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Newman University College and Library of Birmingham announce knowledge partnership

The Library of Birmingham have announced their first partnership agreement with a Higher Education institution. The innovative new arrangement with Birmingham's Newman University College will provide opportunities for collaborative learning, joint programming and sharing of resources between the two organisations.

The partnership is part of a strategic plan to link the Library of Birmingham with organisations across a range of sectors and industries, including local businesses, schools, museums, music venues and community centres. The wide range of partnerships will position the Library of Birmingham, which is being developed by Birmingham City Council, as a key promoter of the city and the local area.

The partnership between Newman University College and the Library of Birmingham will:

* Provide a varied programme of events and activities to students and the wider community

* Promote collaborative working between departments at the two organisations

* Enable digital resource development

* Allow students and library users to access each other's resources

Working with Newman University College will strengthen the Library of Birmingham's literary programme, through collaboration on author events and reading groups. The new Library will also allow the college to showcase its student success stories to people across the city.

Councillor Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "We are pleased to announce this new agreement with Newman University College. Collaborating closely with the College will open up both organisations to major new audiences and opportunities. This partnership is an exciting step forward in the development of the Library of Birmingham and we look forward to seeing the agreement progress".

Professor Peter Lutzeier, Principal at Newman University College, added: "This partnership creates many opportunities for the enquiring minds of our students and staff, and enables Newman University College to continue to play an important role in the intellectual and cultural development of our great city".

PRESS RELEASE: Monday 26 September 2011

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