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Old February 14th, 2010, 09:38 PM   #101
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Oh So that ring of fencing I saw through the hoardings was just a funky swirl in the middle of the construction site and not the amphitheatre taking shape.

Thanks for the great shots SB!
You were spot on the first time Erebus about the amphitheatre taking shape. The photos don't show it very clearly but they have started piling the perimeter of the amphitheatre so that they can dig out the centre. I think the 2nd link takes you to a photo where you can see a strip of concrete next to the fencing. I zoomed in on the photo and you can see in an swriel shape line the tops of about 25 piles with 4 metal rods sticking out of the top of each.

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Aaah, now that you describe it, I can see it.

I'm going to try and get a shot from the wall next to Baskerville House next week. I hope I get out of there alive!
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Old February 15th, 2010, 12:47 AM   #103
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Aaah, now that you describe it, I can see it.

I'm going to try and get a shot from the wall next to Baskerville House next week. I hope I get out of there alive!
Is the multi storey carpark directly behind Baskerville House still open to the public?
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Aah I think it is actually. I just hope there's no security snooping around.
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Old February 15th, 2010, 11:34 PM   #105
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Aah I think it is actually. I just hope there's no security snooping around.
Don't worry, they'll be sleeping in the security cabin at the main entrance to the car park!
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Old February 16th, 2010, 12:02 AM   #106
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Library of Birmingham to host British Film Institute Mediatheque



Feb 15 2010 by Graham Young

The new Library of Birmingham will have a ‘digital jukebox’ from 2013 to enable visitors to watch everything from classic films to TV documentaries and home movies.

The BFI Mediatheque will be run in partnership with the British Film Institute which introduced the system in London in 2007.

Viewing stations will enable users to view content taken from one of the world’s most significant film and television collections.

The Mediatheque’s current collection includes more than 1,500 titles, more than 85% of which are unavailable anywhere else.

In Birmingham, local partners Media Archive for Central England and Screen West Midlands will help to provide a fascinating record of the region’s people, places, history and creativity.

BFI director Amanda Nevill said: “Film provides such a tantalising view of how people lived, worked and played in the past.

“The public is clamouring to see it and the job of the BFI is to make the UK’s collection of archive film and television more widely and easily available to everyone, regardless of where they live or where the material is held.

“We are several steps closer to giving people the chance to experience and enjoy unprecedented access to their national film and television heritage.”

Brian Gambles, Birmingham City Council's assistant director for culture and head of libraries, said: “The Library of Birmingham aims to embrace digital technology, and this resource is certain to become an exciting and invaluable attraction.

“The BFI Mediatheque will provide access to one of the world’s largest film archives. We look forward to enhancing it by chronicling Birmingham’s proud history and culture.”

Typical of the kind of archive films that will be accessible at the mediatheque is this 1902 athletics match at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham.

The Birmingham Athletic Club Festival took place a couple of months after the ground hosted its first ever Test Match, against Australia.

It was one of many events filmed by Mitchell & Kenyon and shown at Waller Jeffs Cinematography show at Curzon Hall in Birmingham.

Adrian Chiles narrates the footage, which comes from the BFI Mitchell & Kenyon collection and is shown courtesy of the BFI National Archive.

For more about the Mitchell & Kenyon collection, visit the BFI website

http://www.birminghampost.net/news/w...5233-25839257/
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Old February 16th, 2010, 12:15 AM   #107
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Library of Birmingham to partner British Film Institute



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Published: February 8, 2010
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Hours of classic films, television, documentaries and even home movies will form a fascinating window to the nation’s shared history at the new Library of Birmingham after it was confirmed it will become the home of a BFI Mediatheque.

The announcement, which sees the Library of Birmingham team up with the BFI (British Film Institute), means visitors will have free access to many of the rarest and most extraordinary titles in the BFI National Archive when the Centenary Square building opens in 2013.

First introduced in 2007, the BFI Mediatheque consists of several individual viewing stations, offering users the opportunity to view a vast selection of content taken from one of the world’s most significant film and television collections. Effectively operating as a digital jukebox of rarely seen material and well-loved classics of film and TV, the Mediatheque offers an ever-expanding collection of more than 1,500 titles, over 85% of which are unavailable to view anywhere else.

News of the new facility in Birmingham comes as the BFI announces plans for expansion across the country, and the new venue at Library of Birmingham is set to become one of the largest BFI Mediatheques in the country.

Described by Time Out magazine as “One of our greatest national cultural resources”, the launch of the facility in Birmingham will coincide with the addition of a plethora of local content to the Mediatheque. Joining forces with partners such as the Media Archive for Central England and Screen West Midlands, the BFI Mediatheque will provide a fascinating record of the people, places, history and creativity of the region.

Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “I am delighted that the Library of Birmingham has been selected as the latest home of the BFI Mediatheque. Building on the excellent start to the year, with construction starting on site for the new Library of Birmingham, 2010 is really becoming a year in which Birmingham continues to set new standards for a library’s place in the 21st century.

“Partnerships with organisations such as the BFI are an excellent means to deliver new and innovative services, as we seek to establish the Library of Birmingham as the hub of the city’s knowledge economy. This is the first in a series of key announcements around the Library of Birmingham, and we look forward to announcing more top-class partnerships in the near future.”

Brian Gambles, Assistant Director for Culture and Head of Libraries at Birmingham City Council said: “The Library of Birmingham aims to embrace digital technology, and this resource is certain to become an exciting and invaluable attraction for our visitors. The BFI Mediatheque provides library users with access to one of the world’s largest film archives, and we look forward to enhancing it with a new collection chronicling Birmingham’s proud history and culture.”

