On 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.
On June 10-15, 2012, Dr. Nancy Gwinn (Smithsonian Libraries Director and Biodiversity Heritage Library Executive Committee Chair),Martin Kalfatovic (Assistant Director, Digital Services Division, Smithsonian Libraries and BHL Program Director), and Grace Costantino (BHL Program Manager), along with several other BHL colleagues from across the US, traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to attend a series of meetings aimed at creating a BHL for sub-Saharan Africa.
The Digital Services Department is happy to announce our first completely ‘virtual’ intern — Cynthia Mari Orozco, who will be working with us as our Latino Publications Intern this August. Her internship, as well as the project she will be working on, is funded by the Smithsonian Latino Center through their Latino Initiatives Pool Fund.
Nancy Gwinn, Martin Kalfatovic and Suzanne Pilsk attended two meetings sponsored and hosted by the Internet Archive. Held at the facilities of the Internet Archive in San Francisco, the gatherings focused on providing content and the future of books and reading in an online, and increasingly mobile, environment.