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Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 - An Act to make provision in place of section 15 of the Copyright Act 1911 relating to the deposit of printed and similar publications, including on and off line publications; to make provision about the use and preservation of material deposited; and for connected purposes.
E-publications to become part of UK national heritage? By Bob McDowall. it-analysis.com, 15 April 2003. "A piece of UK legislation, the Legal Deposit Libraries Bill, has recently made its second step on the way to becoming law. It will now go to the House of Lords and then back to the House of Commons for third reading and enactment. This will ensure that non printed material is subject to legal deposit at one of each of the UK's six legal deposit libraries..."
Historic change in Legal Deposit Law saves electronic publications for future generations - Bill to extend legal deposit to UK non-print materials receives Royal Assent, 31 October 2003 :: Posted by British Library Press & Public Relations. "A Private Members Bill, introduced by Chris Mole MP in December 2002 has passed all its Parliamentary hurdles and became law today when it received Royal Assent. The Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 extends previous legal deposit legislation passed nearly 100 years ago in 1911. The Act enshrines the principle that electronic or e-publications and other non-print materials will be deposited in the future under secondary legislation. It ensures that these publications can be saved as part of the published archive - and become an important resource for future generations of researchers and scholars..."
UK legal deposit law moves into digital age, By Viveka Alvestrand. vnunet, 1 December 2003. " Legislation in the UK extended to include non-print materials. Legal deposit legislation in the UK has been extended to include non-print materials. Amid growing concern that little was being done to preserve e-publications for the future, the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 was introduced as a private members bill in December 2002 by Chris Mole, Labour MP for Ipswich..."
New Chapter Opens for Libraries, By Ian Cuddy. eGov monitor Weekly, 17 February 2003. "Ministers have unveiled plans for public libraries to play a key role in delivering eGovernment and promoting access to ICT within local communities..." (c) KAM Ltd 2002.
Libraries could get wireless web. BBC News, Thursday, 11 September, 2003. "Surfing the internet over the airwaves could soon be available in your local public library..."
Online UK library network goes live with first key phase. Public Technology, 15 December 2004. "The first phase of the newPeople’s Network Service was launched to library professionals yesterday. The People’s Network Online Enquiry Service will deliver a real-time information service to the public by providing ‘live’ access to library and information professionals across the internet..."
Back to the bookshelf. Kablenet, 10 March 2005. "Public library services should not forget books in the rush to install new technology, say MPs. The UK's public libraries need to embrace IT but should focus on books as the "bedrock" of their services, a parliamentary report said on 10 March 2005..."
West Sussex Libraries - now taking questions worldwide! Source: West Sussex County Council. eGov Monitor, 11 July, 2005. "West Sussex Library Service has become one of the first in England to begin answering enquiries worldwide. The County has joined a brand-new 24-hour live "chat" and e-mail service called Enquire. It means Librarians join a rota connecting them to a worldwide website where they can take questions from anywhere on the planet..."
Libraries receive ICT funds boost. Kablenet, 25 August 2005. "The University for Industry (UFI) has made more money available to improve facilities at UK online centres..."
ICT cash boost for forty Public Library services. MLA News, 13 October 2005. "Forty public library services across England this week find out that their applications to receive a share of a £750,000 ICT cash boost from the UK online Public Libraries Challenge Fund were successful. The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) and the University for Industry (Ufi) awarded the grants to enhance the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provision of public libraries to local communities, particularly excluded groups..."
Libraries receive IT cash boost. Kablenet, 14 October 2005. "The Museum Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) has provided grants to invest in IT for 40 public library services..."
British Library to digitise audio archive, to increase accesibility. Public Technology, 16 April 2004. "A major £1 million pound programme to digitise 12,000 items of sound recordings from the British Library’s Sound Archive, which amounts to nearly 4,000 hours of recordings has been announced, by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)..."
