British Library introduces membership scheme

first_img The British Library has introduced a Membership scheme, enabling users to support the Library financially in return for receiving a range of benefits.The scheme has been introduced ahead of the opening of a major exhibition “Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line”, which members will be able to explore at no charge.Graham MacFadyen, Head of Digital and Marketing at the British Library, commented that introducing a paid membership option at an institution that offers free access to many of its services is a challenge. Nevertheless galleries and museums such as Tate and the National Gallery have succeeded in creating and operating such a system. It has become “a popular way… to build up their supporter base, and provides a vital additional source of income alongside public funding and commercial revenue”.He wrote:“It’s an increasingly crowded market, though, so the Library had to think long and hard about a suitably attractive range of benefits that would encourage people to become British Library Members”.On the grounds that the “richness and density” of the Library’s exhibits mean that “they benefit from repeated viewing”, he noted: Advertisement  376 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 British Library introduces membership scheme Howard Lake | 3 November 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16  375 total views,  1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: library Membership “From the start it was clear that free access to our paid exhibitions would be a key benefit.”Membership and its benefitsBritish Library membership costs £80 a year by Direct Debit or £87 by credit or debit card. Member benefits include:Free entry for the member and a guest to British Library exhibitionsAccess for the member and a guest to the daytime Members’ RoomEntry for the member and three friends to the Knowledge Centre Bar, with food and drink every weeknightFour free event tickets each yearPriority booking and discount for selected events20% off in our public restaurants, cafés and shopsGift membership is also available.The spaces available to members were specifically refurbished for the exclusive use of members.The Library is also increasing the number of events it is running and which members can attend with their four free tickets and priority booking opportunity. Upcoming speakers include Alan Moore, Derren Brown, Ali Smith and Michael Morpurgo.Blogging on the British Library’s site, MacFadyen makes it clear that “Membership is separate from access to our Reading Rooms, which is available to anyone holding a British Library Reader Pass and which remains free”. He is confident, however, that many of the Library’s users will choose to sign up as members to show their support and gain from the benefits.last_img read more

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Dell Precision 3240 Compact: An Ultra-Small But Powerful Workstation For All

first_img“Many of our resellers are reporting interest in high-powered systems with a small footprint. We’re seeing this even more as customers explore the provision of remote working opportunities or carefully spaced office layouts,” explains James Baulch, Dell Business Development Manager, PC Systems, Tech Data.  “Many customers in the industrial design and creative industries have been seeking to provide employees with access to small device with high graphics performance at home, so this could be a great solution, especially as it could be easily paired with existing displays and peripherals. The cost, size and specs are impressive – it seems small enough to ship out easily, but also powerful enough to run programs like Adobe Creative Cloud.”All this performance is packed into an ultra-small form factor with flexible mounting options, such as behind the monitor or the underside of the desktop, making it ideal for tight workspaces. Optional WiFi capabilities and a range of accessible ports, including front access USB 3.2, keep you connected to everything you need, while protective dust and cable covers make it great for space-constrained and challenging operating conditions often found in edge computing environments.The Dell Precision 3240 Compact is available now, globally, starting at $599 USD. For more information, click here. With some planning to return to the office over the coming months, many businesses and institutions are looking to reshape office layouts, striking a delicate balance that promotes both worker safety and productivity. Open office space will be a commodity, and those who continue to work remotely may also be seeking smaller devices that can be tucked away easily. Against this backdrop, today Dell introduced a new ultra-small form factor (USFF) workstation, the Dell Precision 3240 Compact.Small yet powerful, this system may only have the footprint of that hardback novel you were planning to read over the summer, but still delivers the power and performance to drive enterprise applications and up to seven 4k (60Hz) displays. It also provides the ability to run VR and AI simulations. The minimum footprint and affordable price of the Precision 3240 Compact is perfect for a wide range of users who seek to maximize space while maintaining power and performance in any setting – whether in a commercial studio, a university lab or even a home office.VR-Ready Workhorse with Space-Saving DesignDespite weighing less than 5lbs, the Dell Precision 3240 Compact is a powerful ISV-certified workstation and will be ready for VR, AR and AI, with an NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ 3000 professional graphics option available from October.Intensive computer tasks are easily handled thanks to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ or Xeon® processors and accelerated memory speeds of up to 2933MHz with capacities to expand up to 64GB (ECC memory is optional). And don’t worry about running out of storage for your projects as the Precision 3240 offers up to 4TB HDD/SDD (RAID optional). As with all Dell workstations, it also features Dell Optimizer for Precision, the only AI-based optimization software in the industry that automatically tunes your workstation performance using machine learning. The accessible price makes this a great, timely solution for students and teachers in graphic intensive fields engaging in self-directed and distant learning. Customers will also appreciate the versatility, performance and reliability of the Dell Precision 3240 Compact.Example customer use cases and workloads include:Engineers, designers and architects who require scalable machines for demanding workloads for creating intricate simulations and 2D/3D modeling on lightly threaded applicationsCreators rendering high-resolution graphics, editing high-resolution video or developing 3D animation for games, TV programs and AR/VR simulationsScientists and researchers working with large-scale simulations and complicated analysisFinancial analysts and traders iterating complex financial models and running multi-screen trading floors with computational analysisDoctors and healthcare providers who are running VR training, surgery planning or simulation content creation utilizing AR/VR headsetsRetail store and restaurant workers where digital signage is key in communicating graphics to multiple screens; security personnel may also use the device to power closed circuit TV (CCTV) operationsArtists and technicians in museums, galleries and educational spaces exhibiting VR/AR content or art to multiple platformslast_img read more

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