Books, Bytes, Biodiversity: Using the Biodiversity Heritage Library in Your Research
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  • New, enhanced ability to search. Easier use, more indexed fields = better results
  • I browse all the time. This isn’t fuzzy logic searching, so you better spell well and type accurately. Since I find myself turning to BHL for literature in every field and subfield, I browse A LOT.
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  • 1. Books, Bytes, Biodiversity: Using the Biodiversity Heritage Library in Your ResearchRebecca MorinUser Services LibrarianCalifornia Academy of Sciences Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History March 7, 2011
  • 2. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org2
  • 3. 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
  • 4. Global Reach / Global Impact4
  • 5. What’s in there?5
  • 6. Significant Taxonomic Journals & Series6
  • 7. Voyages of Discovery7
  • 8. Publications of Member Libraries8
  • 9. Botany & Zoology pre-19239
  • 10. Post-1923 Literature10
  • 11. BHL User Interface11
  • 12. Searching Easier to use + more indexed fields = better results12
  • 13. Browsing13
  • 14. Name Searching How to find literature on Chiroderma salvini • Via EOL • Name search in BHL • Direct URL entry • Works for any uninomial, binomial, or trinomial14
  • 15. BHL Name Search15
  • 16. Name Search URL16
  • 17. Encyclopedia of Life17
  • 18. Encyclopedia of Life
  • 19. EOL & BHLPAGE LEVEL ACCESS @ THE TAXONOMIC NAME
  • 20. How do I use it? How do I keep it?20Photo courtesy Martin Kalfatovic
  • 21. Download Complete Items21
  • 22. Download a Page22
  • 23. Download an Article23
  • 24. PDF Generation24
  • 25. Reading25
  • 26. Reading26
  • 27. eReading27
  • 28. eReading28
  • 29. ePubs & eReaders .ePub .Mobi29
  • 30. ePubs & eReaders Kobo Kindle App. iBooks30
  • 31. High-Quality Images31
  • 32. Persistent URLs32
  • 33. Open Datahttp://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/api2/docs/docs.html Access to data: • Scientific Name • Author • Title • Volume • Page33
  • 34. Global Users34
  • 35. 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 • Taxonomy35 • Nomenclature
  • 36. Yelling Across the Divide Charles Webber © California Academy of Sciences36
  • 37. Feedback37
  • 38. Scan Requests38
  • 39. Questions?39
  • 40. Thank You! Special Thanks to: Martin Kalfatovic & Tom Garnett The BHL Staff Group Bianca Crowley Erin Thomas Grace Cosentino Robin Everleyrmorin@calcademy.org Twitter: @tiny_librarian