“Once There Were Billions” opening June 24th

June 4, 2014

The Smithsonian Libraries invites you to: Echoes of Their Wings: The Passenger Pigeon and its Legacy The exhibition opening for “Once There Were Billions”, featuring a lecture and book signing by Joel Greenberg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction. Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 – 6:00pm Location: Baird Auditorium National Museum of Natural History 10th and Constitution Ave, NW Washington, DC 20004 FREE & OPEN more »

Spotlight: Elements of the philosophy of plants (Edinburgh, 1821)

May 7, 2014

Elements of the philosophy of plants by Augustin-Pyramus de Candolle and Kurt Sprengel is the first edition in English of a composite work by two of the most eminent botanists of the early 19th century. The first three parts on nomenclature, theory of classification, and descriptive botany are from a work by de Candolle, while the final part on the structure and nature of plants is by Sprengel. This book was recently adopted more »

Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds Washington University as New Member

April 9, 2014

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, welcomes Washington University Libraries (St. Louis, Missouri) as a new member. The 14th member of the BHL consortium, Washington University Libraries will help identify and digitize historical science literature from its collections and add these to the BHL’s online holdings, where all materials may be accessed free by the public.

Libraries Brings The Lost Bird Project to the Smithsonian

April 2, 2014

The Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens present The Lost Bird Project, an exhibit by artist Todd McGrain, March 27 through March 15, 2015. This project recognizes the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing North American birds that have been driven to extinction. It features large-scale bronze sculptures of the Carolina parakeet, the Labrador duck, the great auk, the heath hen and the passenger pigeon.

Women in Research

March 31, 2014

As part of my duties in wrangling data for Smithsonian Research Online, I worked on a project to collect and ingest the historic legacy of published scholarship produced by Smithsonian researchers since the Institution’s inception in 1846. The main focus of my participation is cleaning and preparing the data, but I find it hard to resist not paying attention to its historic significance. I’ll admit occasionally getting lost thinking about what it more »

Panama in February

February 27, 2014

This post was written by Monique Politowski, Digital Library Technician. After yesterday’s look at sleds on the blog, today we take a trip to sunny Panama! “Snow, snow, snow, snow everywhere, piled up as high as the tops of street cars.” I think we can relate to the words of the late G. Frank Lydston M.D. from p.23 of his travel book, Panama and the Sierras: A Doctor’s Wander Days.  Written over more »

Matchmaking for Endangered Species

February 14, 2014

This post was contributed by Kristen Bullard, librarian for the National Zoological Park. Have you ever wondered why Rusty the red panda was paired with the female, Shama?  Or been curious about how the black-footed ferret was saved from extinction in the wild?  If so, then this Valentines’ themed post is for you!

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