The Digital Library and its Services

The British Library,
Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and UKOLN

The British Library Conference Centre

6-7 March 2006

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Over the past decade there has been substantial progress in the use and delivery of digital resources. This evolving area has now reached a point of maturity where digital library providers, be they national libraries, universities, or bodies coordinating and delivering distributed national and global services, have begun to identify common service requirements and service frameworks. These emerging digital library services might be delivered in a distributed manner or shared centrally. The core aim of these approaches is to achieve interoperability, ease of access management and use, as well as ways in which to manage digital resources into the future.

The British Library and JISC are both heavily involved in the development of digital library services and joint partnership activities. A key aim of these partnerships is to ensure that learning and research in the UK is supported by the leading-edge digital library technology and access to exceptional content. As a result, this two-day meeting on the Digital Library and its Services is being jointly sponsored by the BL, JISC, and UKOLN to bring together experts to discuss evolving approaches to digital library services and will focus on four major service areas. These are: persistent identifiers, access management, collection and service registries and digital preservation. The aim of the meeting will be to share approaches and to identify ways in which these services might be delivered or what work needs to be undertaken to develop solutions. In particular it is hoped that the meeting will help identify potential future areas of joint work and collaboration.


The meeting will be opened by Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library and will have keynote addresses from: Peter Brantley from the California Digital Library; Pat Manson from the European Commission; and Liz Lyon, Director of UKOLN. Plenary sessions will include contributions from Rachel Bruce, JISC Programme Director, Information Environment; Richard Boulderstone, Director of e-Strategy and Information Systems at the British Library; .

There will be participation from attendees in four focused service areas as outlined above, these discussions will be facilitated by expert aspect leaders.

This two-day conference will take place at the British Library Conference Centre on 6-7 March 2006.

There will be a drinks reception at the British Library Conference Centre on the night of Monday 6 March immediately following the close of Day One of the conference. All delegates are invited to attend this. The reception will finish at 6pm leaving delegates to enjoy a free evening in London.

There is no charge for attendance at this conference but an administration fee of 50 will be charged for a no-show. Replacement delegates will be accepted.

To book at place at this conference please complete the registration form.

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