Issue 4 of the BFI’s New Era for Film transition newsletter circulated today details the new work activity, the new departments and their location. To access PDF click below.
The following notice was sent to BFI library members on 12 April 2011:
Dear Library Member
Please be aware that from the week beginning 18th April 2011, the Reading Room of the BFI National Library will close at 5.30pm on Tuesday evenings. All late opening will be suspended during the summer holiday period, starting in July and resuming again in early September.
Additionally, there will be a one week closure during August so that essential planning activities can take place. Further specific details of these changes to the Library schedule will be communicated to Library Members shortly.
The next year will be an exciting and challenging one for the BFI National Library and we will be spending a lot of time looking at all aspects of our operations, including our opening hours and services. We really appreciate your cooperation and understanding at this time of transition and wish to reassure you that we will work hard to minimise any inconvenience to you. We look forward to seeing you in the Reading Room very soon.
The BFI National Library Team
Sent by BFI, 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN
The MeCCSA newsletter ThreeD includes a feature about the BFI library in its April 2011 issue, which focuses on resistance to the cuts in Higher Education. To access a PDF of the article, click here:
This announcement appeared on the bfi website today:
Today the following letter, together with individual copies of the campaign petition, was delivered by hand to each member of the BFI board of governors:
07 April 2011
We write to express our concern, a concern shared by many in the UK and international film and media community, about the BFI management’s proposals for the Institute’s incomparable library. We have hoped that the changes proposed would improve access to and care of the collection but they promise to do the reverse.
Our views are well represented in the documents which accompany this letter to you: notably, the letter to the Director, signed by us and more than twenty other professors, and the petition of more than 1,000 signatories (available at http://www.gopetition.com/petition/42006.html ). The concern, to which these documents testify, has been echoed in the press – eg in The Independent, Sight and Sound, The New Statesman and The Times Higher Education Supplement. Since writing to the Director we have met her and her colleagues and take some comfort in their assurances and the undertakings made by Heather Stewart, by e-mail and in her statement in Sight and Sound. These assurances include a commitment to the library being a top priority and head of the investment list, public consultation on proposals, maintaining the level of professional expertise and qualifications among library staff, not worsening access to the ITC collection and maintaining the library acquisition budget. Heather has also referred to the risk to collections of printed materials posed by basement storage and we share her concern on this matter – not least because a basement next to the river Thames is, obviously, a riskier location than one in Stephen Street.
However, the Director has referred to April 2012 as the target date for implementing the library’s move to the South Bank – this is now only a year away and if public consultation is to be meaningful and capable of influencing the Institute’s decisions we are convinced that clear and detailed proposals – perhaps with modelled options – need to be made public very soon. We write now therefore to bring to your attention the pervasiveness of a high level of public and user concern over the future of the BFI National Library and the need soon to bring forward clear and detailed proposals for its future so that public consultation can be meaningful. The BFI National Library is an incomparable resource – its integrity, comprehensiveness and accessibility must not be worsened.
Professor Edward Buscombe
Professor Richard Collins
Professor Pam Cook
Professor Annette Kuhn