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The BL Newsroom to open at St Pancras, Monday 7 April

By Kieron L Jones, on 7 April 2014

Refurbishment work on the British Library Newsroom is progressing well and the new facility will open on Monday 7 April. Readers will once again have access to microfilm and digital newspaper collections as well as broadcast, multimedia and archived websites.

Periodical collections formerly held at Colindale are already available to order again, following an embargo that ran from June last year to 17 February. The majority of periodicals, amounting to some 24,000 titles, have been moved to Boston Spa and are available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 48 hours. A small number of high-use periodicals have been moved to St Pancras and will be available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 70 minutes.

Readers can choose to order these journals online in advance of their visit using Explore the British Library which has improved information about the titles and volumes held by the Library. Readers can also track the progress of their requests via My Reading Room Requests. Records for microfilm and print newspapers that are currently being moved are also visible. Although these items remain unavailable for the time being, the records will link to digital versions where these are available and will help Readers to plan future research.

Print newspapers will become available again in autumn 2014, where there are no microfilm or digital alternatives available in our collection.

For full details, please see the March Collection Moves Bulletin. (PDF)

Get answers to frequently asked questions about changes to access to newspapers. (PDF)

Find out how to upgrade your Newspaper Reader Pass to a full British Library Reader Pass. (PDF)

Find out what you should do if you still have credit on your Colindale self-help copying account. (PDF)

History tables – upgrade

By Kieron L Jones, on 9 December 2013

“UCL Library Services are working to improve the study environment. As part of a phased plan to upgrade furniture, we are replacing the Main Library 2nd floor History [including Public Policy] mismatched tables which have been collected over the years, with tables in keeping with the historical nature of the building. Any original Richardson tables (with the leather tops) are being retained. This work will also result in a modest increase in numbers of study places in the corridor.

On Monday 16/12, defunct tables will be removed. From Tuesday 17/12, the new tables (which will also have power sockets for laptop users) will be installed and connected to the building’s electrics. Work will be completed by Friday 20/12.

Provision is being made for table-top lighting, which will be added to the new tables in future.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that you will enjoy the new facilities.”

Job vacancies at IFS

By Kieron L Jones, on 31 October 2013

We are looking to recruit 2-4 new researchers to join IFS next autumn.
We recruit exceptionally talented students direct from an undergraduate
degree or with a master’s degree. We are also interested in hearing from
the very best of those completing PhDs in relevant areas. We are looking
for highly motivated students who have shown an unusual aptitude for
economics, preferably combined with an interest in policy issues and a
taste for numerical work.

IFS has a strong record in training excellent social scientists, some of
whom continue to work at IFS for many years while others have moved on
to careers in a variety of organisations including the civil service,
the media and academia. Researchers at IFS have the chance to carry out
in-depth economic research and also to communicate their findings to
politicians, journalists, academics and many others. We aim to cultivate
a supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, encouraging
staff to develop their skills, through further study, ad hoc training
and by giving them opportunities to get involved with all aspects of
research and communication right from the start.

If you have any outstanding students who might be interested, I would be
grateful if you could suggest to them that they consider applying;
further details on the role can be found on our website
(www.ifs.org.uk/jobs). The closing date for applications is 24 January,
and interviews will be held at the end of February.

We also run a summer student scheme at IFS to give students, who are at
the end of their penultimate year of study, an opportunity to see
economic research in action. I would be grateful if you could also draw
this opportunity to the attention of any suitable students.

With best wishes
Emma Hyman

British Library Newspaper Moves

By Kieron L Jones, on 18 October 2013

In 2013-14 the British Library will move the national newspaper collection from its current home in Colindale, north London, to a purpose-built Newspaper Storage Building (NSB) in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire.  Click here for further information

Data.gov.uk consultation: Your input can inform Open Data plans

By Kieron L Jones, on 9 September 2013

As part of the UK government’s commitment to improve transparency of their data, an inventory of unpublished datasets is now available online so interested users can see what data the government holds.

The Cabinet Office is inviting all data users to browse the collection and provide input that will help inform the National Information Infrastructure as set out in the Government Response to the Shakespeare Review. The infrastructure will make explicit the main data held by government departments. It will also outline the principles of how government determines what data will be released, when and under what terms. 

As part of this work, they’re asking for input on the datasets of most interest to data users in all sectors (academia, business, journalists, think tanks, etc.).

Overall, the consultation is intended to achieve two goals:

  • to prioritise government datasets for public release based on potential use
  • to identify which datasets could have the broadest and most significant impact within the UK.

