April is National Frog Month

Galaxy of Images features many spectacular amphibians.—Elizabeth Periale

2010 Resident Scholar Programs

Johann Müller Regiomontanus, Epytoma Ioannis de Monte Regio in Almagestum Ptolemei, 31 Aug. 1496 The Smithsonian Institution Libraries awards stipends of $3,500/month up to six months for scholars doing research in its special collections. Historians, librarians, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows are all welcome to apply. The Libraries’ catalog is available. Scholars are expected to be in residence at the Smithsonian Libraries during their research within the award period, January to December 2010. The application deadline is May 15, 2009. Scholars wanting to do research primarily in the history of science and technology in the Dibner Library can apply for the Dibner Library Resident Program. Scholars interested in working in the Libraries’ other special collections should consider the Baird Society Resident Scholar Program. Download the application forms or email or mail a request for more information to Smithsonian Institution Libraries,  Resident Scholar Programs, PO Box 37012 NMAH 1041 MRC 672 Washington, DC 20013-7012 The BairdSociety Resident Scholar Program is supported by the Spencer Baird Society.The Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program more »

Libraries Receives Combined Federal Campaign Merit Award

During the Fall 2008 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), many Smithsonian Institution Libraries staff members gave generously. Library staff contributed to a variety of charities via payroll deduction and one-time giving. Because of this generosity, and because the Libraries exceeded its CFC goal, the Libraries was one of eleven Smithsonian units to be given a Merit Award at the CFC awards ceremony on March 19th. This award is given to units where there is either 50% employee participation or gifts equaling $125 per capita. The Libraries had 106 potential donors with a goal of $9,500 – and actually raised $14,689 from 21 donors. Congratulations! The 2008 CFC coordinator for the Libraries was Alvin Hutchinson, who is seen here receiving the Merit Award from Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough.—Elizabeth Periale

Thomas Sully carte-de-visite – AA/PG Library

recto: Thomas Sully(born Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England, 1783; died Philadelphia, PA,1872) rear: Carte-de-visite photographer: H.G. DeBurlo, Philadelphia, PA During his lifetime, Thomas Sully was one of the most prominent portrait painters in the United States with over two thousand portraits attributed to him.  After the death of Gilbert Stuart, he was probably the United States' most prominent American portrait painter. Born in England, Sully emigrated to the United States in 1792. He established his first studio in Richmond, Virginia by 1804 and subsequently moved to New York City (where, for a time, he worked as a studio assistant for John Trumbull, the American artist), then Hartford, Connecticut (during which he went up to Boston, Massachusetts to meet Gilbert Stuart). He finally settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1807 where remained for the rest of his life. Sully attracted notice for his new studio by announcing to paint thirty portraits for the first thirty customers for thirty dollars each. From this humble start, Sully's reputation as a portrait painter grew which brought him more »

BHL Book of the Month – The Entomologist

Then Entomologist, Volume 10, 1877Originally uploaded by Smithsonian Libraries Fancy a bit of poetry with your entomology? In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the British journal The Entomologist began each volume with a sampling of verses related to nature. In this page from Volume 10 (1877), a passage from the Bible is quoted alongside the work of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.—Erin Clements Rushing

Dreaming of cherry blossoms

According to the National Park Service, the blossoms should be peaking this weekend. Wm. Elliott & Sons, 50th Annual Edition, 1895. One of the fabulous seed catalogs from the Libraries' Galaxy of Images. —Elizabeth Periale

OCLC’s Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries' response. On November 4, 2008, OCLC announced the release of its new Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records as a replacement for the Guidelines for the Use and Transfer of OCLC-Derived Records (November 16, 1987).  The new policy has elicited concern and generated much discussion in the library community.  In response to the largely negative reaction on the part of the library community,  OCLC withdrew the policy and on January 13, 2009, announced the creation of a Review Board of Shared Data Creation and Stewardship whose charge is to  “Consult with librarians and member representatives as appropriate; review reports, letters and comments including blog and listserv messages from the global library community regarding the revised Policy; and recommend principles of shared data creation and changes in the Policy for Use and Transfer of WorldCat Records that will preserve the community around WorldCat infrastructure and services, and strengthen libraries.”   A final report is due at the May Members Council meeting. The implementation of a new more »

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