22 May 2008
The British Library is continuously seeking new ways in which to share its collection with a wider audience, in the UK and across the world. In recent years, the growth of technology and the web have enabled huge strides to be made in this regard.
The Library is working with public and private partners to further its digital programme, including delivering huge scale digitalisation projects with newspapers and 19th century literature. It is also collaborating with others to build the digital libraries of the future, including the European Library.
Lynne Brindley assesses how the British Library is utilising the opportunities offered by new technologies, including digitisation and web 2.0 functions, to enable wider access to its collection and to enhance the Library’s services and exhibitions. She also considers the issues that the Library faces as it builds the digital library of the future.