The Biodiversity Heritage Library: A Vast Library of Life


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The Biodiversity Heritage Library: A Vast Library of Life. Martin R. Kalfatovic. BHL: Awesome, California Digital Library. Oakland, CA. 24 April 2012.

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The Biodiversity Heritage Library: A Vast Library of Life

  1. 1. The Biodiversity Heritage Library Martin R. Kalfatovic | Biodiversity Heritage Library | Smithsonian Libraries California Digital Library | Oakland, CA | 24 April 2012
  2. 2. A Well-Appointed Library 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
  3. 3. A large library 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
  4. 4. WebWise 2004Chicago, Illinois
  5. 5. Missouri Botanical Garden & BHL Pre-historyIllustrated Gardens, 1997
  6. 6. Smithsonian Libraries & BHL Pre-historyBiologia Centrali-American, 2004
  7. 7. Libraries & Laboratories2005, London
  8. 8. Biodiversity Heritage Library American Museum of  Smithsonian Libraries Natural History  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Field Museum  Missouri Botanical Garden California Academy of Academy of Natural  Sciences Sciences (Philadelphia) Cornell University Library  Marine Biological Museum of Comparative Laboratory/WHOI Zoology (Harvard)  Harvard Botany Libraries New York Botanical  US Geological Survey Garden Library Natural History Museum (London)
  9. 9. Biodiversity Heritage Library: 2006
  10. 10. Biodiversity Heritage Library: 2012
  11. 11. BHL Governance & StaffingExecutive Committee- Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary- Project Director, Deputy Project Director- Technical DirectorSteering Committee- Contribute funds to the Secretariat- 9 institutional members (Smithsonian, MOBOT, NMH, Kew, NYBG, Cal Academy, MBL/WHOI, Harvard/MCZ, Harvard Botany)
  12. 12. BHL Governance & StaffingInstitutional Council - Interested institutions who sign participation agreementNon-Technical Pan-BHL Staff- Program Director, Program Manager, Global Coordinator,Collections Librarian
  13. 13. BHL US Partners
  14. 14. BHL Global Partners
  15. 15. BHL | BHL Europe | BHL Australia | BHL China | BHL SciELO (Brasil) | Bib Alex
  16. 16. Current Content (as of 23 April 2012) > 55,243 titles > 104,942 volumes > 38,604,757 pages
  17. 17. 29 June 2009: CDL signsMOU to share content3rd largest provider of itemsafter Smithsonian and MBL9,796 titles, largest number
  18. 18. Recent BHL Usagefrom California
  19. 19. Increased emphasis on outreach
  20. 20. “Endless thanks to@BioDivLibrary ... yourarchives are helpingme a lot with my bookand master thesis!!!”
  21. 21. “I’d like to take the opportunity to let youknow how much the Biodiversity Heritage “ TLibrary initiative is highly appreciated among hpeople like me who try to learn from those a nwho delivered valuable information in the kpast. Your website is a real treasure! yCongratulations.”o u m u c h “I wanted to comment on what a great resource this f library is. I was so happy to discover an archived issue o of a journal that I wouldn’t otherwise have been able to r yaccess easily. Your service made it simple and stress-free. o u r Thank you.” h e
  22. 22. Looking ForwardThe cultivation ofnatural science cannotbe efficiently carriedon without referenceto an extensive libraryCharles Darwin, et al(1847)Darwin, C. R. et al. 1847. Copy of Memorial tothe First Lord of the Treasury [Lord JohnRussell], respecting the Management of theBritish Museum. Parliamentary Papers,Accounts and Papers 1847, paper number(268), volume XXXIV.253 (13 April): 1-3.[Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online]
  23. 23. UDCMRK@Twitter Thanks!BioDivLibrary@Twitter Martin R. Kalfatovic | Biodiversity Heritage Library | Smithsonian Libraries California Digital Library | Oakland, CA | 24 April 2012