Report on the Biodiversity Heritage Library for the 5th Global BHL Meeting.
Report on the The Biodiversity Heritage Library
for the 5th Global BHL Meeting
Martin R. Kalfatovic | BHL Program Director | Smithsonian Libraries
5th Global BHL Meeting
Lorne, Victoria | Australia
1 February 2014
Members … Washington University is #14
• American Museum of Natural History
• California Academy of Sciences
• Cornell University Library
• Harvard University Botany Libraries
• Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of
• Library of Congress
• Marine Biological Laboratory and
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
• Missouri Botanical Garden Library
• Natural History Museum, London
• The New York Botanical Garden
• Royal Botanic Garden, Kew
• Smithsonian Institution Libraries
• United States Geological Survey
• Washington University of St. Louis
Academy of Natural
Sciences Philadelphia at
The Field Museum Library
BHL Institutional Council | Woods Hole | May 2013
BHL Europe. Final Events, Berlin, 4-6 June 2012
Smithsonian Libraries and BHL, Mae Jemison Science Reading Room. Pretoria,
South Africa. 11 June 2012 [presentation]
BHL African Meeting, Cape Town, South Africa, June 14-15 2012
BHL Staff and Technical Meeting, Cambridge, MA, 27-28, 2012
Internet Archive Leaders' Forum, San Francisco, CA, 24-25 October 2012
EOL Work Group Leaders Meeting. Cambridge, MA, 29-30 November 2012
JSTOR Plants Meeting, Panama City, Panama, 6-11 January 2013
Third Phenotype Ontology Research Coordination Network Annual Summit
meeting, Durham, NC, 25-27 February 2013
Fulbright Academy Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 15 February 2013
I Annotate: Annoto Ergo Sum, San Francisco, CA, 10-12 April 2013
BHL Africa Launch, Pretoria, South Africa, 15-18 April 2013
BHL Symposium. TDWG 2013. Florence, Italy. 29 October 2013.
Digitalización de literatura de Biodiversidad: an Overview of the
Biodiversity Heritage Library. CONABIO Teleconference. 29 August 2013.
International Relations Round Table, American Library Association Annual Meeting.
Chicago, IL, 28 June 2013.
3rd International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives.
Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco. 30 May 2013.
4th Global BHL Meeting. Fes, Morocco. 27 May 2013.
Goal 1: Relevant Content. Build and maintain the BHL as the largest
reliable, reputable, and responsive repository of biodiversity literature
and archival materials.
Goal 2: Tools and Services. Develop services and tools which
facilitate discovery and improve research efficiency of BHL content.
Goal 3: User Engagement. Increase global awareness about the BHL
through outreach, learning and education, and branding through
engagement and collaboration with existing and new user communities.
Goal 4: Membership and Partnerships. Grow BHL consortia
membership and partnerships while fostering cross-institutional
collaboration that continues to serve as a model for digital library
Goal 5: Financial Sustainability. Ensure sustainability and relevance
by being flexible, adaptable, and financially sound while the content and
services remain openly and freely available.