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News media at the
British Library
ALISS visit, 20 April 2015
Luke McKernan
Lead Curator, News and Moving Image
luke.mckernan@bl.uk
www.bl.uk 2
News at the British Library
www.bl.uk 3
Newspapers
 57,000 separate newspaper, journal, and periodical
titles: approximately 100m issues (of which 60m are
newspapers), from 17thC to today
 Current acquisition: 1,400 newspaper and
weekly/fortnightly periodical titles
 Print copies acquired under legal deposit but will move
increasingly towards digital acquisition
 Physical access at St Pancras (print newspapers,
microfilm) and Boston Spa (print newspapers), with
digital access at both locations
 Around one third of collection is on microfilm. If we have
microfilm or digital copy, we don’t provide access to
print copy
 Online access to 11m newspaper pages via British
Newspaper Archive
(http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.com)
www.bl.uk 4
Newspaper collection highlights
 Thomason Tracts – 7,200 Civil War and other 17thC
newsbooks and newspapers
 Burney Collection – 700 bound volumes of newspapers
1603-1818
 British and Irish newspapers collected under legal
deposit since 1869
 Overseas newspapers from 1631 onwards, with
extensive British Commonwealth titles (c.90 titles
currently received)
 Press cuttings inc Chatham House Press Library
Collection
www.bl.uk 5
Newspapers – electronic resources
 1.5m newspapers and news-related journals available
onsite via subscription services e.g. ProQuest, Gale
Cengage, Newsbank
 Includes Times Digital Archive, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror,
Guardian/Observer, Times of India, World Newspaper
Archive, Early American Newspapers, Latin American
newspapers
 International newspapers represented for Americas,
Africa, Asia, Europe and Russia, Australasia, Middle
East
 Also many free newspaper sources: Gallica, Chronicling
America, Trove, Papers Past, NewspapersSG
 Access onsite only
www.bl.uk 6
National Newspaper Building
Boston Spa, Yorkshire
 33km of shelving
 280,000 volumes
 14-15% oxygen
 20m-high stacks
 Robotic retrieval
 Officially opened
January 2015
 Riding the robots
www.bl.uk 7
Newspapers
http://www.bl.uk/subjects/news-media
www.bl.uk 8
Newspaper database
http://explore.bl.uk
www.bl.uk 9
Newspaper database
http://explore.bl.uk
www.bl.uk 10
British Newspaper Archive
http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
www.bl.uk 11
www.bl.uk 12
Television and radio news
 Began recording television and radio news programmes
receivable in the UK in May 2010
 Collection now over 57,000 programmes, of which
45,000 are TV, recorded off-air from 22 channels inc.
BBC, Al-Jazeera, Russia Today, CNN, CCTV (China),
NHK, Bloomberg, France 24, World Service, LBC
 40 hours of TV and 22 hours of radio captured per day
 Born digital archive, including Electronic Programme
Guide data and subtitles where available
 Recording many extra programmes for 2015 General
Election
 Access onsite only, owing to copyright restrictions, via
Broadcast News service
www.bl.uk 13
Broadcast News
http://videoserver.bl.uk (onsite only)
www.bl.uk 14
Web news
 Non-print legal deposit legislation introduced in April 2013
means British Library can now harvest and archive UK
websites
 Initial annual crawl collected from 4.5M .uk websites and
web pages – 1.9bn URLs
 Harvesting over 1,100 UK news websites on daily/weekly
basis, with particular interest in hyperlocal news
 Targeting of particular news events e.g. death of Nelson
Mandela, including social media
 Access onsite only at British Library and other legal
deposit libraries
 Small number of sites available to all via UK Web Archive
– http://www.webarchive.org.uk
www.bl.uk 15
UK Web Archive
http://www.webarchive.org.uk
www.bl.uk 16
The Newsroom
 Main reading room for news media
 Opened at St Pancras site March 2014 – on Floor 2
 Reading room with networking annexe
 Provides access to newspapers (digital, microfilm and
print), television, radio and Web news
 Access to print newspapers only where a ‘surrogate’
copy (digital or microfilm) does not exist. Delivery of
print newspapers takes 48 hours
 An expression of intent, bringing together all of the news
media in the one place
www.bl.uk 17
The Newsroom
“Open for business”
www.bl.uk 18
Contact
 Luke McKernan – Lead Curator, News & Moving Image
 luke.mckernan@bl.uk
 Stephen Lester – Newspaper Curator
 stephen.lester@bl.uk
 Web - http://www.bl.uk/subjects/news-media
 Blog - http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/thenewsroom
