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.
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!).
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.
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!
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.
It's a chilly February day here in Washington, D.C., but our thoughts have jumped ahead to sunny Anaheim in June. That's the location and date (June 21-26, to be exact) of the American Library Association's Annual Conference. Smithsonian Libraries will be a new exhibitor this year, co-hosting a space with the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. ALA Annual, which attracts up to 20,000 attendees and exhibitors, is the world's largest event for the library community. We are very excited to have the opportunity to meet fellow librarians and publishing professionals from across the country, as well as around the world, and to discuss our tools and resources. Registration for attendees is open now. Will you be there? If so, is there anything in particular you would like to see from SIL or SISP? We're looking forward to seeing you!
As an art librarian, I was expecting to feel a little like a fish out of water at the Biodiversity Heritage Library’s (BHL) Life and Literature conference held at the Field Museum in Chicago. However, the intrinsic relationship between Art and Science was a recurring theme explored by over 120 attendees from across the globe who gathered to focus on the future of BHL. Naturgeschichte in Bildern : mit erläuterndem Text / Von Professor Dr. Strack. Lief. 4. (Heft 33-56). Fische.Düsseldorf :Arnz & Co.,[1819-1826]biodiversitylibrary.org/item/37422 Having scanned over 35 million pages (and counting) of scientific texts documenting life on earth, BHL is transforming how scientists do research. Within these millions of pages are thousands of illustrations, which served as scientific documentation before the invention of photography. Paging through these texts, it becomes clear that Art and Science have been inseparable from the beginning, each informing the other as they developed. Serving as evidence, we find many rare botanical and zoological texts in art libraries, collected for artists and designers who look more »