Mammals Library roars back to life

November 22, 2013

This post was written by Dave Opkins, Smithsonian Libraries’ Administrative Projects Specialist. In a remote corner on the third floor of the National Museum of Natural History lies the Mammals Library.  This medium-sized room houses roughly 10,000 volumes on mammalian subjects such as systematics, distribution, evolution, morphology, ecology, and evolution.  There are also a number of related study aids such as dictionaries, atlases, and other resources.  This impressive collection exists for the more »

The Scariest Book in Our Collection?

October 31, 2013

  From the outside “A Samoan Dictionary” looks fairly innocuous, but inside lies horror that would strike fear in the heart of any conservator (or book lover). The cover looks like an after thought – a simple piece of vellum with a handwritten title. Upon closer inspection it is evident that the cover is a recycled piece of vellum.  The faint images of rows of typed numbers are visible to the naked eye.  more »

Great Moon Hoax Continues: Lunarians Discovered

August 29, 2013

The Great Moon Hoax continues. During the following days, Herschel’s new found discoveries were astonishing New Yorkers as the story spread like wild fire and was starting to find an audience beyond New York City itself including a number of scientist some of whom bought into the story, while others were fascinated but not so easily convinced. As a matter of fact, several scientists from Yale traveled to New York City in search more »

The Moon Hoax of 1835: Great Astronomical Discoveries

August 28, 2013

During this week in 1835, an incredible story broke in the Sun Newspaper, New York City, which reported that the famed astronomer Sir John Herschel had made Great Astronomical Discoveries. While cataloging and mapping nebulae in the night sky at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, Herschel trained his reportedly hyper powerful telescope on the Moon. The specifics of the telescope was covered in the first day’s article. 

Description of adorable new mammal in Smithsonian Research Online!

August 21, 2013

In case you missed the news last week, a Smithsonian scientist has identified a new mammal species, one that is particularly fuzzy and cute. Meet the olinguito! We are pleased to tell you that the paper describing the species, first published in the open access journal ZooKeys, can be found in the Libraries’ Digital Repository .

Diffusion of Knowledge Extends to Some Very Young Patrons

July 19, 2013

This post was written by Dave Opkins, Administrative Projects Specialist. On Monday, June 24, 2013, our Anthropology  librarian, Maggie Dittemore hosted the Wallaby class (a group of three and four year olds) and their teachers from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC).  My daughter is one of the students in the class, and I had the job of escorting the class to the library via the Anthropology Department’s maze of hallways, cases, more »

Summer Reading with the Smithsonian Libraries

July 10, 2013

On July 2nd, the Smithsonian held its Annual Staff Picnic. Featured in one of the discussion tents was a group of our very own Smithsonian Libraries staff giving suggestions for summer reading, either books related to their work, from their collections or their own personal interests. Here are their picks!

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