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  • In 2007, 23 members from across the Institution representing LAMS met to discuss collaboration among libraries, archives and museums, and more efficient means to showcase institutional assets. This group identified two projects… neither of these good ideas came with funding. Instead the Smithsonian would look for opportunities to try to turn these recommendations into reality. We did, but when the opportunities presented themselves, they took a different flavor. Two Institution-wide collaboration projects: Development of a comprehensive digitization and access program for unencumbered photographic collections. Creation of an internal single point of access to all Smithsonian collections information for staff.
  • TOP: Duke Ellington music manuscript from the Archives Center, National Museum of American History BOTTOM: Porcelain plate from the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum
  • New members inlcude Academy of Natural Science (Philadelphia) California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) BHL – Europe Discussions underway with China and Australia
  • What is biodiversity Genetic variability within species Diversity of species Ecosystems and landscapes
  • BHL Focus: Literature BHL Institutions have scanned (since 2006) approx 42,000 titles (29.5 M pages) SIL has scanned 4535 titles (3.48 M pages)
  • BHL Portal
  • BHL Blog http://biodiversitylibrary.blogspot.com/ Twitter www.twitter.com/biodivlibrary Flickr www.flickr.com/groups/bhl Twibe www.twibes.com/groups/BioDivLibrary
  • E.O Wilson said: imagine for a moment that all the diversity of the world were finally revealed and then described, say one page to a species. The description would contain the scientific name, a photograph or drawing, a brief diagnosis, and information of where the species if found. If published in conventional book form … this Great Encyclopedia of Life would occupy 60 meters of library shelf per million species … 100 million species of organisms … would extend through 6 kilometers of shelving …
  • A Global Library for Life 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
  • Demo

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  • 1. The Smithsonian Institution Libraries: A Snapshot Air Force/Navy/Marine Corps Librarians Marcia Adams [email_address] June 25, 2010
  • 2.  
  • 3. Where is the Smithsonian?
  • 4. Who we are
    • 19 Museums & Galleries
    • 9 Research Centers
    • 18 Archives
    • 1 Library system (20 branches )
    • 1 Zoo
  • 5. 137.2 Million Objects 2 Million Digital Images 13 Million Digital Records Smithsonian Collections
  • 6. Smithsonian Institution Libraries: A Snapshot
  • 7. SIL-A Distributed Network
    • 20 libraries in Washington, DC; Edgewater and Suitland, MD; New York City; & Republic of Panama, supported by Central Services:
    • Acquisitions
    • Interlibrary loan
    • Metadata/Cataloging
    • Preservation
    • Digital Services
    • Administration
    • Development
    • 109 Staff
  • 8. Who Do We Serve?
    • Smithsonian scientists,
    • curators, historians, researchers
    • Visiting fellows, graduate stu-
    • dents, scholars, interns
    • Students in affiliated academic programs
    • Smithsonian educators and exhibition staff
    • Smithsonian management, docents, volunteers
    • Researchers world-wide and general public
  • 9. SIL– The Profile
    • 1,793,668 million volumes
    • 4,929 journal subscriptions
    • 3,054 electronic journals
    • & databases
    • 238,051 collection images
    • on website
    • 13,038 non-Smithsonian
    • library users
  • 10. Library Spaces National Air and Space Museum National Museum of the American Indian
  • 11. Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • 12. Book Conservation Laboratory
  • 13. 50,000 Rare Books and Manuscripts
  • 14. Digital Imaging Center
  • 15. Historical Trade Literature--450,000 items—27,000 companies
  • 16. Distinctive Collections “ Obviously I am spending TOOOOO much time in your terrific collection.”
  • 17. Smithsonian Libraries on the Web
    • Usage Statistics
      • 3.5-4 million hits per month
      • 350-450,000 visitor sessions per month
      • 80% of users are non-Smithsonian
      • ~ 27% growth in use each year
  • 18. Collaboration Projects
    • Development of a comprehensive digitization and access program for unencumbered photographic collections.
    • Creation of an internal single point of access to all Smithsonian collections information for staff.
  • 19. Flickr Commons
    • 1900+ Images
    • Opened June 7, 2008
    • Collaborators
      • 3 Archives
      • SI Libraries
      • 6 Museums
      • 2 Research Centers
  • 20. Portraits of Scientists “ What a tremendous set of photographs. This was the first time I had seen the faces to go with many of those names. Thank you!”
  • 21. Most Popular
    • 802 people call this photo a favorite
    • Viewed 37,853 times
  • 22. SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION COLLECTIONS SEARCH CENTER http://collections.si.edu
  • 23. Today’s Collections Search Center
    • 4.6 million records with 445,000 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources
  • 24. Today’s Collections Search Center
    • 9 Museums (15 collections)
    • 12 Archives (some independent, some in museums)
    • 7 Bibliographic Databases
    • Smithsonian Libraries Catalog
    • *Art and Artists Files
    • *Historical Trade Literature
    • Image Gallery (266,300 selected images)
  • 25.  
