Biodiversity Heritage Library Awarded a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate

The International Data Group’s Computerworld Honors Program announced the Biodiversity Heritage Library as a 2013 Laureate on March 19. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

Finding Current Research Using Free Online Resources

Even the most experienced scholars can find it difficult to keep up with new research in their fields. So much is being published in journals and online every day that it can be overwhelming. So I’ve put together a list of websites to help you wade through the rising tide of research. These resources are available free to anyone via the Internet and offer useful tools for discovering new research in a wide variety of subject areas.

National Air & Space Museum Library Honors Lafayette Escadrille

A few months ago, a ceremony announced the Libraries’ electronic edition of the Escadrille N.124 Journal de Marche et Operations (i.e., the “combat logs”) of the legendary squadron of American aviators who served in the French Air Force  during World War I, known more affectionately as the Lafayette Escadrille. 

A Timely Invitation

This post was contributed by Rita O’Hara, library technician at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery Library. Rejoining the staff at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden library in mid-January provided synchronistic help to a British PhD Student’s research.  Who would have guessed that my quest to settle in to my new desk at the library would lead to the discovery of an item of intrigue? 

Women in Aviation

This post was contributed by Chris Cottrill, Head Librarian, National Air and Space Museum Library. The first years of early 20th century aviation were a time of rapid technological change in aircraft design and experimental flights.  They were also years of opportunity for some women, to test the rules of polite society by learning to go aloft in these new “flying machines.”  Aviation journals of the day noted that women were interested in aviation in Europe and North America and that some were piloting aircraft up into the sky. Examples of this interest can be seen in the pages of the magazine Aircraft (1910-1915), digitized by the Smithsonian Libraries.

Come learn with us!

This year we are excited to offer five projects in our General Summer Internship Program! Each are unique learning experiences but all benefit from professional mentorship from Smithsonian Libraries staff, as well as internship programming opportunities and events from the Libraries and the Smithsonian Institution.

Riding a Streetcar

Imagine commuting to work on a streetcar like this one! Its open design made it easy to quickly load and off-load passengers, but the disadvantages were quickly felt during rainy weather. This trade catalog by J. G. Brill Co. describes how the patented round corner seat-end panel made open streetcars more pleasant to ride, even on rainy days.

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