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The International Dimensions of Digital Science and Scholarship: Aspirations of the British Library in Serving the International Scientific and Scholarly Communities

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This chapter describes recent activity and strategy of the British Library as we endeavour to serve the global scholarly community, equally recognizes the need to balance the traditional with the new and in doing so "redefine"what is a great research library in the 21st century.There is no doubt that the digital revolution has transformed the landscape we all operate within; bringing us closer together and presenting new opportunities and new challenges in the process.

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... In this article, we suggest that two intertwined rationales -technical development and the marketisation of the public sector along with a customer approach -are driving the change that is challenging academic libraries to rethink their work and services. Technical development in the forms of an increasing number of online services and digital publishing has been the leading promoter of change (Brindley, 2008). Technical developments have also affected the needs of students, researchers and faculty members. ...
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