The announcement was also welcomed by BFI Director Amanda Nevill, who said: “Film provides such a tantalising view of how the people of Britain lived and worked and played over the past century or more. The public is clamouring to see it and the job of the BFI is to make the UK’s collection of archive film and television more widely and easily available to everyone, regardless of where they live or where the material is held.

“We always said when we opened our first Mediatheque at BFI Southbank in London that our aim was to replicate it in every nation and region of the UK and we are several steps closer to achieving that aim now – giving people across the UK the chance to experience and enjoy unprecedented access to their national film and television heritage.”

Construction of the Library of Birmingham began in Centenary Square last month after plans received final approval in December.

The new building has been designed to function flexibly around rapidly developing new digital technologies to create opportunities for learning and access. New exhibition galleries will showcase for the first time the city’s outstanding and internationally significant archives and special collections, including Photography and Early and Fine Printing.

An open air amphitheatre at the lower ground floor will be an exciting feature in Centenary Square, bringing the library out into the public realm and providing a venue for live performance including music, poetry and story-telling.

The next phase on the build project, due to commence in February, will be the demolition of The REP’s extension block that forms part of the footprint for the new development, which will integrate the new library with the theatre at ground and mezanine levels.

The building includes a spacious entrance foyer, and a new 300-seat studio theatre which will be used by both organisations. The project is on course for completion in summer 2013.

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Old February 16th, 2010, 12:16 AM   #108
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Taken from the above news story.

The next phase on the build project, due to commence in February, will be the demolition of The REP’s extension block that forms part of the footprint for the new development, which will integrate the new library with the theatre at ground and mezanine levels.

http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=7215
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Old February 16th, 2010, 05:45 PM   #109
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The birmingham wheel goes at the end of this month so looks like we wont be able to use that too get a view in of the site

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I guess it would have to go when the tower cranes come anyway.
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It's time we saw some more renders and maybe an aerial shot?
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Old February 16th, 2010, 06:17 PM   #112
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I have to be honest, I think that all computers in the library should require payment to use, thus keeping out people messing around.

I think that facebook and other such sites should not be allowed as they can be accessed from internet cafes. And I am not sure how they lend themselves to a learning facility?

I have been in the library and tried to get a computer to print a CV for a job in the past, there were no places available most of the day as there were foreign people plonked on them on hotmail. No objection to that, but I do not think the computers shoul dbe free as they encourage people getting up to no good or just time wasting in the warm, where else do you find free internet services?
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I'd object to having to pay to use computers in the library. I've already paid through my taxes for the computers to be provided, updated and connected to the internet and I do not want to pay further to use them.

However, what I wouldn't object to paying for is printing credits. I don't know if they do this already, but charging for colour printing etc, would definitely be logical.

Just because the computer is in the library, it doesn't mean it must be used for educational purposes. It can be used by anyone for whatever they do as long as it is within the realms of decency (so no porn, basically). If all computer terminals are in use, I don't think it would be a bad idea to loan laptops to people, and then get them to give them back when they're finished with them.
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Old February 16th, 2010, 07:14 PM   #114
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It is a tricky one charging for facilities. I see the moral argument for free but free can remove the personal value of a service and then less considerate people don't think how their use impacts others.
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I'd object to having to pay to use computers in the library. I've already paid through my taxes for the computers to be provided, updated and connected to the internet and I do not want to pay further to use them.
Ideally, it would be free, however, on this issue, I would be happy to make an exception if it meant I could have quality time to use the computers for research or something similar.

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Just because the computer is in the library, it doesn't mean it must be used for educational purposes. It can be used by anyone for whatever they do as long as it is within the realms of decency (so no porn, basically). If all computer terminals are in use, I don't think it would be a bad idea to loan laptops to people, and then get them to give them back when they're finished with them.
The problem is, many people abuse the freedoms that UK libraries offer. If we work on a basis where everyone is honest and only interested in using the computers for accpetibel use then this works, but reailty is it doesn't from my experience and is extremely frustrating. We either need to pay someone to check up on people or make it "not free", this will ensure that we only see genuine users in the library, foriegn or UK citizen. Either way you are going to have to pay for the computers in the library to be looked after through taxes.
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Old February 16th, 2010, 08:23 PM   #116
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Ahhhh that explains it
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Ideally, it would be free, however, on this issue, I would be happy to make an exception if it meant I could have quality time to use the computers for research or something similar.



The problem is, many people abuse the freedoms that UK libraries offer. If we work on a basis where everyone is honest and only interested in using the computers for accpetibel use then this works, but reailty is it doesn't from my experience and is extremely frustrating. We either need to pay someone to check up on people or make it "not free", this will ensure that we only see genuine users in the library, foriegn or UK citizen. Either way you are going to have to pay for the computers in the library to be looked after through taxes.
then you discriminate against those who cant afford the internet at home (there are still people) so come to the library to use a free service and actually want to use the computers for educational purposes. How much are you going to charge people to use them? £1 would deter anyone, so £3...still wouldn't i don't think.
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then you discriminate against those who cant afford the internet at home (there are still people) so come to the library to use a free service and actually want to use the computers for educational purposes. How much are you going to charge people to use them? £1 would deter anyone, so £3...still wouldn't i don't think.
In that case may be we can start a computer club somewhere else in the city that caters for people who want to use the internet for general use... using th einternet is not a god given right and you do not need it to find a job, feed your children, out a roof over your head.. all that is given free already in the form of social services, housing benefit and job centres.

I'm fed up with freebies in teh UK which we all pay for through taxes and which are abused on a regular basis.
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Why are we talking about internet use in the library again... what next, shall we start talking about the multi faith prayer room again!!!
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Why are we talking about internet use in the library again... what next, shall we start talking about the multi faith prayer room again!!!
if you like?

It wasn't needed in the old library, and I didn't see any protests.
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