Celebrating ‘Your Stories’: British Library’s new web pages are launched (guest blog)

Voices for the Library know the power and value of stories, and we are proud that so many library users from across the country have shared their stories with us. The British Library also recognises the value of user stories – Fiona McCarthy from the British Library tells us a bit more about their new ‘Your Stories’ webpages.

What sorts of secrets are held within the British Library’s Reading Rooms? Did you know that readers have used the British Library to support their first-hand account of the opium problems in Afghanistan, to research their storylines for ‘Foyle’s War’, and to create easy-to-understand information for patients with complex medical conditions?

We know that famous figures such as Karl Marx, Virginia Woolf and Oscar Wilde are noted Library-users from the past, but there are plenty of great researchers currently visiting our St Pancras site. And we were keen to discover the successes that we are helping people achieve, and persuade them not to be shy!

So, to uncover and celebrate the many achievements we’ve helped readers reach, we’ve just launched the new, eye-catching ‘Your Stories’ web pages at www.bl.uk/yourstories.  This is a chance for researchers to submit their own success story electronically, including videos and pictures. It’s a great opportunity for people to show how the British Library has helped them reach their goal.

You can be inspired by videos from Sandi Toksvig, Margaret Drabble and Anthony Horowitz, and see the personal tales from people whose achievements range from directing a highly acclaimed film, to forecasting volcanic eruptions and launching innovative pet products. As well as dipping into a host of fascinating examples on the site, you can add your own comments to them too. And all these impressive successes promoted here have been possible thanks to the collections and services we offer!

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