British Library to archive 'uncensored' web, by Ingrid Marson. silicon.com, June 25, 2004. "May change copyright law so it can archive without asking permission... A trial project to archive 6,000 UK websites was announced on Tuesday by the UK Web Archiving Consortium. The consortium, led by the British Library, includes the Wellcome Trust, the National Archives and the Scottish and Welsh national libraries..."
Effort to save UK's web heritage, BBC news, June 22, 2004. "Millions of web pages covering all aspects of life in the UK are to be archived in a trial project led by the British Library. The two-year project will archive some 6,000 websites in an attempt to capture a flavour of British life online..."
British Library makes online progress. Kablenet, 28 July 2004. "Government auditors have praised, with reservations, the UK national library's electronic services. The British Library is making good progress with its electronic services, although needs to become more "customer friendly" in some key areas, according to the latest assessment by official auditors..."
British Library national digital archive endorsed by MP committee. Public Technology, 22 July 2004. "Scientific Publications: Free for All? – the latest Report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee – provides enthusiastic support for the British Library’s plans to establish a national digital knowledge resource to support science and technology..."
The British Library provides good online services says National Audit Office. Public Technology, 28 July 2004. "Sir John Bourn, Head of the National Audit Office, told Parliament today that the British Library is responding well to the opportunities and challenges of providing services in the electronic era, that the Library has undergone significant and beneficial organisational change, and that it has made important recent improvements to the services that it offers beyond its reading rooms..."
WiFi in the reading rooms. Kablenet, 17 November 2004. "The British Library has set up a wireless internet network for the public areas of its building at St Pancras, London..."
British Library gets a million for innovative SME and entrepreneur service. Public Technology, 12 May 2005. "The London Development Agency, the Mayor of London’s agency for business and jobs, has awarded the British Library £1 million to transform its Business & Intellectual Property Centre from a successful pilot project to a permanent resource, with a major online service..."
British Library goes picture perfect. Kablenet, 12 May 2005. "Images of Shakespearean manuscripts, da Vinci's notes and the Magna Carta are to become more accessible through an updated online system. The British Library is looking for IT suppliers to help improve its online images service..."
British Library to modernise web platform - Consolidation of websites onto single platform at national library, By Tracey Caldwell. Information World Review, 19 May 2005. "The British Library is set to modernise its web technology, by consolidating several existing and planned websites on to a single platform..."
A National Digital Library is planned at heart of British Library's new strategy. Public Technology, 30 June 2005. "Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, has predicted a switch from print to digital publishing by the year 2020. Speaking at the launch of the Library’s new three-year strategy, Lynne Brindley said..."
Re-Defining Libraries for the Google Age, By Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, British Library. eGov Monitor, 11 July, 2005. "Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, writes that a national digital research collection is essential for the UK’s future innovation and economic growth..."
British Library, Microsoft to digitize 25 million pages, By Dibya Sarkar. Federal Computer Week, November 7, 2005. "The British Library, which is the United Kingdom’s national library, is teaming with Microsoft to digitize 25 million pages of content next year..."
Microsoft and the British Library make 25 million pages of content available to all. Source: British Library. eGov Monitor, 4 November 2005. "MSN Book Search, launched earlier this month, to deliver search results. Microsoft continues to work with the British Library on its development of the infrastructure for the National Digital Library..."
'British Library Direct' online document service hits 5000-user milestone. Public Technology, 25 November 2005. "The British Library’s recently-launched online document supply service, British Library Direct, has just signed up its 5000th registered user, just five months after going live in June. The service, which provides complete resource-discovery-to-delivery access to millions of research articles in the Library’s collections, now serves customers in some 138 countries ranging from Korea (North and South) to Christmas Island..."
British Library Direct hits 5000 registered user mark. Source: British Library. eGov Monitor, 25 November 2005. "The British Library’s recently-launched online document supply service, British Library Direct, has just signed up its 5000th registered user, just five months after going live in June. The service, which provides complete resource-discovery-to-delivery access to millions of research articles in the Library’s collections, now serves customers in some 138 countries ranging from Korea (North and South) to Christmas Island..."
Last updated: 24 November 2009
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