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What Happened to the National Zoological Park Library, or How a New Model of Librarianship Came to the Smithsonian Libraries

The end of an era has come to the Smithsonian Libraries and a new one begins!  The current model of a library, with a physical location, books and journals on the shelves and a librarian to manage it all is so 2011.  A hip, new model of a ‘ librarian-as-reference-resource-person-embedded-in-research-department’ has come for the National Zoological Park/Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in 2012!

A Day at a Convivium

Conviviium Keynote Session
Keynote Session

One of the truly wonderful “perks” of working at the Smithsonian Institution is being able to participate in presentations of current research.  Recently I was lucky enough to attend a daylong Science Convivium at the Front Royal, Virginia headquarters of the National Zoological Park’s science arm, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI).  What’s a convivium, you ask?  Briefly, according to Webster’s Third New International Dictionary a convivium is a convivial gathering.   Hmmm, alright.  And if you’re being convivial you’re “relating to, or occupied with feasting, drinking, and good company”.  Well, there was definitely good company, a nice lunch and a wine and cheese social hour in the afternoon!