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Research

Scholarly Communication
During the 1980s, Monica Blake carried out a number of studies for the Primary Communications Research Centre and the Office for Humanities Communication (British Library funded research centres at the University of Leicester). Research topics included:

She revisited the field of electronic (or digital) archiving with two studies for the British National Bibliography Research Fund: “Practices of printers in relation to electronic archiving” and “Archiving of electronic publications”. Later (1996) she worked with David Haynes Associates on the project “Responsibility for digital archiving”, funded by the British Library Research and Innovation Centre.

Information in Society
Monica Blake has a keen interest in the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on society. Her research in this area has included several projects on teleworking – looking at the effect developments in computing and telecommunications have had on the way people work, creating fresh opportunities while posing new dilemmas. This research was funded by the British Library Research and Development Department. Projects included: In recent years, there has been concern about the digital divide, the gap between the information rich and information poor, exacerbated by ICTs. Focusing on a group of potential information “have-nots” (older people), Monica Blake addressed this issue in a study entitled “The Internet and older people”, commissioned by The British Library Research and Innovation Centre.

Library Buildings
Monica Blake is currently working on a study of library buildings in the London Borough of Hackney. Part of this work is a contribution to a project initiated by the Library History and Information Group of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.