 Twitter - @BL_newsroom
 General enquiries
 newspaper@bl.uk
 broadcastnews@bl.uk

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News media at the British Library

  • 1. News media at the British Library ALISS visit, 20 April 2015 Luke McKernan Lead Curator, News and Moving Image luke.mckernan@bl.uk
  • 2. www.bl.uk 2 News at the British Library
  • 3. www.bl.uk 3 Newspapers  57,000 separate newspaper, journal, and periodical titles: approximately 100m issues (of which 60m are newspapers), from 17thC to today  Current acquisition: 1,400 newspaper and weekly/fortnightly periodical titles  Print copies acquired under legal deposit but will move increasingly towards digital acquisition  Physical access at St Pancras (print newspapers, microfilm) and Boston Spa (print newspapers), with digital access at both locations  Around one third of collection is on microfilm. If we have microfilm or digital copy, we don’t provide access to print copy  Online access to 11m newspaper pages via British Newspaper Archive (http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.com)
  • 4. www.bl.uk 4 Newspaper collection highlights  Thomason Tracts – 7,200 Civil War and other 17thC newsbooks and newspapers  Burney Collection – 700 bound volumes of newspapers 1603-1818  British and Irish newspapers collected under legal deposit since 1869  Overseas newspapers from 1631 onwards, with extensive British Commonwealth titles (c.90 titles currently received)  Press cuttings inc Chatham House Press Library Collection
  • 5. www.bl.uk 5 Newspapers – electronic resources  1.5m newspapers and news-related journals available onsite via subscription services e.g. ProQuest, Gale Cengage, Newsbank  Includes Times Digital Archive, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Guardian/Observer, Times of India, World Newspaper Archive, Early American Newspapers, Latin American newspapers  International newspapers represented for Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Russia, Australasia, Middle East  Also many free newspaper sources: Gallica, Chronicling America, Trove, Papers Past, NewspapersSG  Access onsite only
  • 6. www.bl.uk 6 National Newspaper Building Boston Spa, Yorkshire  33km of shelving  280,000 volumes  14-15% oxygen  20m-high stacks  Robotic retrieval  Officially opened January 2015  Riding the robots
  • 10. www.bl.uk 10 British Newspaper Archive http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
  • 12. www.bl.uk 12 Television and radio news  Began recording television and radio news programmes receivable in the UK in May 2010  Collection now over 57,000 programmes, of which 45,000 are TV, recorded off-air from 22 channels inc. BBC, Al-Jazeera, Russia Today, CNN, CCTV (China), NHK, Bloomberg, France 24, World Service, LBC  40 hours of TV and 22 hours of radio captured per day  Born digital archive, including Electronic Programme Guide data and subtitles where available  Recording many extra programmes for 2015 General Election  Access onsite only, owing to copyright restrictions, via Broadcast News service
  • 14. www.bl.uk 14 Web news  Non-print legal deposit legislation introduced in April 2013 means British Library can now harvest and archive UK websites  Initial annual crawl collected from 4.5M .uk websites and web pages – 1.9bn URLs  Harvesting over 1,100 UK news websites on daily/weekly basis, with particular interest in hyperlocal news  Targeting of particular news events e.g. death of Nelson Mandela, including social media  Access onsite only at British Library and other legal deposit libraries  Small number of sites available to all via UK Web Archive – http://www.webarchive.org.uk
  • 15. www.bl.uk 15 UK Web Archive http://www.webarchive.org.uk
  • 16. www.bl.uk 16 The Newsroom  Main reading room for news media  Opened at St Pancras site March 2014 – on Floor 2  Reading room with networking annexe  Provides access to newspapers (digital, microfilm and print), television, radio and Web news  Access to print newspapers only where a ‘surrogate’ copy (digital or microfilm) does not exist. Delivery of print newspapers takes 48 hours  An expression of intent, bringing together all of the news media in the one place
  • 18. www.bl.uk 18 Contact  Luke McKernan – Lead Curator, News & Moving Image  luke.mckernan@bl.uk  Stephen Lester – Newspaper Curator  stephen.lester@bl.uk  Web - http://www.bl.uk/subjects/news-media  Blog - http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/thenewsroom  Twitter - @BL_newsroom  General enquiries  newspaper@bl.uk  broadcastnews@bl.uk