Harrison Dyar: Personal meets Professional

Erin Rushing : May 20, 2016 9:00 am : Biodiversity Heritage Library, Collection Highlights, Education and Outreach, Events, Natural and Physical Sciences, Research

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Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., third from right, with Entomology staff of the U.S. National Museum in 1905. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives.

From May 13-20th, the Smithsonian Libraries is participating in the #DigIntoDyar campaign – encouraging the public to transcribe the field books of this remarkable entomologist in the Smithsonian Transcription Center and to learn more about his life and work. This post was written by Marc Epstein, Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History and author of Moths, Myths and Mosquitos:The Eccentric Life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.. You can read Marc’s first post about Dyar here and second here.

Harrison Dyar’s scientific legacy has been overshadowed because he dug extensive underground labyrinths and because of his known bigamy (both explored in-depth in this Washington Post series).  His family wealth allowed him to either work gratis or for a pittance at the Smithsonian from 1897-1929. more »

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Harrison Dyar: Lepidoptera and Blue Books

Erin Rushing : May 16, 2016 9:00 am : Biodiversity Heritage Library, Education and Outreach, Events, Natural and Physical Sciences, Research

figure 5From May 13-20th, the Smithsonian Libraries is participating in the #DigIntoDyar campaign – encouraging the public to transcribe the field books of this remarkable entomologist in the Smithsonian Transcription Center and to learn more about his life and work. This post was written by Marc Epstein, Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History and author of Moths, Myths and Mosquitos:The Eccentric Life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.. On May 17th, you can learn more about Harrison Dyar with our Google Hangout with Marc or in person during his Smithsonian Associates lecture.

 

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#DigIntoDyar: Discover the secrets of Harrison Dyar

Erin Rushing : May 13, 2016 10:00 am : Biodiversity Heritage Library, Education and Outreach, Events, History and Culture, Natural and Physical Sciences

Important entomological work.  The Bahá’í faith. Secret tunnels under Washington, DC. What do all of these elements have in common? Curiously, Smithsonian scientist Harrison Gray Dyar, Jr.. more »

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The Biodiversity Heritage Library celebrates 10 years!

Grace Costantino : April 11, 2016 9:00 am : Biodiversity Heritage Library, Digitization, Events, Natural and Physical Sciences, Research, Special Collections

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL, www.biodiversitylibrary.org)!

 

Since 2006, the Biodiversity Heritage Library has transformed the way scientists, researchers, and librarians around the world access knowledge about and study life on Earth. In order to document Earth’s species and understand the complexities of swiftly-changing ecosystems in the midst of a major extinction crisis and widespread climate change, scientists need something that no single library can provide – access to the world’s collective knowledge about biodiversity. Beyond the scientific realm, such information also allows scholars to answer complex research questions related to human exploration, culture, and the history of science. Through a worldwide partnership of natural history and botanical libraries, BHL has become the largest open access digital library for biodiversity literature, allowing everyone, everywhere to freely access library collections from across global and empowering research like never before.

We’re celebrating our anniversary with our #BHLat10 campaign this week, 11-15 April 2016. The campaign highlights BHL’s impact on the global science community; our history, growth, and Member and Affiliate contributions; and collections that highlight our 10th anniversary theme. Content will be published through our blog, Twitter, and Facebook. We also have a Flickr collection made up of the most-viewed albums from our Members and Affiliates. Finally, check out the most-downloaded books from each of our Members and Affiliates in our BHL book collection. Learn more about our campaign here: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/collection/BHLat10

We’ll also have programming throughout the week that celebrates our 10th anniversary and highlights our #BHLat10 themes. Check out our full list of programs below:

 

From Shelf to Screen

In the past 10 years, BHL’s collections have grown to over 48 million pages! Find out how a book goes from a library’s shelves to BHL by going behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian Libraries’ digitization lab!

When? 10am EST/3pm BST, 11 April 2016

Where?www.periscope.tv/biodivlibrary

 

BHL Day at the Natural History Museum, London

A programme highlighting BHL’s impact on the global science community and featuring speakers from biodiversity-related disciplines.

When? 1-6pm BST, 12 April 2016

Where? Follow #BHLDay to join the live tweeting of this event.

 

Let’s Talk Impact: An Interview with Rod Page at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Join us for a live interview at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, with Martin R. Kalfatovic (@UDCMRK), BHL Program Director, and Rod Page (@rdmpage), creator of BioStor (@biostor_org), for a discussion about BHL’s impact on science and possibilities for the future.

When? 11am EST/4pm BST, 13 April 2016

Where? Google Hangouts: http://bit.do/BHLLetsTalkImpact

 

Behind the Scenes at Tring

BHL’s partner libraries are full of amazing treasures. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at selections from the Ornithology and Rothschild Libraries’ incredible collections at the Natural History Museum at Tring.

When? 6:10am EST/11:10am BST, 15 April 2016

Where? www.periscope.tv/biodivlibrary

 

It’s a great week to celebrate our 10th anniversary because it’s also the American Library Association’s National Library Week. This year’s NLW theme is #LibrariesTransform. BHL has been transforming scientific research for 10 years, helping scientists identify, describe, and save Earth’s biodiversity. Explore interviews with actual users to see how BHL supports science and education (and even humanities research in history and art!). Visit our website to learn more about the tools, services, and citizen science initiatives that BHL provides and supports to help further transform biodiversity research around the world.

