Collection Management and Development blog posts

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Change to copyright law for industrially manufactured artistic works

On 28th July this year the repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA) came into force. The transition period will end on 28 January 2017.

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7 of the most interesting special collections in the UK and Ireland

With thousands of special collections around in the British Isles covering 550 years and a vast range of topics, how does one choose one’s favourites?

The Temple of Baal-Shamin in Palmyra, Syria - the role of libraries in times of crisis

The Persistence of Preservation

This post is part of a series of blogs we are publishing about the role of libraries in times of crisis.

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Preparing for LGBT History Month - our top tips

LGBT History Month - which is celebrated in February in the UK – is almost upon us! If you haven’t planned anything yet, it’s not too late to pull something together!

Animorphia book cover

How to use colouring books for adults in the library

Adult colouring books are incredibly popular in the UK at the moment. One book or another will sometimes top the Amazon chart for weeks on end, and even if an adult colouring book isn’t taking the first-place spot, one won’t be far behind.

Make a noise about bullying. Anti-bullying week 2015

Anti-Bullying Week - what can libraries do?

This post is part of a series of blogs we are publishing about the role of libraries in times of crisis.

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Improving LGBTQ* provision in your library: why and how to do it

Did you look at the title of this post and think, “This isn’t relevant to me?” If so, please read on: this post is for you. If you looked and thought it was or might be relevant to you, please also read on: this post is for you too!

Plymouth University Library

Free core e-textbooks: a practical way to support students

Tifaine Dickinson explains why Plymouth University is providing free core reading material in e-textbook form to its first year undergraduate students in an award-winning project, the largest of its kind in the UK.

An example of a multi-sensory book

Multi-sensory storytelling: telling a story with emotions not words

When it comes to telling stories to people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, multi-sensory storytelling is far and away the most effective tool.

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The academic e-book landscape: technological problems

Weightless, accessible, undefaceable and with plenty of functionality, e-books in theory seem to have a lot going for them and should be perfect for student users.