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Best Council Team Win For Northants Library Service Add News245 to Scrapbook

Northamptonshire County Council’s library service has won the Best Council Services Team category in this year’s 2014 Municipal Journal awards.

The library service, which is called LibraryPlus to reflect the wide range of activities and information now on offer, was the only public library service to be shortlisted in this year’s awards across all categories.

Judges gave LibraryPlus the award because they recognised its achievements for providing an improved service to residents and proven customer satisfaction despite ongoing financial challenges, noting that Northamptonshire's transformation journey provides a route map for others to follow.

Councillor Robin Brown, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing said: "Congratulations to everyone in the library service, including both staff and our many volunteers, on winning this prestigious award.

"It’s an endorsement of the excellent work that has been carried out by the team to keep all of our libraries open, improve services and opening hours, all against the backdrop of very challenging financial times.”

As well as traditional library services, LibraryPlus offers children’s activities and homework clubs, job clubs, Enterprise Hubs and business advice as well as community services such as bus-pass renewals or food bank referrals.

The Municipal Journal award winners were announced on 19th June.

RNIB's new web-site Add News237 to Scrapbook

Following six months of development RNIB has launched its new website which is clean, clear and obviously designed to be "accessible to the highest standards.”

There are substantial changes to the organisation of the different sections which take time to familiarise with but the Knowledge and Research Hub is particularly useful for access to key statistics, research reports and news etc. 

For more details on the new website see:

Reading Services covering the National Library Service (access to books, newspapers and magazines in a variety of different formats) and the Talking Book Service are at:

New website for heritage groups Add News233 to Scrapbook

A new website that provides information for community groups involved with heritage projects has been launched by the School of History at the University of Leicester: it contains online training resources for community historians

The Building and Enriching Shared Heritages website covers many topics and includes advice about doing research, using archives, interpreting historical sources, oral history, engaging the public, archiving, copyright, publishing, and looking for funding for a project.

The website also contains podcasts and videos, and all the information is available as downloadable documents.

The address for the website is:

Historical medical books database gets a boost. Add News232 to Scrapbook

The Wellcome Library and Jisc have strengthened their successful working relationship by recently signing a new three year agreement for the digitisation of more than 10 million pages of 19th century published works.

These are focused on medicine and related disciplines and drawn from university and other research libraries across the UK.
The Wellcome Library is one of the world’s major resources for the study of medical history and provides access to a growing collection of resources relating to contemporary medicine and biomedical science in society.

The Wellcome Library is digitising its 19th century collections. Jisc will support the digitisation of complementary collections which are housed within universities to create a comprehensive online resource for the history of medicine and related sciences. The Wellcome Library will also provide support to allow non-university research libraries to participate in the project. Open access to all of the content will be provided across multiple platforms, including the Wellcome Library’s website, the Internet Archive and through Jisc.

The project will significantly increase the availability of digitised text for teaching learning and research. The project is being undertaken in partnership with a number of higher education and specialist libraries, co-designed with Research Libraries UK (RLUK), and informed by an academic advisory group.

Simon Chaplin, head of the Wellcome Library said: "We are building on the success of the US-based Medical Heritage Library, which already has over 50,000 digitised books online – our project will add significantly to this. For the Wellcome Library, this forms part of a bigger project that will digitise over 50 million pages of historic medical books, archives, manuscripts and journals by 2020.”

Stella Butler, chair of RLUK and chair of the academic advisory group
for the project said: "RLUK is delighted to be working with Jisc and the Wellcome Library on this important project which will make a step change to the availability of research resource for humanities scholars enabling important projects in areas such as medical history, ethics and the social sciences.”

Lorraine Estelle, Jisc’s executive director content and discovery and divisional CEO Jisc Collections said: "By working with the Wellcome Library and the Internet Archive to aggregate dispersed medical collections of books and pamphlets, we are building the UK’s research capability in the most sustainable way. High quality digitisation allows text to be liberated from its page, and the resulting data enables new forms of research inquiry. The project also meets the increasing demand, from our customers, that traditional content should be made digital for use and reuse.”


Insights: the UKSG journal - first fully Open Access issue published Add News223 to Scrapbook

Insights: the UKSG journal, Vol. 27, No.1 has now been published thereby completing the journey to full open access.

All back issues of Insights are open access and there are no article processing charges (APCs).

"Knowledge is a global asset, and we are pleased to be playing our part in disseminating it." Lorraine Estelle and Steve Sharp, Joint Editors

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