28/02/2011

Growing Knowledge: The British Library launches its strategy for 2011-2015

The British Library today launches its new strategy, setting out how it plans to develop its collections and services over the next four years.

Growing Knowledge: The British Library’s Strategy 2011-2015 outlines the UK national library’s key objectives and strategic priorities to the middle of the decade, and emphasises the need to deliver more for less in a challenging economic climate.

See: www.bl.uk/aboutus/stratpolprog/strategy1115/index.html

The new strategy follows the publication last September of the Library’s 2020 Vision, which highlighted the key trends and opportunities for the next decade. The 2020 Vision was based upon twelve months of extensive research and consultation; it presented five themes that would help deliver the Library’s ten-year vision of becoming “a leading hub in the global information network, advancing knowledge through its collections, expertise and partnerships, for the benefit of the economy and society and the enrichment of cultural life.”

The Library’s strategy for 2011-2015 contains five strategic priorities, based on the 2020 Vision’s themes:

  1. Guarantee access for future generations
  2. Enable access for everyone who wants to do research
  3. Support research communities in key areas for social and economic benefit
  4. Enrich the cultural life of the nation
  5. Lead and collaborate in growing the world’s knowledge base

Although operating with reduced operational and capital budgets the Library will deliver a range of key objectives during the period covered, such as opening a state-of-the-art Newspaper Storage Building, digitising up to 20 million pages from the national newspaper collection in partnership with brightsolid, developing selected collaborative stewardship arrangements to collect and connect to content, developing the Library’s digital infrastructure, and achieving regulations that will enable the implementation of legislation for non-print legal deposit.

“At a time of severe financial challenge we need to do more with less and we must be clear about our priorities, our responsibilities and our constraints,” said Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library. “Our Strategy 2011-2015 sets out how we intend to deliver our vision over the next four years in a focused way. We believe that this clarity of purpose will ensure that we can continue to innovate and deliver essential public services for the benefit of the economy and society.”

Notes to Editors:

The British Library’s 2020 Vision was launched in September 2010, following 12 months of extensive research and consultation. The 2020 Vision highlights what are likely to be the key trends and opportunities over the next decade and indicates how the Library will develop as an organisation to take fullest advantage of the opportunities available to increase access to the world’s knowledge base.

See: www.bl.uk/2020vision

For more information contact:

  • Ben Sanderson
  • The British Library
  • t:+44 (0) 1937 546 126
  • m:+44 (0) 7810 056848
  • f:+44 (0) 20 7412 7168
  • e: ben.sanderson@bl.uk

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The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - www.bl.uk - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.  

 

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