With 12 kilometers of shelving being added every year, collections including every single book published in the UK, 58 million patents, 3 million sound recordings and forensic data recovery to archive digital media such as Poet Laureate Ted Hughes’ hard drive, the British Library are one of only a few European Libraries that are leading the way with digital archiving and a renewed, crowd-sourced vision for the way they interact with their users and academic audiences.
Chris Clark is Head of Digital Research and the Digital Curator Team at the British Library. The position and team were created in 2010 as part of a general restructuring of operations to support the British Library’s ten-year strategy, 2020 Vision http://www.bl.uk/aboutus/stratpolprog/2020vision/index.html
His talk features some of the innovative projects and services that are emerging around a deeper engagement with Digital as the British Library’s strategy unfolds and how this in turn changes the organisation and how people perceive it. He talks about the early positioning and work of the Digital Curator Team and some of the technologies it seeks to embrace to improve digital affordances and digital literacy, including opportunities for crowd-sourcing. He highlights ervices that are breaking new ground for libraries, such as the Business and Intellectual Property Centre and the Management & Business Studies Portal.
Chris Clark has kindly allowed us to archive his presentation on Slideshare for future distribution.
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Digital Berkshire Podcast#3: Chris Clark “Digital Engagement, Innovation & The British Library”