BHLIC USGS Member Report, March 2012

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  • 1. BHL Institutional Council Member Report United States Geological Survey March 2012U.S. Department of the InteriorU.S. Geological Survey Richard Huffine, Library Director 1
  • 2. Brief History of Engagement  Joined the BHL in November 2011  Attended the Life and Literature Conference  Met with Smithsonian-based BHL staff  Acquired Digitization Equipment  ScanPro 2000 – Microfilm/Microfiche  Minolta PS 7000C MKII Color Book Scanner  Scanned some sample material  Currently trying to load using Macaw  Submitted 6 books through Smithsonian IA contract  Load completed 3/14/2012 Image from Holbrooks Herpetology, 1841. Already scanned and available in the BHL. 2
  • 3. Highlights  The USGS is excited to contribute to BHL, both in content and capability, including:  Strong collections in paleobotany and other scientific studies previously not included in the BHL  Accessible collections that have been considered too rare for other institutions to scan  Skills in geographic and geospatial technology that could improve the utility of BHL from place-based perspectives  Interest in connecting biological and earth science research to improve understanding of the connections between geology, mineralogy, natural hazards and ecosystems Image from Botany, 1839. Scanned by USGS and waiting to load into the BHL. 3
  • 4. Accomplishments to Date  We are scanning  If we can get the Macaw service to work for us, we can add rare materials from our collection at a pretty good pace  We are identifying collections  We are reviewing our current inventories in biology, paleobotany, etc. and identifying materials that can be scanned  We are building our capacity  USGS staff have begun to appreciate the time and attention required to contribute to this effort and they are excited about the opportunity Image from Die Alpenpflanzen (1879-1884). Scanned by USGS and waiting to load into the BHL. 4
  • 5. Related Activities  USGS has scanned over 75% of its’ published catalog  Also collecting citations for USGS-authored works to represent USGS contributions to science  Scanning is continuing as funds are identified  Developing a Fedora Commons repository  Also providing MODS Web Services and custom RSS feeds for interaction with the current system  Recently released over 150,000 historic topographic maps in geoPDF format  Producing 55,000 current topographic maps for the continental U.S. every 3 years Image from Botanical Atlas: Phanerogams& Cryptogams (1883). Scanned by USGS and waiting to load into the BHL. 5
  • 6. Looking Forward  The USGS is looking forward to becoming a valued partner in the next phase of the BHL  We hope to bring breadth, depth, energy and enthusiasm to the project  We look forward to supporting efforts to improve on the current capabilities and explore new ideas  We appreciate the opportunity to contribute to this valuable effort  We value the opportunity to partner with such esteemed institutions USGS personnel preparing material for scanning. 6
  • 7. Highlights  IA has scanned the first 5 books of about 250 titles currently on loan from USGS to Smithsonian Paleobotany  Observations on fossil vegetables accompanied by representations of their internal structure as seen through the microscope (1831)  Die Dendrolithen in Beziehung auf ihreninnerenBau : mitzwanizigSteindrucktafeln (1832)  The internal structure of fossil vegetables found in the carboniferous and oolitic deposits of Great Britain (1833)  Die PflanzenweltvordemErscheinen des Menschen (1881)  As well as a lovely 1845 volume of:  American wild flowers in their native haunts 7
  • 8. Highlights  On the Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants (1865)  1stedition of a work by Charles Darwin. A little research revealed it to be the first published edition of a paper that wasn’t published in book form until 1875.  Die Alpenpflanzen (1879-1884)  This beautiful set was “rediscovered” in our general collection. Each of the four volumes contains 100 full-color plates illustrating the flowers of the Alps. The color variation on the pages is natural, possibly chosen intentionally to accent the color of each flower.  Botanical Atlas: Phanerogams&Cryptogams (1883)  “Phanerogams” (vol. 1) was pulled from our general collection. We discovered it was the first of two volumes, but we didn’t have the other half. Unable to resist completing the set, we found and ordered “Cryptogams” from a bookseller in England. We found out that the first volume was published in New York by one publisher and the second in Edinborough, by another. Images of materials scanned by USGS and waiting to load into the BHL. 8
  • 9. Highlights Flora Virginica(1762)  This 250 year old book describes the flora of Virginia fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was written.  With deeply creased pages and faded text (in Latin), digitizing this book was a challenge. We improvised, using felt and foam padding to make a jigsaw puzzle of support for each page. Image from Flora Virginica (1762) and photograph of USGS personnel working with the book during digitization. 9
  • 10. Contacts  Richard Huffine, Library Director 703-648-7182 rhuffine@usgs.gov  Helen Tong, Digital Services Manager 703-648-7182 htong@usgs.gov  Jenna Nolt, Digital Services Lead Developer (703) 648-6209 jnolt@usgs.gov 10