This post was written by Adriana Marroquin, intern in the Botany-Horticulture Library as well as the Biodiversity Heritage Library. I’ve been an intern at the Smithsonian Botany-Horticulture library since February and am a little over halfway done with my time here. A Maryland native, I hold a Bachelors of Fine Arts in writing, literature and publishing from Emerson College, and recently earned an Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland. more »
The Biodiversity Heritage Library received the Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) on May 9. It is the highest honor bestowed by CBHL and was founded to honor outstanding contribution and meritorious service to the CBHL or in the field of botanical and horticultural libraries or literature.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) has welcomed a new member: the Library of Congress. The fifteenth partner of the BHL, the Library of Congress will contribute to the digitization of historical science literature in the collection. All material will be online, free and available to the public.
On June 10-15, 2012, Dr. Nancy Gwinn (Smithsonian Libraries Director and Biodiversity Heritage Library Executive Committee Chair),Martin Kalfatovic (Assistant Director, Digital Services Division, Smithsonian Libraries and BHL Program Director), and Grace Costantino (BHL Program Manager), along with several other BHL colleagues from across the US, traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to attend a series of meetings aimed at creating a BHL for sub-Saharan Africa.
In November, Keri Thompson and Martin Kalfatovic attended technical meetings related to the Biodiversity Heritage Library China node. Thompson and Kalfatovic accompanied BHL Technical Director, Chris Freeland (Missouri Botanical Garden) to the Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing) for three days of meetings that covered scanning workflow, operation of the Internet Archive Scribe machine, technical standards for ingesting BHL-China materials into the BHL portal site, and replicating BHL data on IB/CAS servers. BHL China program director Dr. Jinzhong Cui led the meetings. Also attending from BHL China were Fenghong Liu (project coordinator and Director of the Institute of Botany Library), Zheping Xu (technical director), and Shao Qing representing the Institute of Botany. Additional presentations from the Institute of Botany staff included Chen Bin discussing the building the Chinese Field Herbarium, Li Min, project director for the Plant Photo Bank of China (PPBC), and a detailed presentation on the data storage systems in place at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The group also received a tour of the Institute of Botany Library, source of materials for the initial more »