Scanning Locally, Collaborating Globaly: The Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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Scanning Locally, Collaborating Globaly: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. VALA 2014. Melbourne, Australia. 6 February 2014.

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Scanning Locally, Collaborating Globaly: The Biodiversity Heritage Library.

  1. 1. Scanning Locally, Collaborating Globally The Biodiversity Heritage Library Martin R. Kalfatovic | BHL Program Director | Smithsonian Libraries VALA 2014 | Melbourne, Australia | 5 February 2014
  2. 2. Good afternoon! ‫صباح الخير‬ Bon Jour ¡Buenos días Bom dia Habari ya asubuhi Goeie môre
  3. 3. The Wherefore of BHL The cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without reference to an extensive library Charles Darwin, et al (1847)
  4. 4. Members … Washington University is #14 14 Members • American Museum of Natural History • California Academy of Sciences Library • Cornell University Library • Harvard University Botany Libraries • Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology • Library of Congress • Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library • Missouri Botanical Garden Library • Natural History Museum, London • The New York Botanical Garden • Royal Botanic Garden, Kew • Smithsonian Institution Libraries • United States Geological Survey Libraries • Washington University of St. Louis
  5. 5. Affiliates Affiliates Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia at Drexel University The Field Museum Library Newest Affiliate:
  6. 6. Biodiversity Heritage Library Technology Library Science
  7. 7. Taxonomic Impediment Specimen collections Databases Publications Observations ‘Gray’ literature Index cards Field notebooks
  8. 8. Problems of Mass Digitization of Library Materials
  9. 9. Content Growth 2007-2014 42,498,407 pages 130,484 volumes 71,945 titles 4 February 201
  10. 10. Mass digitization of Smithsonian Libraries collections aligns Problems of Library Metadata with the overall Smithsonian digitization strategy and remains a center of excellence for rapid digitization at the SI
  11. 11. User Statistics: 2007 - 2013 Visitors: 3,628,088 Page Views: 17,604,395 New vs. Returning: 50.06% vs. 49.04% 146,798 visitors | November 2012 2007 2013
  12. 12. 233233 Countries countries Users in
  13. 13. TheMachineIsUs/ingUs <Response xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchemainstance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"> <Status>ok</Status> <Result> <Item> <ItemID>16800</ItemID> <Volume/> <Contributor>MBLWHOI Library</Contributor> <Sponsor>MBLWHOI Library</Sponsor> <Language>English</Language> <LicenseUrl/> <Rights/> <DueDiligence/> <CopyrightStatus/> <CopyrightRegion/> </Item>
  14. 14. Awards ● 2013 ComputerWorld Award ● ● 2013 Council of Botanical and Horticulture Libraries ● ● 2011 Thackray Medal by the Society for the History of Natural History ● ● 2010 ALCTS award for outstanding collaboration
  15. 15. May I compliment you on this splendid service? The Library's invaluable for my work on seasonal “ variability of climate and vector-borne disease in T British India, 1875-1940. h a n k I really appreciatey your work. The Biodiversity Heritage Library is an excellent resource that regularly helps my o u assistant and I obtain original descriptions for plants .... I feel so privileged m be working in a day in age when such to u resources are so readily available and easy to obtain. c h f o r y What an absolutely owonderful site. u It is a treasure trove of information. r Thank you! h e
  16. 16. Looking Forward In any well-appointed Natural History Library there should be found every book and every edition of every book dealing in the remotest way with the subjects concerned. Charles Davies Sherborn Epilogue to Index Animalium, March 1922
  17. 17. Looking Forward In any well-appointed Natural History Library there should be found every book and every edition of every book dealing in the remotest way with the subjects concerned. Charles Davies Sherborn Epilogue to Index Animalium, March 1922
  18. 18. And now on to our panel
  19. 19. Thank you! Grazie! Obrigado! Danke! Tack! Děkuju! Merci! Dank u! Asante! Tak! Благодарю! Köszönöm!

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