Does anyone know if the library web site has closed down ?, I somehow cannot find a link to it anymore ?....
well phil even before the foundations to the new libaray was laid i was predicting that this library would not work and would not be fit for purpose...in the few years since it has opened i see no reason to take back my words..wish i could...but repairs have been needed to various parts of the building...staff cut in half...opening hours cut in half including the archives dept only being open every 4th saturday( unless things have changed)...how ridiculous is that...we were definately sold down the river with this one..just my own opinion but we were promised so much from the new build and in reality we got so little..Following the disappearance of the Shoothill images I had a look at the Birmingham Library website and was distinctly unimpressed. There seem to be pages with lots of white spaces and looking for local images just seems to get lost in more non-useful pages. I tried one of their links to something called 'Calmview' ... not much use.
I have previously seen their 'Themes' pages but they don't seem to use screen space efficiently.
As a comparison I tried a test with the Manchester Library.
Scroll down to the search box and enter trams ... 50 tram images are listed with dates etc.
Click on any thumbnail pics and they enlarge.
If you don't want to look at trams type the word Oldham and a 933 pics are listed.
It was quick and efficient with more useful information per screen page.
Remember how it looked ... one of the best image search tools I ever used ...
The photos were digitised and stored on a server somewhere .. and one wonders whether they still are on a server ?
The place sounds more like an internet cafe in a large, costly building!I used to spend a lot of time in the former library and got to know staff such as Peter Drake and Patrick Baird. Can you guess how long I have spent researching in the new library?
Zero. I had a quick look not long after it opened and saw rows of empty book shelves and lots of people looking at computer screens. Oh, and seemingly more coffee shops than counters. I realise things have moved on but, for me, there's nothing quite like a tangible item in your hands. I went to have a look at the archives but the shelf I wanted to look at was unavailable because somebody was using another shelf and the whole thing was on rollers so access is limited.
The cut in staffing and hours extinguished any hopes of using the library. Due to work I used to go in the evenings and on Saturdays. So, and it seems incredible to me, I have not used the building for any research.
I wonder if they will also need buckets to catch rain water in 20 years time!
devonjim asked the Library about the collection (post below) and the links in their reply were unsatisfactory when I tried them.Brilliant Phil. Thanks.
I remember you also rescued the Keith Berry photos a few years back.
Is this something we should worry about as sites are no longer funded/maintained ? And can we do more through BHF to make sure we have a copy of the images ? Such a waste otherwise.
I was wondering the other day about the Digital Handsworth site. Is it now hovering in limbo in the ether ?! Viv.
I note their website appears to be unsecure when I click on it !Had a "winge" about this collection disappearing. This is reply from Library.