On March 8-9, 2011, the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Institutional Council met at Smithsonian Institution Libraries in Washington, DC.
On March 25 Martin Kalfatovic met with Maria Van der Spuy-Groenewald, Digitization Coordinator, Department of Library Services, University of Pretoria (South Africa). Ms. Van der Spuy-Groenewald visited the United States under the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Four years after the initial design process began, the National Museum of Natural History Library showed off its new home to over 170 guests. Folks poured in to see the new space and attend the ribbon cutting ceremony.
I want you to think in terms of the functioning and changing ecology in which you will be operating, the set of relationships between individuals, institutions, money flows, information flows, projects, programs and effectors. I will start with some considerations of this way of considering your world and then briefly illustrate it with some specifics derived from my experience with the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
You are or will be hustling for jobs. Libraries are under tight budgets for the foreseeable future. How are you going to ride the rapids? It is likely your current jobs will not exist in 20 years and that the institutions that house your current jobs will be radically different.
It is no secret that the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) project has grown on a global scale, with BHL projects springing up in Europe, China, Australia, Brazil, and Egypt. Many of our new partners rely of the experience of BHL-U.S., as the original BHL project has come to be known, for insight and suggestions.
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 »
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