September and October Events

Erin Rushing : September 6, 2016 9:00 am : Education and Outreach, Events, Food and Drink

Mark your calendars! September and October are great months for Smithsonian Libraries events! more »

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Fantastic Worlds of the Natural Philosopher

Doug Dunlop : August 24, 2016 9:00 am : Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions

Dean Howarth as Charles Willson Peale and Melinda McCalley as Mary Anning

Dean Howarth as Charles Willson Peale and Melinda McCalley as Mary Anning

The term “Natural Philosopher” was common in the early 19th century for someone who studied nature and the physical universe. It was not until the mid-19th century onward that the term scientist becoming more popular. Natural philosophers often pursued a wide variety of both scientific and artistic interests and offer a colorful glimpse into the world they inhabited.

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Color with us on National Coloring Book Day!

Erin Rushing : August 1, 2016 9:00 am : Art and Design, Collection Highlights, Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions

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Smithsonian Libraries Coloring Pages, Volume 2. Click to download.

Sharpen your colored pencils! Tomorrow, August 2nd , is National Coloring Book Day! To celebrate, we’ve put together a second set of coloring pages based on images in our collection. The booklet, which features 11 pages of pretty pictures begging to be colored, is available as a downloadable pdf file (10 MB) on our webpage here.

Shade in a few sea shells, diatom cells or fancy French fashion plates. Share your creations via social media and tag us (@SILibraries on Twitter and Instagram). We can’t wait to see what vibrant combinations you come up with.

In need of coloring inspiration? Check out Color in a New Light, our newest exhibition which just happens to be focused on the subject. Want to download our first coloring booklet? Find it here.

Special thanks to Pamella Selby, graphic design intern, for creating the lovely coverpage.

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Upcoming Events in August

Erin Rushing : July 29, 2016 9:00 am : Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions

The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to host a full roster of events in the Washington DC area in the month of August. Topics include South African artists’ books, early natural history collections and more! All are tied to our current exhibitions: Artists’ Books and Africa, Color in a New Light and Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910. Click on the links in the event titles for additional details and RSVP information. more »

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Inspiring Discovery at the 2016 BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival in Washington, D.C.

Grace Costantino : May 30, 2016 9:00 am : Biodiversity Heritage Library, Education and Outreach, Events, Natural and Physical Sciences

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and Smithsonian Libraries staff participated in BioBlitz 2016 in Washington, D.C. on 20-21 May. A BioBlitz focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. In this special edition of the BioBlitz, held in conjunction with the National Park Service’s centenary, the D.C. BioBlitz was accompanied by a two-day Biodiversity Festival on the National Mall at Constitution Gardens. The event was co-hosted by the National Park Service and National Geographic.

 

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Harrison Dyar: Personal meets Professional

Erin Rushing : May 20, 2016 9:00 am : Biodiversity Heritage Library, Collection Highlights, Education and Outreach, Events, Natural and Physical Sciences, Research

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Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., third from right, with Entomology staff of the U.S. National Museum in 1905. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives.

From May 13-20th, the Smithsonian Libraries is participating in the #DigIntoDyar campaign – encouraging the public to transcribe the field books of this remarkable entomologist in the Smithsonian Transcription Center and to learn more about his life and work. This post was written by Marc Epstein, Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History and author of Moths, Myths and Mosquitos:The Eccentric Life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.. You can read Marc’s first post about Dyar here and second here.

Harrison Dyar’s scientific legacy has been overshadowed because he dug extensive underground labyrinths and because of his known bigamy (both explored in-depth in this Washington Post series).  His family wealth allowed him to either work gratis or for a pittance at the Smithsonian from 1897-1929. more »

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Harrison Dyar: Lepidoptera and Blue Books

Erin Rushing : May 16, 2016 9:00 am : Biodiversity Heritage Library, Education and Outreach, Events, Natural and Physical Sciences, Research

figure 5From May 13-20th, the Smithsonian Libraries is participating in the #DigIntoDyar campaign – encouraging the public to transcribe the field books of this remarkable entomologist in the Smithsonian Transcription Center and to learn more about his life and work. This post was written by Marc Epstein, Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History and author of Moths, Myths and Mosquitos:The Eccentric Life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.. On May 17th, you can learn more about Harrison Dyar with our Google Hangout with Marc or in person during his Smithsonian Associates lecture.

 

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#DigIntoDyar: Discover the secrets of Harrison Dyar

Erin Rushing : May 13, 2016 10:00 am : Biodiversity Heritage Library, Education and Outreach, Events, History and Culture, Natural and Physical Sciences

Important entomological work.  The Bahá’í faith. Secret tunnels under Washington, DC. What do all of these elements have in common? Curiously, Smithsonian scientist Harrison Gray Dyar, Jr.. more »

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The Biodiversity Heritage Library celebrates 10 years!

