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Building the Digital Smithsonian Libraries

As you may already know, the Libraries has been busy digitizing scientific legacy literature as part of the global partnership that makes up the Biodiversity Heritage Library for some time now — the BHL recently published its 90,500th volume! But as you may not have yet noticed, the Libraries has also begun scanning select titles from our History, Art, and Culture collections as well.

BHL Institutional Council Annual Meeting

On March 8-9, 2011, the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Institutional Council met at Smithsonian Institution Libraries in Washington, DC.

An International Visitor

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.

NMNH Library Grand (Re)Opening

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.

Advice to New Librarians, Part 2

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.

Advice to New Librarians

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.

BHL-E London meeting

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.

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