Wallot-Sylvestre Seminar: Caroline Brazier, Chief Librarian of the British Library, Monday, May 2, 2016

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Caroline Brazier
Caroline Brazier

Library and Archives Canada presents:

Caroline Brazier, Chief Librarian of the British Library
“Living Knowledge: the value of national libraries”

Monday, May 2, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
395 Wellington Street,
Ottawa, ON

Please register by emailing: bac.rsvpseminaire-seminarrsvp.lac@canada.ca

The presentation will be delivered in English with simultaneous French translation, followed by a question period.

If you cannot attend in person, you can follow the proceedings on Twitter using the hashtag #RWSS.

The Wallot-Sylvestre Seminars are a lecture series focused on informing and disseminating strategic thinking in the domains of information science, archival science, history, etc. Lecturers are invited by Library and Archives Canada from the academic, public and private sectors, and include scholars and practitioners.

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In this seminar, Ms. Brazier will explore the different ways in which we can look at the benefits which come from national libraries and the ways in which they are delivering their services and developing in a networked world.

Biography of Caroline Brazier

As Chief Librarian at the British Library, Caroline leads on all aspects of strategic development and management of the Library’s collections to ensure they remain world class, relevant to all the Library’s audiences and accessible for research and scholarship. She is responsible for delivering on the Library’s core mandate to develop, preserve, curate and make available the British Library’s collection of over 150 million items. As well as meeting the needs of researchers in the UK and around the world, the Library also tries to make them available to cultural visitors and learners of all ages, through a growing programme of exhibitions and cultural and educational events. Caroline is committed to ensuring the Library shares its collections as widely as possible nationally and internationally.

One of her key areas of professional work is the development of digital library services, particularly implementing digital legal deposit in the UK. She is deeply engaged with the new skills, standards and infrastructure we need, both as separate institutions and as the wider information profession to make this transformation.

Caroline is strongly committed to collaboration and partnership across the library world. She is currently a Board member of Research Libraries UK and of the UK Research Reserve which are both working towards better collaborative and shared services to support libraries. She is also actively involved at European level collaboration through the Conference of European National Libraries, where she currently serves as Treasurer. 

Before joining the British Library in 2002, Caroline worked in a range of academic and research libraries, developing core library services for teaching and research and working on dedicated projects on new library buildings, systems, and copyright changes.

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