2 May 2014
William Henry Holmes, Chief, Bureau of American Ethnology, ca. 1905
Smithsonian Libraries, Natural History Main Library, ca. 2013
COLLECTIONS SERVICES
PRESERVATION DIGITIZATION
The cultivation of
natural science cannot
be efficiently carried
on without reference
to an extensive library
Charles Darw...
Mass digitization of Smithsonian Libraries collections aligns with
the overall Smithsonian digitization strategy and remai...
Members‫‏…‏‬University of Illinois is #16
16 Members
• American Museum of Natural History
• BHL Singapore
• California Aca...
Affiliates
Affiliates
Academy of Natural Sciences
Philadelphia at Drexel
University
The Field Museum Library
Natural Histo...
Technology Library Science
Biodiversity Heritage Library
43,479,358 pages
137,725 volumes
76,490 titles
2 May 201
Content Growth
2007-2014
What an absolutely
wonderful site. It is a
treasure trove of
information. Thank you!
I really appreciate your work.
The Biodiversity Heritage
Library is an excellent resource
that regularly helps my
assistan...
May I compliment you on
this splendid service? The
Library's invaluable for my
work on seasonal variability
of climate and...
I am thrilled with what I have
been able to find re: archaic
mammary embryology some
of which I had been hoping to
find at...
User Statistics: 2007 - 2013
Visitors: 3,628,088
Page Views: 17,604,395
New vs. Returning: 50.06% vs. 49.04%
2007
2013
146...
233 countriesUsers in 245 Countries
TheMachineIsUs/ingUs
<Response
xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-
instance"
xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XM...
• Secretariat and admin costs
• Technical development
• Central funds for scanning etc.
• Total:
– ~US$583,000 / year
• Sm...
2013 BHL Member In-kind Staff FTE & Costs (incomplete)
15.801 FTE from the 15 member institutions
$1,374,717 staff and oth...
Fundraising Plans
Continue to build our pipeline of
annual donors
Continue to use social media for
“soft‫‏‬asks”‫‏‬repurpo...
Awards
 2013 ComputerWorld Award
 2013 Council of Botanical and
Horticulture Libraries
 2011 Thackray Medal by the Soci...
Looking Forward
In any well-appointed
Natural History Library
there should be found
every book and every
edition of every ...
Web Services | Digital Library
Not just Biodiversity … The Cultural Heritage Library:
Over 5,000 items
The Catholic Sioux Herald (very fragile and uniq...
SMITHSONIAN LIBRARIES CULTURAL HERITAGE LIBRARY
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
2012 2013 2014
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
2012 2013 2014
Digitization is still increasing...
SMITHSONIAN RESEARCH ONLINE (SRO)
Followership is GROWING!
7709
17754
5508
10784
TWITTER FACEBOOKFY2013
FY2012
⇧65%
growth
⇧40%
growth
AS OF TODAY…
20,411 f...
PAGEVIEWS, Oct 1 2012 to Present
198235
146764
FY2013FY2012
⇧35%
increase
Google featured Maria Sibylla
Merian as their Do...
Expanding into New Platforms
Created official
guidelines this
month
Officially
launched the
start of FY2013
While Gaining 30,000 New Followers
360
16983
20123
31756
OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN F...
18K
5.5K
2.9K
1.5K
4.8K
Radar = Exposure
5.2K
• Companies can $25,000 to be featured
• Tumblr curated & widely viewed
• We...
The worth and
importance of the
Institution is not to
be estimated by
what it accumulates
within the walls of its
building...
Thank you!
Digitization in Support of Services @ Smithsonian Libraries (May)
Digitization in Support of Services @ Smithsonian Libraries (May)
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Digitization in Support of Services @ Smithsonian Libraries (May)
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  1. 1. 2 May 2014
  2. 2. William Henry Holmes, Chief, Bureau of American Ethnology, ca. 1905
  3. 3. Smithsonian Libraries, Natural History Main Library, ca. 2013
  4. 4. COLLECTIONS SERVICES PRESERVATION DIGITIZATION
  5. 5. The cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without reference to an extensive library Charles Darwin, et al (1847)‫‏‬ The Wherefore of BHL
  6. 6. Mass digitization of Smithsonian Libraries collections aligns with the overall Smithsonian digitization strategy and remains a center of excellence for rapid digitization at the Smithsonian
  7. 7. Members‫‏…‏‬University of Illinois is #16 16 Members • American Museum of Natural History • BHL Singapore • 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
  8. 8. Affiliates Affiliates Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia at Drexel University The Field Museum Library Natural History Museum of LA County Newest Affiliate:
  9. 9. Technology Library Science Biodiversity Heritage Library
  10. 10. 43,479,358 pages 137,725 volumes 76,490 titles 2 May 201 Content Growth 2007-2014
  11. 11. What an absolutely wonderful site. It is a treasure trove of information. Thank you!