 

 

To help ensure that BHL continues to transform biodiversity research for decades to come, we’ve launched a CafePress store with products celebrating our 10th anniversary and featuring images from our collection. We’ve launched the store with a small selection of images from BHL, but we’ll be expanding this selection in the future as we continue to develop our store. 100% of the proceeds that BHL receives from the sale of these products will be used to digitize more books for BHL. Check out the store today!

 

 

And if merchandise isn’t your thing, but you want to help support BHL’s future, consider making a tax-deductible gift to help us continue to support science and research around the world.

Happy Birthday, BHL!

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“Explore the Four” for Museum Day Live! 2016

Erin Rushing : March 8, 2016 9:00 am : Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions

Join the Smithsonian Libraries and the wider Smithsonian community as we explore careers in museums, libraries and research through Museum Day Live! 2016. Special events and opportunities will be held throughout the Smithsonian on March 12, 2016, as well as nation-wide through participating institutions. According to the Museum Day Live! website, “held during Women’s History Month, this “special edition” of  “Museum Day Live!” will encourage all people, and particularly women and girls of color, to explore their nation’s museums, cultural institutions, zoos, aquariums, parks and libraries—which will offer free admission for the day.” more »

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Join us for “Indoor Recess”!

Liz O'Brien : March 4, 2016 9:00 am : Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions, Food and Drink

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Participants get crafty with “Indoor Recess”.

On February 5th, the Smithsonian Libraries presented its first Indoor Recess, a creative lunchtime getaway geared toward museum professionals and educators. Led by Sara Cardello, the Libraries’ education specialist, the monthly Recess events seek to fuse libraries and art. Participants are invited to bring their lunch, listen to a fun story by a museum professional, and make a themed craft. The next Indoor Recess is happening today at noon!

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Georges Méliès and his Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination

Doug Dunlop : February 29, 2016 9:00 am : Events, Exhibitions

Georges Méliès as the magician in The Vanishing Lady (Star Film, 1896)

Georges Méliès as the magician in Escamotage d’une dame chez Robert-Houdin (The Conjuring of a Woman at the House of Robert-Houdin, Star Film, 1896) (link here) .

Born in 1861 in Paris, Georges Méliès started his artistic endeavors as a child. By the age of ten,  he was building his own stage sets for marionette shows and drawing caricatures of his teachers. Méliès continued his artistic and theatrical pursuits, including studying magic, despite his father wanting him to work solely in the family shoe business. In time, the family business was successful enough that Méliès was able to buy his own Paris theater: Théâtre Robert-Houdin.

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Museum Day Live: Exploring Careers in Libraries and Preservation

John M. Keeling : February 24, 2016 9:00 am : Collection Highlights, Education and Outreach, Events, The Fix (Preservation)

In anticipation of Smithsonian Libraries’ participation in this year’s Museum Day Live events on Saturday March 12th, we wanted to highlight Library Preservation work at the Book Conservation Lab here at Smithsonian Libraries, and draw attention to the varied interests and skills that are inherent to Preservation work and are important and driving forces in preserving library collections for the future. more »

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Upcoming events in March

Erin Rushing : February 19, 2016 9:00 am : Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions

Mark your calendars! The Smithsonian Libraries invites you join us for two free events in March related to our current exhibitions:

 

Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination
Georges Méliès Film Screening and Lecture by Matthew Solomon

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 at 5:30pm
Warner Bros Theater
National Museum of American History
12th St and Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC

RSVP by clicking here

Georges Méliès was one of the most prolific early filmmakers. He and his collaborators produced more than 520 short films in France between 1896 and 1913. In this presentation, Matthew Solomon (University of Michigan) will discuss Méliès’ extraordinary career as a magician, caricaturist, and filmmaker, while considering his relationship to the nineteenth-century tradition of science fiction and the Incoherent art movement. The presentation will include screenings of two of Méliès’ fantastic voyage films, A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) and AN IMPOSSIBLE VOYAGE (1904).

Some of Méliès’ forays into science fiction film, including the famous Le Voyage Dans La Lune from 1902, are highlighted in the Smithsonian Libraries’ exhibition Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910.

Matthew Solomon, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan, where he teaches film history and theory. He is the author of Disappearing Tricks: Silent Film, Houdini, and the New Magic of the Twentieth Century, winner of the Kraszna-Krausz award for best moving image book in 2011, and of the BFI Film Classics monograph The Gold Rush, published in 2015. He is the editor of Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination: Georges Méliès’s Trip to the Moon, the 2011 book for which he also produced an accompanying critical edition DVD.

 

For access services please contact SILRSVP@si.edu or 202.633.2241, preferably 2 weeks prior to the program.
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#ColorOurCollections Coloring Event

Erin Rushing : January 29, 2016 9:00 am : Art and Design, Collection Highlights, Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions

Color in a New Light coloring pages_Page_1From Feburary 1-5, 2016 the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) is encouraging cultural institutions and crayon enthusiasts to join together for #ColorOurCollections. Institutions such as NYAM, the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Smithsonian Libraries will provide inspiration and coloring sheets for artists of all ages to fill in. Colorers can share their creations on social media by tagging the organization and using the hashtag #ColorOurCollections.

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