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This piece was written by Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries, for our summer 2015 printed newsletter magazine. To obtain a copy of our printed newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smithsonian Libraries has an updated look, as you may have noticed. Recently, we simplified our name, dropping the word “Institution” for simplicity’s sake and because people always say “institute” instead. So we are now Smithsonian Libraries. And we’ve rolled out our new brand, the colored dots that will grace all of our products, fondly known as “chromazones,” a play on “chromosome,” with “chroma” meaning color in Greek and “zones” describing areas of our collections; green is Natural & Physical Sciences, purple is Special Collections (rare books & manuscripts), orange is Art & Design, and blue is History & Culture. You’ll find these on our website, our mobile apps, our brochures, our name badges, and anywhere else we can think to put them.
On May 20 in London, Graham Higley accepted the 2011 John Thackray Medal of the Society for the History of Natural History on behalf of Tom Garnett, Program Director of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL).
There is probably no better place to be during the holidays than the White House. I was privileged to attend the ceremony for the 2010 Winners of the IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) National Medal. First Lady Michelle Obama elegantly presented each award in the East Room.
I was privileged recently to represent the Smithsonian Institution at an organizational meeting of the new National Digital Stewardship Alliance, which is a follow-on group to the Library of Congress’s NDIIP (National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program).
Director Nancy E. Gwinn and Associate Director and Mary Augusta Thomas traveled to Panama at the end of November, where they had very useful meetings with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Library and research staff.
I’m writing from the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Gothenburg Sweden. It’s Saturday, Aug. 14, with only one more day to go.