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Library of Birmingham Development Trust

The Library of Birmingham Trust was established in May 2011 to support capital fundraising and enhance Birmingham City Council’s annual investment in the city’s libraries. It is able to raise funds from public, private and charitable sources which are not necessarily available to the local authority. The Trust is supporting programme delivery, helping to house fragile collections and supporting the development of new resources for citizens and business users.

Which other Creative Sectors has the SME worked with?
Games, Multimedia & Web, Open Data

Which other Growth Sectors has the SME worked with?
None

Were any relationships rewarding?

The Digital SME’s have created new and interesting ways for the public to access the library’s archives. Crucial to this is development of the mechanism that will allow the library to generate an additional income.

How does the SME think it could benefit from other sectors' input?

Further deepen contacts through Heritage sectors. Share experience and knowledge of developing digital tools and releasing archives. Cross sell and promote digital and non digital assets.

What can the SME offer other sectors?

Experience of applying technology into heritage sectors and changing the way that the organisation has worked. Sharing experiences of development of new physical spaces for the public but also combining them with digital interaction. Developing commercial models that will allow these organisations to develop income streams.

To what extent would the SME be prepared to share information?

Prepared to share information.

How would the SME describe its potential for cross innovation?

The organisations is interested in learning and sharing its experiences and see how these can be applied across other sectors as well as similar sectors overseas. They are also interested in meeting technology business that could have solutions for helping them develop and expose more of their archive.

Out of the 11 Cross Innovation Partner Cities, are there any particular cities with which the SME would like to form a new relationship?
Amsterdam, Berlin, Birmingham, Linz, Lisbon, Pilsen, Rome, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw

Are there any particular organisations outside the SMEs home country, with which it would like to connect?

Berlin Library

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