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Month: August 2012

Digitization Dispatch: Downloads and Usage

As you may already know, in addition to viewing pages from the online¬†“flippy book”, or BookReader, the Internet Archive (our digitization partner and the SHAC collection’s current point of access) provides versions of digitized items in a variety of file formats so that the general public can download items for use offline or on mobile devices. And while we don’t actively retain granular usage statistics from IA, we get some idea of a title’s general popularity via the download numbers displayed on each item. So, while stopping short of providing objective data about the use of SHAC materials, these stats provide a glimpse into the active lives of the digitized collection.¬† Without further ado, I present the 5 most popular titles from the Smithsonian History, Art, and Culture digital collection:

Welcome Tina Morrison!

Tina Morrison is the new Advancement Associate for the Smithsonian Libraries. She earned her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Communications with a minor in Folklife and Anthropology.Tina recently moved from Philadelphia, where she worked for the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Planned Giving and Gifts of Works of Art. She enjoys running, reading, traveling, and scrapbooking, and as an outdoor enthusiast, she looks forward to exploring the trails of nearby Rock Creek Park.

Wikimania 2012 & BHL

Wikipedia and BHL LogosOn July 10-14, 2012, Smithsonian Libraries staff members JJ Ford, Gilbert Borrego and Grace Costantino attended the 8th Annual Wikimania Conference in Washington, D.C. to explore possible collaborations between Wikipedia and the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), of which the Smithsonian Libraries is a founding member, is an open access, global digital library initiative dedicated to digitizing the biodiversity-related materials held in the collections of BHL consortium member libraries.