest whitepaper Obstacles and Opportunities: Ebooks, Print and the Impact of Choice on Libraries and the Users They Serve is now available for download. Focusing on the UK higher-education book […]


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Look at libraries over league tables when choosing a school

(16 November 2016)  Why should parents or pupils be concerned whether or not school libraries close? Surely they are just mausoleums to the paper-bound past? Rooms that are of little use to today’s internet-connected student population, who have access to a world of books and information through their digital devices? Quite simply, school libraries, and […]


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UK students and universities set to reap the benefits of market-leading e-book pilot

(21 September 2016) Pearson and Jisc are today announcing a year-long pilot that will make e-books more readily accessible to students across UK higher education (HE). The agreement is based on extensive engagement and feedback from members of Jisc, and follows six months of open and constructive dialogue between Jisc and Pearson. From this month, Jisc […]


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Weston Library named Architects’ Journal’s 2016 Building of the Year

(9 June 2016) The four-year project to transform the library was one of 100 building projects from around the world to be considered for this highly-prized title. The announcement was made at a special ceremony in London last night where the library, which is part of the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, was in the […]


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One year on from the general election: what does the UK data landscape look like?

A year on from the UK general election, ODI Head of Policy Ellen Broad revisits last year’s ‘Open data roadmap for the UK’ and reflects on what has been achieved, key challenges that remain and recommendations for strengthening data infrastructure (31 May 2016) In the lead-up to the 2015 UK general election, the ODI published […]


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Gale expands historical digital newspaper offerings and support for digital humanities research

(26 May 2016, Farmington Hills, Mich.) Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has expanded its historical newspaper collections with the launch of several new archives. Now available are The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000, a 145-year archive of Britain’s best-selling quality newspaper; China from Empire to Republic: Missionary, Sinology, and Literary Periodicals, a collection of English-language […]


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UK libraries lose a quarter of staff as hundreds close

(29 March 2016) Almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years, about a quarter of the overall total, an investigation by the BBC has revealed. Over the same period, some 15,500 volunteers have been recruited and 343 libraries have closed, leading to fears over the future of the profession. Children’s author Alan […]


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Hard Evidence: how many people actually use libraries?

(14 March 2016)  There’s no doubt that people in the UK value libraries. They are seen as an asset to communities, offering a calm, quiet, neutral space, where anyone can access information for work or leisure. When libraries are threatened with closure, community groups and public figures spring into action to try to save them. […]


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Family food survey data: How British diets have changed since 1974

(18 February 2016) The odi.org reports that the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has a transformative open data programme. Defra has committed to publish 8,000 datasets as open data in 12 months and transform how it collects, collaborates with and uses data in everything it does. This week, Defra has published […]


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­­­Bibliotheca launches Cloud Library in the UK

(9 February 2016) Bibliotheca is delighted to announce that the Cloud Library eBook and audiobook lending solution is now available for UK public libraries. Following successful launches in the US and Canada, the solution is currently being rolled out in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The solution offers content from all major publishers, curated […]


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Datasets to be explored to increase the UK’s global competitive advantage in research and innovation

(3 February 2016) In a report published today, a wide range of datasets across the research and innovation landscape have been identified and described, setting out a plan for exploiting these to their full potential to help maintain and develop the UK’s excellence in research and innovation. The UK Knowledge and Research Landscape: A report […]


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Access to Research given green light to continue

From ‘Roman Wales’ to ‘Ebola’: local library users able to continue searching over 10 million academic articles, free-of-charge (9 December 2016) The Access to Research initiative, which gives users in UK public libraries free access to over 10 million academic articles, has been given the green light by publishers and librarians to continue. The service […]


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