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Tom Garnett and myself, along with our colleague Chris Freeland from the Missouri Botanical Garden, traveled to São Paulo, Brazil to attend the Workshop Coleção de Obras Raras Essencial (Workshop Essential Rare Works Collection in Biodiversity).
The purpose of the workshop was to explore collaboration between the Biodiversity Heritage Library and a recently funded project to digitize biodiversity literature in Brazil. We met for three days with a group of nearly thirty librarians and technical staff from libraries throughout Brazil.
Our host for the meeting was Abel L. Packer, Director of BIREME. Also attending the meeting were Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Director of the National Biodiversity Program, Ministry of the Environment, and David C. Oren, Coordinator of Biodiversity in the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Hussam Zaher, Director of the Museu de Zoologia.
A meeting agenda and list of participants can be found online.
(pictured above, left to right, Abel Packer, Tom Garnett, Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, and Hussam Zaher)
– Martin R. Kalfatovic