Digitizing Entomology: The Biodiversity Heritage Library @ the Smithsonian. Martin R. Kalfatovic. National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology Staff Meeting. Martin R. Kalfatovic.
Digitizing Entomology: The Biodiversity Heritage Library @ the Smithsonian. Martin R. Kalfatovic. National Museum of Natural History, Department of Entomology Staff Meeting. Martin R. Kalfatovic. November 26, 2007. Washington, DC.
Digitizing Entomology The Biodiversity Heritage Library @ the Smithsonian Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Institution Libraries 26 November 2007 A Presentation for the Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
Yet another physical difficulty is the task of assembling the library and indexes which will enable the student to work under proper conditions…. the beginner must now be prepared to spend liberally, or else must establish himself in an institution where a large library exists ; if he work by himself with only a few books, he will have to confine himself to a very narrow specialty indeed. 'The Limitations of Taxonomy' by J.M. Aldrich, Science , April 22, 1927, vol. LXV, no. 1686, p.381
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Funding & the Future
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. One never knows wherein one edition differs from or supplements the other and unless these are on the same table at the same time it is not possible to collate them properly. Charles Davies Sherborn, Epilogue to Index Animalium , March 1922