Within the walls of the British Library lies one of the greatest collections in the world. However, the value of the British Library lies not only in the preservation of heritage items, but also in its determination to keep pace with the many changes in the global information environment. As more content becomes open access, the British Library has an opportunity to move beyond the confines of the physical space and connect users to content whether they live in the UK or overseas.
This presentation will look at what the British Library is currently doing to improve discovery through its own search systems, as well as initiatives to improve the discovery of open access content beyond academia. It will also include an introduction to the British Library’s new repository service, a service that enables research undertaken by the British Library and partner organisations to become more discoverable through quality metadata, persistent identifiers, enhanced accessibility and long-term preservation.
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