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Black History Project wins Libraries Change Lives Award

A unique and innovative project that aims to record and promote the histories and stories of Northamptonshire’s black communities and individuals over the last 500 years has won the CILIP/LIS Libraries Change Lives Award.

The winner was announced today by poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah at the Library and Information Show (LIS) at the NEC, Birmingham.

The two other shortlisted projects were It’s My Life from Enfield Libraries and New Horizons Estate reading Campaign from Islington Library and Cultural Services.

The winning project counted as tangible achievements: 660 references from the 12th century to the present, an oral history archive of 185 interviews, archiving the records of 11 black community organisations, newsletters and publications and projects working with young people in the classroom.

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Texts in Context at the British Library

Texts in Context is a new online resource from the British Library.

It is a rich and unusual collection of over 400 texts where you can find menus for medieval banquets and handwritten recipes scribbled inside book covers. You can browse the first English dictionary ever written and explore the secret language of the Georgian underworld. You can study the East India Company's shopping lists and practise sentences from colonial phrasebooks. You can learn smugglers' songs, listen to rare dialect recordings, and examine the logbooks of 17th century trading ships.

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LILAC 2005

Earlier this week an exciting, inaugural conference, Librarians Information Literacy Annual Conference 2005 (LILAC) was held at Imperial College, London. Delegates at the 3 day conference were drawn mainly from Higher Education, but also came from Further Education and the schools sector. A number of delegates were also from outside the UK.

Speakers included Diana Laurillard (DfES), Gwyneth Price (the Institute of Education, London), Sheila Corrall (University of Sheffield) and Sheila McNeill (Learning and Teaching Scotland). There were also a range of optional papers and poster sessions.

LILAC was organised by the Information Literacy Group of CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, who are already planning a similar event next year.

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