The Spring 2017 issue of our regular newsletter features a fascinating and in-depth interview with CEO of CILIP, Nick Poole. There is also a four-page feature on The National Library of Australia and the State Libraries of New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria which covers material as diverse as Don Bradman’s cricket bats and Ned Kelly’s armour as well as an exploration of the links between libraries and Gardens. We also visit the RNIB Library in Peterborough to get a behind the scenes look at its operation and see how BDS has helped the Library with a cataloguing conundrum. As well as our regular news, Simon Skinner discovers an essential tool available for all public libraries in Access to Research that opens the world of academic research to the general public. There are also features on the library catalogue and how BDS creates a catalogue record, Big Data, poet John Hegley and the educational benefits offered by SAM, BDS’s European research project.