  • 26. SEARCH TERM: BUTTERFLY 1 OF 829 PAGES
  • 27. SEARCH TERM: BUTTERFLY
  • 28.  
  • 29. Air & Space Museum Butterfly Natural History Museum
  • 30. Smithsonian American Art Museum Butterfly Smithsonian Archives
  • 31. Art & History Museums: Butterfly Black butterfly [music] Composer: Ellington, Duke 1899-1974. 1 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 31 cm 12 manuscripts….. 0
  • 32. Library: Butterfly
  • 33. Smithsonian 2.0 DIGITIZATION A Smithsonian Priority
  • 34.  
  • 35.
    • MISSION
      • Provide open access to
      • biodiversity literature for
      • scientists, researchers,
      • students and public
      • world-wide
    • GOALS
      • Digitize the core
      • published literature of
      • biodiversity
      • Collaborate with the global
      • taxonomic community,
      • rights holders and others
    “ The cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without reference to an extensive library.” C. Darwin et al 1847
  • 36. Biodiversity Heritage Library
    • American Museum of Natural History (New York)
    • Field Museum (Chicago)
    • Natural History Museum (London)
    • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (Washington)
    • Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis)
    • New York Botanical Garden (New York)
    • Royal Botanic Garden, Kew
    • Botany Libraries, Harvard University
    • Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
    • Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • 37. New Members: Academy of Natural Science (Philadelphia) California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) BHL – Europe Discussions underway with China and Australia
  • 38.
      • Serve as the Secretariat
      • Host the BHL Program Director
      • Manage the funds
    The Biodiversity Heritage Library -- the largest collaboration yet undertaken by Smithsonian Libraries.
  • 39. Biodiversity
    • What is Biodiversity?
    • Genetic variability within species
    • Diversity of species
    • Ecosystems and landscapes
  • 40. Biodiversity Tools
    • Specimen collections
    • Databases
    • Publications
    • Observations
    • ‘ Gray’ literature
    • Index cards
    • Field notebooks
  • 41. Taxonomic Literature
    • Taxonomic descriptions must be published for the name to be valid
    • Publications must be available to the public through trusted sources
    • Libraries have been the traditional place
  • 42. BHL Focus: Literature
  • 43. BHL Focus: Literature
  • 44. How to make THIS into 0’s and 1’s
  • 45.
      • Smithsonian publications
      • Entomology collection
      • Marine mammals
      • Fishes
      • Selected special collections materials
      • Filling in behind other libraries
    SIL – BHL Scanning
  • 46. Scribe Machine Custom built by the Internet Archive Human-operated 3,500 pages per 8-hour shift per day
  • 47.
    • Washington, DC
      • 1 Scribe machine at Smithsonian Libraries
      • 10 Scribe FedScan facility at Library of Congress
  • 48. The BHL Portal!
  • 49. BHL 2.0
    • BHL Blog http://biodiversitylibrary.blogspot.com
    • Twitter www.twitter.com/biodivlibrary
    • Flickr www.flickr.com/groups/bhl
  • 50.  
  • 51. Encyclopedia of Life … imagine for a moment that all the diversity of the world were finally revealed and then described, say one page to a species. The description would contain the scientific name, a photograph or drawing, a brief diagnosis, and information of where the species if found. If published in conventional book form … this Great Encyclopedia of Life would occupy 60 meters of library shelf per million species … 100 million species of organisms … would extend through 6 kilometers of shelving … E.O. Wilson (1992)
  • 52. OH O H 2 N OH H Informatics Marine Biological Laboratory Missouri Botanical Garden Species Pages & Secretariat Smithsonian Education and Outreach Smithsonian & Harvard Synthesis Center Field Museum
  • 53. Grants of $6 million for BHL from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur and Alfred P. Sloan Foundations (as part of the Encyclopedia of Life grant) Additional support from parent institutions Supplemental grants in place for specific development (e.g. Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation) Additional grants being actively pursued by BHL and individual members
  • 54. A Global Library for Life 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
  • 55. SIL links
    • SIL Blog http://smithsonianlibraries.si.edu/
    • Twitter http://twitter.com/SILibraries
    • Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonianlibraries/
    • Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SmithsonianLibraries?ref=ts
  • 56. Thanks Nancy Gwinn, Director, SIL Tom Garnett, Project Director, BHL Martin Kalfatovic, Assist. Director, Digital Services, SIL
  • 57.
    • “ 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
    • the Smithsonian’s first Secretary, Smithsonian Annual Report, 1852
    A Parting Thought