Opening access to research

  I recently gave a presentation as part of both Open Access week and the year-long series of lectures which are launching the new strategy foe the Library of Trinity College Dublin. It was a great honour to be asked to speak at Trinity alongside fellow academics, not least Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Distinguished Professor of […]

National Digitisation Review

  National Digitisation ReviewI recently completed a piece of work for Research Libraries UK on the ideas and options associated under the broad title of the National Digitisation Review. RLUK published the report recently and I’d be happy to receive comments, suggestions and further ideas on this important area of continuing development for libraries. There […]

Why are books important?

  Books remain totemic objects and for most authors, publishers, readers and librarians also the final outcome of an idea, a process of editing and design, a purchase and a collection. Books have been doomed publicly for many years and yet still the rise in creative writing courses flowers, the printed publication rate ascends, people […]

The British Library and UK Higher Education

Changing landscapes The British Library operates many services that support the Higher Education sector. It now works in a financial climate that is likely to alter fundamentally within the next three to five years as teaching funding for the arts and humanities begins to affect students’ decisions to progress with postgraduate degrees. The student population […]

Theseus and the Minotaur

This week, Waterstone’s, the UK’s most significant chain of bookshops was purchased for £53million by the Russian tycoon Alexander Mamut. He has now installed the respected bookseller, James Daunt as the new Chief Executive. This is in the same week that the Minotaur, the supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, was named as UK Bookseller of the Year. […]

The Survival of Antiquity

The process of re-engineering the life of the book continues apace. There appears to be a defining of the future as purely digital. It is assumed that as a process has begun, namely the transfer of print to digital books, then that process must have a conclusion. There is inevitability about the dominance of the […]