Grace Costantino : April 11, 2016 9:00 am : Biodiversity Heritage Library, Digitization, Events, Natural and Physical Sciences, Research, Special Collections

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL, www.biodiversitylibrary.org)!

 

Since 2006, the Biodiversity Heritage Library has transformed the way scientists, researchers, and librarians around the world access knowledge about and study life on Earth. In order to document Earth’s species and understand the complexities of swiftly-changing ecosystems in the midst of a major extinction crisis and widespread climate change, scientists need something that no single library can provide – access to the world’s collective knowledge about biodiversity. Beyond the scientific realm, such information also allows scholars to answer complex research questions related to human exploration, culture, and the history of science. Through a worldwide partnership of natural history and botanical libraries, BHL has become the largest open access digital library for biodiversity literature, allowing everyone, everywhere to freely access library collections from across global and empowering research like never before.

We’re celebrating our anniversary with our #BHLat10 campaign this week, 11-15 April 2016. The campaign highlights BHL’s impact on the global science community; our history, growth, and Member and Affiliate contributions; and collections that highlight our 10th anniversary theme. Content will be published through our blog, Twitter, and Facebook. We also have a Flickr collection made up of the most-viewed albums from our Members and Affiliates. Finally, check out the most-downloaded books from each of our Members and Affiliates in our BHL book collection. Learn more about our campaign here: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/collection/BHLat10

We’ll also have programming throughout the week that celebrates our 10th anniversary and highlights our #BHLat10 themes. Check out our full list of programs below:

 

From Shelf to Screen

In the past 10 years, BHL’s collections have grown to over 48 million pages! Find out how a book goes from a library’s shelves to BHL by going behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian Libraries’ digitization lab!

When? 10am EST/3pm BST, 11 April 2016

Where?www.periscope.tv/biodivlibrary

 

BHL Day at the Natural History Museum, London

A programme highlighting BHL’s impact on the global science community and featuring speakers from biodiversity-related disciplines.

When? 1-6pm BST, 12 April 2016

Where? Follow #BHLDay to join the live tweeting of this event.

 

Let’s Talk Impact: An Interview with Rod Page at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Join us for a live interview at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, with Martin R. Kalfatovic (@UDCMRK), BHL Program Director, and Rod Page (@rdmpage), creator of BioStor (@biostor_org), for a discussion about BHL’s impact on science and possibilities for the future.

When? 11am EST/4pm BST, 13 April 2016

Where? Google Hangouts: http://bit.do/BHLLetsTalkImpact

 

Behind the Scenes at Tring

BHL’s partner libraries are full of amazing treasures. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at selections from the Ornithology and Rothschild Libraries’ incredible collections at the Natural History Museum at Tring.

When? 6:10am EST/11:10am BST, 15 April 2016

Where? www.periscope.tv/biodivlibrary

 

It’s a great week to celebrate our 10th anniversary because it’s also the American Library Association’s National Library Week. This year’s NLW theme is #LibrariesTransform. BHL has been transforming scientific research for 10 years, helping scientists identify, describe, and save Earth’s biodiversity. Explore interviews with actual users to see how BHL supports science and education (and even humanities research in history and art!). Visit our website to learn more about the tools, services, and citizen science initiatives that BHL provides and supports to help further transform biodiversity research around the world.

 

 

To help ensure that BHL continues to transform biodiversity research for decades to come, we’ve launched a CafePress store with products celebrating our 10th anniversary and featuring images from our collection. We’ve launched the store with a small selection of images from BHL, but we’ll be expanding this selection in the future as we continue to develop our store. 100% of the proceeds that BHL receives from the sale of these products will be used to digitize more books for BHL. Check out the store today!

 

 

And if merchandise isn’t your thing, but you want to help support BHL’s future, consider making a tax-deductible gift to help us continue to support science and research around the world.

Happy Birthday, BHL!

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“Explore the Four” for Museum Day Live! 2016

Erin Rushing : March 8, 2016 9:00 am : Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions

Join the Smithsonian Libraries and the wider Smithsonian community as we explore careers in museums, libraries and research through Museum Day Live! 2016. Special events and opportunities will be held throughout the Smithsonian on March 12, 2016, as well as nation-wide through participating institutions. According to the Museum Day Live! website, “held during Women’s History Month, this “special edition” of  “Museum Day Live!” will encourage all people, and particularly women and girls of color, to explore their nation’s museums, cultural institutions, zoos, aquariums, parks and libraries—which will offer free admission for the day.” more »

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