  12. 12. I really appreciate your work. The Biodiversity Heritage Library is an excellent resource that regularly helps my assistant and I obtain original descriptions for plants .... I feel so privileged to be working in a day in age when such resources are so readily available and easy to obtain.
  13. 13. 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 British India, 1875-1940.
  14. 14. I am thrilled with what I have been able to find re: archaic mammary embryology some of which I had been hoping to find at the National Library of Medicine, and to get it through your program was a huge advantage
  15. 15. User Statistics: 2007 - 2013 Visitors: 3,628,088 Page Views: 17,604,395 New vs. Returning: 50.06% vs. 49.04% 2007 2013 146,798 visitors | November 2012
  16. 16. 233 countriesUsers in 245 Countries
  17. 17. TheMachineIsUs/ingUs <Response xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema- instance" 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>
  18. 18. • Secretariat and admin costs • Technical development • Central funds for scanning etc. • Total: – ~US$583,000 / year • Smithsonian funding • Grants to member institutions • Annual dues (US$10,000) from Members • Donations (~US$5,000 year/average) INCOME EXPENSES Funding Sources Central Expenses
  19. 19. 2013 BHL Member In-kind Staff FTE & Costs (incomplete) 15.801 FTE from the 15 member institutions $1,374,717 staff and other costs (does not include Secretariat or Technical staff)
  20. 20. Fundraising Plans Continue to build our pipeline of annual donors Continue to use social media for “soft‫‏‬asks”‫‏‬repurposing‫‏‬text/themes‫‏‬ of appeals Work‫‏‬with‫‏‬the‫‏‬Smithsonian’s‫‏‬Office‫‏‬ of Foundation Relations to put together major gift ($100K-500K) proposals to several foundations Continue other grant opportunities for partners
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. Web Services | Digital Library
  24. 24. Not just Biodiversity … The Cultural Heritage Library: Over 5,000 items The Catholic Sioux Herald (very fragile and unique) Dibner Heralds of Science Upcott scrapbook of Aeronautica & Aeronautical sheet music Rare materials from the Cooper-Hewitt NDM Library AnthroNotes Smithsonian Budget Books & Congressional Hearings
  25. 25. SMITHSONIAN LIBRARIES CULTURAL HERITAGE LIBRARY
  26. 26. Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 2012 2013 2014 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 2012 2013 2014 Digitization is still increasing, too 37,283 total items digitized 130,375 total items digitized
  27. 27. SMITHSONIAN RESEARCH ONLINE (SRO)
  28. 28. Followership is GROWING! 7709 17754 5508 10784 TWITTER FACEBOOKFY2013 FY2012 ⇧65% growth ⇧40% growth AS OF TODAY… 20,411 followers on TWITTER 8,208 likes on FACEBOOK 12% GROWTH FY2013
  29. 29. PAGEVIEWS, Oct 1 2012 to Present 198235 146764 FY2013FY2012 ⇧35% increase Google featured Maria Sibylla Merian as their Doodle. Second result was the Libraries! Pageview Growth on blog.library.si.edu More people are coming to our blog AS OF TODAY… 12% GROWTH
  30. 30. Expanding into New Platforms Created official guidelines this month Officially launched the start of FY2013
  31. 31. While Gaining 30,000 New Followers 360 16983 20123 31756 OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB First feature on Radar: Gif Featured Blog
  32. 32. 18K 5.5K 2.9K 1.5K 4.8K Radar = Exposure 5.2K • Companies can $25,000 to be featured • Tumblr curated & widely viewed • We’ve been featured 8 times!
  33. 33. The worth and importance of the Institution is not to be estimated by what it accumulates within the walls of its building, but by what it sends forth to the world. Joseph Henry, 1853
  34. 34. Thank you!

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