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  • In other words, let’s think of EOL as a repository of natural history collections information. We can consider it our 21st century Wunderkammer.So, here’s the famous image of Ferrante Imperato’s 16th century cabinet (this is considered the first published image of such a thing, the genesis of the natural history museums where many of us work today)So, this is EOL– instead of a page for every species, let’s say there’s a place for every species…including some tiny dogs running around on the floor there.What we all know (and what Ferrante Imperato did as well) is that the study of these items involves more than just the objects themselvesSo, if this is EOL, Image from
  • Concept of EOL(a web page for every species on earth)Image from
  • The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a consortium of 12 natural history museum and botanical garden libraries, working together to digitize the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections.

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  • “It is something wonderful” the Biodiversity Heritage Library:a Science Library for Global Learning Rebecca Morin User Services Librarian California Academy of Sciences
  • http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org2
  • Members American Museum of Natural History (New York) Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia) California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) 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 Institution3
  • Global Reach / Global Impact4
  • Why?5
  • Who Uses It? Usage 2010 • 837,000 Visits • 422,000 Unique Visitors • 4.2 Million Page Views • 221 Countries/Territories More than 80% of visitors seek information in • Systematics • Taxonomy6 • Nomenclature
  • Multiple Means of Access • BHL: 18.65% • Referring Sites: 38.13% • EOL • Wikipedia • Tropicos • Smithsonian • BioOne • Animal Base • Search Engines: 43.12% Source: Google Analytics (Oct. 2010 – Jan. 2011)7
  • Encyclopedia of Life8
  • Encyclopedia of Life/BHL Interface
  • BHL & OCLC11
  • BHL & OCLC12
  • BHL & OCLC13
  • What Does BHL Do For Me? • Bibliographies • Name Searching • Taxonomic Intelligence • Complete Items • PDF Creation • APIs • Stable URLs14
  • Connecting Content15
  • A Ready Partnership16
  • Connecting Content17
  • Linking Field Notes & Specimens “Connecting Content” will help us gather information from here… &18
  • Linking Field Notes & Specimens & Literature …And connect it to literature in BHL19
  • What Have We Learned? Researchers want article-level access20
  • What Have We Learned? Users want contact21
  • User Feedback22
  • What Have We Learned? Give users options23
  • Pay Attention to Users FeedbackNov. 2010 – Jan. 2011 • 370 user issues recorded • 46% scan requests • 62% resolved 63% of requests from 10 users BHL UseOct. 2010 – Jan. 2011 • 292,304 visits • 1,586,562 pageviews • 137,900 unique visitors • 207 different countries/territories 24
  • “…For a student like me who is from oneof the poorest countries on earth wherethere are not enough libraries and eventhe existing libraries do not have enoughliterature, it is something wonderful.Thanks to those people who created it.” Sajan Subedi BHL User
  • Thank You! Special Thanks To The Institute of Museum and Library Services Bianca Crowley, Martin Kalfatovic, Suzanne Pilsk & everyone else at BHL The “Connecting Content” Partners Danielle Castronovormorin@calcademy.org Twitter: @tiny_librarian