Quiz Time in Northern Ireland’s Libraries
London, 3 October 2011
- Library users in Northern Ireland will have a chance to win some early Christmas presents this December, by entering a new online competition.
- The Encyclopædia Britannica and Libraries NI Quiz will challenge library users of all ages on their knowledge of all things Northern Irish with an online interactive quiz available via the Libraries NI website www.librariesni.org.uk.
- Participants will have the chance to win an exciting range of prizes, including an iPod Nano, iPod Touch or a Kindle 3G reader. Entrants can log onto the Encyclopaedia Britannica section of the Libraries NI website either in the library or from home between 1st – 10th December.
- The quiz is separated into three different age categories – 5 to 11, 12 to 18 and 18+ – and one winning entry will be selected from each category.
- Library users of all ages in Northern Ireland can currently benefit from free unlimited access to Britannica Online Library Edition and other resources at their local library or remotely via their library membership card.
- Joan Thompson, Information Services Manager, Libraries NI said: “Britannica Online is a key part of our Online Library from which library members can access a wide range of world renowned reference resources 24 hours a day. Britannica Online provides reliable homework help and project research material with separate pages for children and adults tailored to each age group. It offers multiple resources from one location - encyclopedia articles, news, biographies and links to the webs best sites. It is media rich with thousands of graphics, videos, audio clips, interactive games and quizzes which make it an exciting resource to use.”
- Diane Finn, UK Libraries Manager from Encyclopædia Britannica said: “We’re delighted to be working with Libraries NI to encourage and inspire library users throughout Northern Ireland with this exciting quiz.”
- “Libraries are invaluable resources to local communities and we hope that this competition will encourage people of all ages to re-discover the vast wealth of resources that their local library can offer.”
- For more information, ask at your local library or go to the Libraries NI website www.librariesni.org.uk
Notes to editors:
- About Encyclopædia Britannica:
Britannica was founded in Edinburgh in 1768 at the height of the period of European history known as the “Enlightenment”. Its aim was to publish clear, current and correct information, based on a scientific approach to knowledge.
- It is the most comprehensive and oldest continuously published reference work in the English language and is revered worldwide for its editorial integrity. Britannica strives to help its users become confident global citizens, by delivering expert and up-to-date knowledge and being global leaders in providing a source for life-long learning.
- Encyclopædia Britannica (UK) Ltd is a subsidiary of Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. who are leading providers of learning and knowledge products. Britannica is proud to be one of the world's most trusted sources of information.
- In 2011 Encyclopædia Britannica was named as one of the UK’s most respected brands in the annual Consumer Superbrand Survey. Britannica was one of only eight media reference companies to make the top 500 brands in the UK and was the only one to be listed in the top 50.
- About Britannica Online & Mobile:
Today Encyclopædia Britannica has a larger and more diverse line of online and mobile products than ever before. Our outlook is shaped by our tradition of excellence and an understanding of what knowledge seekers need in the digital age.
- Britannica's most comprehensive online product is Britannica Online Academic Edition, which delivers relevant, web-based content for further and higher education. It is continuously updated, revised and developed with new articles, allowing its users to research confidently with expert information and a host of research tools designed to support advanced study.
- Beyond the Online Academic Edition, Britannica continues to develop an extensive range of online products aimed at all levels of the curriculum.
- In 2002 Britannica introduced Britannica Online School Edition, a comprehensive reference and education service specially designed for primary and secondary schools. It has undergone several significant upgrades in the years since. Aspects of the product are available on the Guardian’s Teacher Resources site
- In 2006 Britannica introduced Britannica Online Public Library Edition, delivering three products in one, including separate home pages for adults, students, and children. The product allows libraries to tailor the product to their patrons' needs.
- In 2011 Britannica launched six titles in a series of educational mobile applications for children. The Ancient Romans, Ancient Egypt, Solar System, Volcanoes, Rainforests and Dinosaurs apps will be followed by a further 60 project-based programmes later in the year.
- Image Quest was launched in January 2011 to provide one million digital images to universities, colleges and schools. Fully rights-cleared for educational use, Image Quest brings together collections from the National Geographic, Getty Images, and Oxford Scientific and many others, into an easy-to-use online portal.
- For further information about Britannica and its products, please visit: www.britannica.co.uk
Follow Britannica on Twitter: @Britannica_UK
Britannica Flickr Feed: www.flickr.com/photos/britannica_image_quest/
- About Libraries NI
Libraries NI is public library service for Northern Ireland. It came into being on 1 April 2009 as part of the Review of Public Administration. Its services are regionally planned and locally delivered and focus on: support for learning and learners; access to information; cultural and creative development; heritage and digitisation; and reading. Further information available from Irene Knox, Chief Executive, Libraries NI, The Sidings Office Park, Antrim Road, Lisburn, BT28 3RG.
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CONTACT:Encyclopædia Britannica (UK) Ltd
For further information, please contact:
DDI: +44 (0)20 7500 7805
Fax: +44 (0)20 7500 7878
All Libraries NI
Media enquires should be addressed to:
Lucy Finney, Libraries NI,
Ballymena Regional Admin Centre,
25-31 Demesne Avenue,
Ballymena, BT43 7BG.
Tel: 028 2566 4105,