Pop-Up-O-Philes in Philly

The Movable Book Society 10th Biennial Conference. Philadelphia, Sept 18-20, 2014   This was my very first pop-up book conference and I came away absolutely charged up, inspired and quite proud of our pop-up book collection here at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Library. I’ve been a member of the Movable Book Society for a number of years, and add the quarterly newsletter, Movable Stationery, to our serial collection, which has been fully digitized more »

Code4Lib Conference in Raleigh

Code4Lib is many things. It is an IRC Channel, a hashtag on twitter, and of course an annual conference. The group is comprised of programmers, libraries and librarians, designers, curators, and many other types of people who work to support their libraries, archives, and museums (more info on what Code4Lib is all about). The annual conference of the meeting of the minds (as I like to call it) has been happening once more »

Web Analytics and Us: A report from the LITA National Forum

In my role as web developer at the Smithsonian Libraries, I recently attended the LITA National Forum in Columbus, OH. At the conference, I participated in an 8-hour pre-conference session on website analytics and how to use them to understand and improve the usability of a website. Since this is Open Access Week, I thought a summary of this session might be interesting to share.

Smithsonian Libraries Staff Assist with Growth of the Digital Public Library of America

This post was written by Martin Kalfatovic, Associate Director, Digital Services Division, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. On October 11-12, Nancy Gwinn, Director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, and I participated in the Digital Public Library of America’s (DPLA) Midwest workstream and plenary meetings. The meetings were held in some wonderful meeting spaces at the Harold Washington Library Center of the Chicago Public Library (interesting side note: the building holds the record for largest public library space!).

Wikimania 2012 & BHL

On July 10-14, 2012, Smithsonian Libraries staff members JJ Ford, Gilbert Borrego and Grace Costantino attended the 8th Annual Wikimania Conference in Washington, D.C. to explore possible collaborations between Wikipedia and the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), of which the Smithsonian Libraries is a founding member, is an open access, global digital library initiative dedicated to digitizing the biodiversity-related materials held in the collections of BHL consortium member libraries.

See you at ALA Annual!

As we mentioned back in February, the Smithsonian Libraries will be exhibiting this year at the American Libraries Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. You can find us at booth #408, right near the entrance to the Exhibit Hall, open Friday June 22nd through Monday, June 25th. We look forward to meeting fellow librarians and publishing professionals from across the country, as well as around the world, and to discuss our tools and resources. The Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press will share our booth and we will have pens, tote bags and other goodies to give away, as well as lots of information about our internships and fellowships, digitization efforts and other library programs. Please stop by and say hello! We can’t wait to see you!

Meeting with Federal Science Librarians

I have met with several federal science library groups in recent weeks and among other things felt a great sense of relief on discovering that most of them face the same issues in managing digital content as we do at the Smithsonian Libraries.

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