Monday, July 04, 2005

A National Digital Library is planned at heart of British Library's new strategy :: :: e-Government & public sector IT news from

excertpt: "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:

'Most people are aware that a national switch to digital broadcasting is expected by the end of this decade. Less well known is the fact that a similar trend is underway in the world of publishing: a study by EPS , commissioned by the Library, projects that, by the year 2020, 40% of UK research monographs will be available in electronic format only, while a further 50% will be produced in both print and digital. A mere 10% of new titles will be available in print alone by 2020.

“This is a seismic shift, and one that we – and our partners in the publishing and information industries – need 2020 vision to prepare for in order to maintain Britain’s competitiveness across all sectors, from business to the arts, from science to education and culture.

“Our aim at the British Library is to develop the infrastructure to store, manage, preserve and provide access to digital material in the same way as we do for the ‘physical’ national collection that we and our predecessors have stewarded for the last 250 years. We have worked hard over the past few years to secure the legislation we need (digital legal deposit), work in collaboration with publishers, other libraries and with technical partners to build the necessary systems to ensure long-term access arrangements.”"