Saturday, 1 October 2011

Can you help? British library history 2006-2010

I've been invited to write the chapter on 'library history' for the forthcoming British librarianship and information work 2006-2010, edited by John Bowman.

Obviously, I'm be scouring the literature myself to determine trends, significant publications, events of note, and suchlike.  But I would like to hear from others, too.  I am particularly keen to hear about:
  • conferences whose proceedings have not (yet) been published, and that I might otherwise miss
  • online projects, resources and databases that might not be mentioned in the traditional literature
  • any particular trends that you have noticed in recent years and think are worthy of note (ideally with supporting evidence!)

The scope of the book is work in the UK from 2005 to 2010. You need not mention the Cambridge History - that will be getting a section all of its own.

Please pass this message on to anyone you know who may have an opinion to share.  Thank you!


  1. It's not proceedings (and you may well have been there) but the full version of my review of the last LIHG conference is here:
    the journal will print an edited version at some point...

  2. One thing that might not appear on the radar is the Science Online conferences. The first one, 2008, was called the Science Blogging conference but covered information issues too. The three subsequent conferences have been Science Online. I think its interesting that "online" used to be the province of LIS types but now web and techie people, scientists and science writers also see it as something they are interested in.
    I did a meeting report for the HLG newsletter

    Also worth commenting on groups that have grown out of eg LinkedIn and Twitter. LIKE is an example of the first, and I know there is a library-based tweetup in London, probably elsewhere too.

  3. You might be interested in the following website: