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The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. International Relations Round Table, American Library Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, 28 June 2013.

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The Biodiversity Heritage Library

  1. 1. The Biodiversity Heritage LibraryMartin R. Kalfatovic &Nancy E. GwinnSmithsonian LibrariesBiodiversity Heritage LibraryInternational Relations Round Table | ALA28 June 02013 | Chicago,
  2. 2. Good morning‫الخير‬ ‫صباح‬Bon Jour¡Buenos días!Bom diaHabari ya asubuhiGoeie môre
  3. 3. The cultivation ofnatural science cannotbe efficiently carriedon without referenceto an extensive libraryCharles Darwin, et al(1847)‫‏‬The Wherefore of BHL
  4. 4. Specimen collectionsDatabasesPublicationsObservations‘Gray’‫‏‬literatureIndex cardsField notebooksTaxonomic Impediment
  5. 5. Technology Library ScienceBiodiversity Heritage Library
  6. 6. 15‫‏‬institutions‫…‏‬Formed‫‏‬in‫6002‏‬15 Members•Academy of Natural Sciences Libraryand Archives•American Museum of Natural HistoryLibrary•California Academy of Sciences Library•Cornell University Library•The Field Museum Library•Harvard University Botany Libraries•Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum ofComparative Zoology•Library of Congress•Marine Biological Laboratory and WoodsHole Oceanographic Institution Library•Missouri Botanical Garden Library•Natural History Museum, London, Library& Archives•The New York Botanical Garden•Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, Library &Archives•Smithsonian Institution Libraries•United States Geological SurveyLibraries
  7. 7. SecretariatTechnicalMember operationsBHL Expenditures
  8. 8. 2012 BHL Member In-kind Staff FTE & Costs (incomplete)14.193 FTE from the 14 member institutions$1,239,300 staff and other costs(does not include Secretariat or Technical staff)
  9. 9. 2012 BHL Central Support7.055 FTE 4.43 FTETechnical2.625 FTESecretariatStaff$316,053Other$ 78,477Total$394,531Staff$472,529Other$ 22,615Total$495,144
  10. 10. 40,882,939 pages114,336 items60,200 titles15 June 2013Content Growth2007-2013
  11. 11. I am thrilled with what I have been able to findre: archaic mammary embryology some ofwhich I had been hoping to find at the NationalLibrary of Medicine, and to get it through yourprogram was a huge advantage. Last night Ibelieve I requested and received 11 PDFs, allof which are essential to a review paper* I amcompleting.Olav T. Oftedal PhDSmithsonian Environmental Research Center*‫“‏‬Evo-Devo‫‏‬of‫‏‬the‫‏‬Mammary‫‏‬Gland”‫‏‬by‫‏‬Oftedal,‫‏‬et‫‏‬al.Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia (May 2013)
  12. 12. 233 countriesUsers in 233 Countries
  13. 13. User Statistics: 2007 - 2012Visitors: 3,628,088Page Views: 17,604,395New vs. Returning: 48.88% vs. 50.12%20072012112,584 visitors | March 2012
  14. 14. TheMachineIsUs/ingUs<Responsexmlns:xsi=""xmlns:xsd=""><Status>ok</Status><Result><Item><ItemID>16800</ItemID><Volume/><Contributor>MBLWHOI Library</Contributor><Sponsor>MBLWHOI Library</Sponsor><Language>English</Language><LicenseUrl/><Rights/><DueDiligence/><CopyrightStatus/><CopyrightRegion/></Item>
  15. 15. 3.8 million total views | 63,000 images (13 Feb 13)
  16. 16. FacebookTotal Page Likes: 4,384Twitter @ BioDivLibraryTotal Followers: 2,369Pinterest2,373 images & 16 collectionsBlogTotal Visits: 9,096(2Q13)BHL Social MediaFebruary 2013
  17. 17. Scanning Locally, Collaborating GloballyThe Biodiversity Heritage LibraryRecent Awards> ComputerWorld Laureate 2013> Council on Botanical and Horticulture Libraries Charles RobertLong Award for Extraordinary Merit, 2013
  18. 18. Trish Rose-Sandler, Missouri Botanical GardenDLF Forum 2012 Denver CO Art of Life project
  19. 19. BHL Africa Launch | Pretoria | April 2013
  20. 20. Global BHL Steering CommitteeAugust 2011 Vice Chair SecretaryChair
  21. 21. Looking ForwardIn any well-appointedNatural History Librarythere should be foundevery book and everyedition of every bookdealing in the remotestway with the subjectsconcerned.Charles Davies SherbornEpilogue to Index Animalium, March 1922
  22. 22. Discussion TopicsFundingOrganizationTechnicalSustainabilityContentStaffing
  23. 23. “ThankyoumuchforyourWhat an absolutely wonderful site.It is a treasure trove of information.Thank you!May I compliment you on this splendid service? TheLibrarys invaluable for my work on seasonalvariability of climate and vector-borne disease inBritish India, 1875-1940.I really appreciate your work. The Biodiversity HeritageLibrary is an excellent resource that regularly helps myassistant and I obtain original descriptions for plants .... Ifeel so privileged to be working in a day in age when suchresources are so readily available and easy to obtain.
  24. 24. Thank You!Find us at:Twitter@BioDivLibblog.biodiversitylibrary.orgwww.biodiversitylibrary.orgBHL @ FacebookFlickr