Edward Donovan’s Insects of Australia

Edward Donovan (1768-1837) was a British naturalist and natural history painter, who founded the London Museum and Institute of Natural History largely from his own collections.  His work on New Holland, New Zealand, and New Guinea is the first systematic and illustrated survey of the insects of Australia based on the collections gathered during the famous first voyage of Captain James Cook throughout the Pacific between 1768 and 1771.  Significantly, a copy of this work was used by scientists as a reference during the United States Exploring Expedition from 1838-1842. The Cullman Library collects natural history narratives of scientific voyages, and holds the complete works of the three voyages of Captain Cook, as well as the complete works of the United States Exploring Expedition (in both print and digital formats). More information on these books can be found in SIRIS, the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System catalog.

Learn the Art of Hanji Papermaking with the Smithsonian

Art and Science of Hanji:   Past and Future of a Papermaking Tradition   from Jeonju, Korea Friday, October 3, 2008 6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.   at the   Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden   Ring Auditorium   Independence Avenue at Seventh Street, SW   Washington, DC Hanji papermaking, an ancient technique which utilizes the bark of the Korean   mulberry tree, is still employed today to create beautiful textured paper art   and sculpture. We invite you to join the Smithsonian’s Libraries, Asian Cultural History Program and Office of Policy and Analysis to learn more about   this process, its use and conservation. Our speakers will be Paul Michael Taylor, Director of the Asian Cultural History at the Smithsonian, and Hajin Song, Mayor of Jeonju City, Korea. This program is also sponsored by Office of the Mayor, Jeonju City, Korea and   KI Creative Group and is being held in conjunction with the opening of the new   Hanji Exhibition at KORUS House, 2370 Massachusetts Avenue N.W. Washington, more »

Outreach with the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Their museum may not be open yet, but the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is already reaching out to a national community by holding events such as their "Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative" in cities around the US.  The program is a series of one-day events designed to encourage individuals and families to identify, protect and preserve  "family treasures" for future generations. Saturday, September 13th, was the third event in the series, and was held at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, DC.  It was a full day of classroom presentations on preserving clothing, textiles, photographs, and paper, and also establishing provenance.  There were a number of conservators and curators on hand in the "Hometown Treasures" room for one-on-one review sessions with participants who had brought in up to three items from their personal collections.  Participants brought in all kinds of treasures, including photographs, portraits, letters, bibles, and quilts and met with reviewers for advice on proper care and handling of artifacts or more »

James Neal Talks at the Smithsonian

On September 8, Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, gave a presentation at the Smithsonian Institution titled We Can’t Get There From Here: The Intersection of Research Library Aspirations and Copyright Challenges. Jim reminded us that libraries, museums and archives are living in times of revolutionary changes in user expectations, personal computing, digital preservation, open source, open content, push technology, and a huge shift to mobile technology.  Libraries, museums and archives are facing changing roles as Research and Development organizations, publishers, educators, entrepreneurs and policy makers as we incorporate Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 into our services. James Neal LectureOriginally uploaded by Smithsonian Libraries Library Web 2.0 embraces rapid technology development and deployment, perpetual assessment, boundary erosion, and supports the needs of BIG science (massive unstructured data curation, collaboration, extraction, distribution, and simulation). Jim also said these are times for organizational risk taking and new organizational models, and a time to rethink library space planning and identity. As a result we are all feeling anxious, more »

North American Indian Photograpy of Edward Curtis now on Flickr!

Wedding party – QagyuhlOriginally uploaded by Smithsonian Institution Check out SIL’s newest contribution to the Smithsonian Commons on Flickr, the Native American Indian Photography of Edward Curtis: http://flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/sets/72157607176299398/ For more information about the work of Edward Curtis, visit our online exhibit here:http://www.sil.si.edu/Exhibitions/Curtis/index.htm

National Postal Museum Library Open House

The National Postal Museum Library is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Friday, September 26th from 10:00 AM until 4:30 PM. The open house coincides with the Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposium, entitled, "When the mail goes to war". Visit the Library, take a tour, and see our fascinating collections of philatelic and postal history items.

David Weinberger to speak in Future of Libraries, Museums and Archives series

David Weinberger The End of Information September 16, 2008 2:00pm-4:00pm, Ripley Center, Room 3111 ~~the lecture will also be webcast live ~~ http://www.sil.si.edu/lectures_40th_Weinberger.html  David Weinberger is currently a fellow at the Berkman Institute on Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.  In 1999, he co-authored The Cluetrain Manifesto, a set of 95 theses examining the impact of the internet on markets and organizations. His latest book is Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder. Mr. Weinberger’s current interests include: We are changing the basic principles by which we organize our world. What effect will that have on our institutions and on our way of understanding ourselves and the world we share? What policies and laws will enable the Internet to thrive as an open platform for ideas, innovation and connection? On the occasion of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ 40th anniversary, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL), Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) present another in a series of speakers to address more »

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