The consultation is open to all data users; the only requirement is that you register with data.gov.uk. Responses will be published on data.gov.uk so that other users can have visibility of the emerging debate. Early input is appreciated: the Cabinet Office Transparency Team, Departments, Open Data User Group and the Public Sector Transparency Board will start assessing and prioritising data releases and assembling the National Information Infrastructure from 16 September 2013.

RELATED LINKS
Details on consultation: http://data.gov.uk/blog/government-data-get-involved-0   
Data.gov.uk inventory of unpublished datasets: http://data.gov.uk/data/search?q=&unpublished=true&page=1

Funding opportunity: ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initative

By Kieron L Jones, on 5 September 2013

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is seeking proposals for Phase 2 of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative.

The purpose of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative is to deliver high quality and high impact policy- and practitioner-relevant research through the deeper exploitation of the major data resources created by the ESRC and other agencies, including the UK Data Service.

They are inviting innovative and creative proposals for small-scale projects of up to £200,000 for a maximum duration of 18 months. This Phase 2 call also offers the opportunity to apply for self-managed clusters of several projects giving a larger network of linked grants.

Proposals must include non-academic partners to ensure the co-production of knowledge and to directly address the wider impact aims of the initiative. Proposals that draw on international datasets and/or with an international comparative focus are also encouraged.

The core assessment criteria are:

  • originality and potential contribution to knowledge
  • potential for policy and practitioner impact
  • research design and methods, including innovation and creativity
  • value for money
  • outputs, dissemination and impact.

ESRC expects to fund 20-25 projects under this second phase. Further phases are likely to be commissioned over the coming years.

 Deadline for proposals is 26 November 2013. The full call specification, FAQs and guidance notes are available on the ESRC website: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/funding-opportunities/26605/secondary-data-analysis-initiative-phase-2november.aspx

Royal Society internships

By Kieron L Jones, on 1 August 2013

Two paid policy internships are available at the Royal Society.

One internship will focus on policy for science, innovation and economic growth on a six month fixed term contract, ideally between October 2013 and March 2014.

One internship will focus on policy for higher education on a four month fixed term contract, ideally between late September 2013 and late January 2014.

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, is looking for two policy interns to join our team. We expect both interns to be involved in a wide variety of projects and activities such as organising events, gathering and analysing oral and written evidence, drafting papers and engaging with stakeholders. We are looking for proactive all-rounders with particularly strong communication skills, and a willingness to undertake a range of diverse tasks is essential.

One intern will be mainly involved with our policy work around science, innovation and economic growth following on from our recent statement ‘Fuelling prosperity’ and groundbreaking report ‘Securing the scientific century’. For this post a strong interest in international science and innovation systems, economics and/or public policy is desirable.

The other will mainly work on two pieces of higher education policy work on the funding and training landscape for PhD students in the UK, and codes of conduct for PhDs and postdoctorate researchers. For this post a keen interest in UK higher education policy is desirable, particularly around Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

There will be one application and interview process for both posts. Candidates are invited to indicate which internship they prefer and we will endeavour to take this into account during selection.

For further information about the Royal Society’s policy work go to: http://royalsociety.org/policy/

Interviews for both posts will take place the week beginning 9 September.

For any questions, please contact the Royal Society’s HR department at: humanresources@royalsociety.org

Latest Application By: 16-Aug-2013

Location: 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Please apply on the Royal Society’s website: https://recruit.royalsociety.org/AccessSelect.rEcruit/Recruitment/Vacancies.aspx

Friday 19th July

By Kieron L Jones, on 12 July 2013

Owing to the annual staff conference, the Main Library will be closed all day on Friday 19th July.

The Science Library will be open for reference only 08:45-00:00.  Self-service machines will be available on the ground floor for Science users and on the 2nd floor for Cruciform users.

Spending review

By Kieron L Jones, on 28 June 2013

Chancellor George Osborne announced details of the 2015-16 Spending Round on 26 June 2013.

On Thursday 27 June, the day after the Spending Round, the Institute for Fiscal Studies held a lunchtime briefing at The Building Centre, Store Street, London. The presentation provided an opportunity to hear a considered view of the Chancellor’s announcements from Institute staff.

Presentations from the briefing can be downloaded here

Access to History & SPP reading room collections

By Kieron L Jones, on 26 June 2013

“There is filming planned in the Main Library next week. There will be set up on Wed 3rd July which should not affect access to material. On Thurs 4th July there will be set up and filming taking place in the History corridor and Dutch. This will mean we have to close the doors at the beginning of the history corridor onwards for the day. A book fetching service will be available.  Fri 5th July will be breakdown which will not restrict access in the History corridor and further filming in Dutch. Sat 6th July there is further filming in Dutch. Fri and Sat only Dutch/Celtic will be closed off.”