Library of Birmingham blog 4

By on 28/09/2009 in Blog

gamblesHead of Birmingham Libraries Service Brian Gambles with the latest in a series of blogs looking at the exciting £193million Library of Birmingham project.

Still a very hectic time with the Design Team chasing down deadlines to finalise and resolve all the outstanding issues.

The Stage D report landed on my desk with a thud last week, all 900+ pages of it, our response is due on Friday.

October is the key month for getting the final design issues sorted out.

In the meantime there's been a lot of activity in the digital world.

'LoB Digital', as we are calling it, needs to be as exciting and as striking a presence as the physical building, so we need to call on expertise to help us imagine not only what the IT offer inside the library will look like, but also how a world-class web presence will shape up.

In both cases, the biggest mistake we could make would be to decide too much too soon.

So a couple of weeks ago we got together with some of the city’s digital media community, courtesy of Dave Harte, currently of Digital Birmingham but soon to move to BCU, for a future scanning session.

Really grateful to those who gave their time, it's opened up some fascinating lines of enquiry, and we managed to talk about everything from augmented reality to mashed up archive content, calling in at knitted pandas on the way…don’t ask, it made a lot of sense at the time!

We’ll be following up these leads…

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