New Paid Internships for Summer 2019

The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to announce two paid internship programs for Summer of 2019. One is specifically for Computer Science undergraduate students enrolled at an HBCU (Kathryn Turner Diversity and Technology Internship); the other is open to both graduate and undergraduate students in a variety of programs at any college or university (50th Anniversary Internship Program). Applications for both programs are due January 18th, 2019. Please see additional details below. Full more »

Spotting a First Edition of Peterson’s A Field Guide to the Birds

Should you happen to spot—say, in a yard sale, thrift store or grandparent’s house—an old copy of that classic of ornithological literature, A Field Guide to the Birds, have a close look. The first printing of the first edition of 1934 is calling for prices well over $10,000 in the antiquarian book trade. One was recently spied by keen-eyed staff in an office at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. This volume has more »

Smithsonian Scholars Named 2018 Highly Cited Researchers

Nine Smithsonian scholars are included in Clarivate Analytic’s 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list, an annual list of influential researchers across 21 fields. These Smithsonian scholars join some 4000 researchers from other institutions who appear in the top 1% of scholars in their respective disciplines, based on citations to their publications dating between 2006 and 2016. The Smithsonian Libraries tracks the research output of the Smithsonian Institution and makes it publicly available through Smithsonian Research Online and the newly launched Smithsonian Profiles.

“The Heart of the Home”: Kitchen Appliances of 1919

During the holiday season, many will be spending time with family and friends, and most likely it will be over food. As the title of this trade catalog suggests, the kitchen is an important part of any home. Imagine preparing meals on kitchen appliances such as these!

Known Item v Subject Access: or SRO v. Profiles

When I was in library school, one concept I remember being covered was the subject-based query versus the known-item query. These were used to represent two basic but very different types of library usage and required of librarians different search and related skills.

Native Fruit: The Wild Blueberry

My favorite chronicler of natural and cultural histories in early America is Englishman John Josselyn. He was a curious and good-humored observer of the 17th-century inhabitants of northern New England, both indigenous and colonists, and their ways. Josselyn was particularly interested in local, medicinal uses of plants. Of what he referred to as “bill berries,” Europe’s closest relative to the blueberries, he reported that the fruit is used “To cool the heat more »

2018 Dibner Library Lecture: Medical book collecting and scholarship

The Smithsonian Libraries invites you to the 2018 Dibner Library Lecture, featuring Dr. Bruce Fye:   Medical book collecting and scholarship: A recovering bibliomaniac shares his perspective Thursday, December 6th, 2018, 5 pm National Museum of Natural History Q?rius Theater, Ground Floor W. Bruce Fye, MD, MA Emeritus Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine Emeritus Consultant, Department of Cardiology Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota   In this talk, Dr. Fye will discuss more »

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