Librarianship in the 21st century: a new collection
What better institution to archive UK librarianship-related websites than The British Library! The
evolving role of libraries in the UK collection launches with a modest number of websites worthy of preservation, and with a call to librarians, information professionals, researchers and the public to nominate many more worthwhile sites.
The collection aims to reflect developments within the UK library community in the 21st century, in response to financial, technological, political, social and other pressures and challenges. As well as some important institutional and organisation sites (CILIP, MLA, RIN), the collection showcases collaborations (Inspire, UKRR) and advocacy blogs (Public Libraries News), special interest groups (MMIT) and fora (LILAC), communities of knowledge exchange (LIKE, #UKLibChat) and of research and practice (LIS Research Coalition, Research Active). It tries to highlight the work of inspirational professional individuals (Joeyanne Libraryanne) and groups (Heart of the School); innovative services supporting learning and research (SCARLET) and the visually impaired (RNIB, Reading Sight, Speaking Volumes). One of the more dominant themes in the collection is of open access institutional repositories and the new role for librarians and information professionals in digital repositories and data management (RSP, UKCoRR, Open and Shut?)
I am most grateful for the enthusiastic response from website owners whom I had contacted and huge thank you to the Web Archiving Team for doing all the technical work behind the scenes!