Who lives/lived here?
Linnaeus classified ~ 15,000 plants and animals
in the course of his publication
Today, the EOL lists 1,303,873 species pages
Specimen collections
Databases
Publications
Observations
‘Gray’ literature
Index cards
DNA sequences
Field notebooks
Taxon...
In earlier times, all the information about
species could be found in one place
What if we could tackle just a bit of this
problem … books?
The Wherefore of BHL
In any well-appointed
Natural History Library
there should be found
every book and every
edition of e...
So what if we could assemble this
Library … digitally?
2006 BHL is created
10 US and UK partners
Technology Library Science
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Problems of Mass Digitization of Library Materials
Mass digitization of Smithsonian Libraries collections aligns
with the overall Smithsonian digitization strategy and remai...
Reclassification of “Sperm Whale” over time
Problems of Taxonomic Science
20 Members and Affiliates
16 Members
• American Museum of Natural History
• California Academy of Sciences Library
• Corne...
Secretariat and Technical Staff
August 2011Program Director
Program Manager
Collections Coordinator
Outreach Manager
Techn...
Global BHL
BHL Central | BHL Africa | BHL Australia | BHL Brasil | BHL
China | BHL Egypt | BHL Europe | BHL Singapore
Global BHL Steering Committee
August 2011 Vice Chair SecretaryChair
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Global Governance
Major External
Sources of Funding
• Secretariat and admin costs
• Technical development
• Central funds for scanning etc.
• Total:
– ~US$583,000 / year
• Sm...
2013 BHL Member In-kind Staff FTE & Costs (incomplete)
16.95 FTE from the 15 member institutions
$1,464,378 staff and othe...
Fundraising Plans
Continue to build our pipeline of
annual donors
Continue to use social media for
“soft asks” repurposing...
44,044,927 pages
139,964 items
77,510 titles
25 June 2014
Content Growth
2007-2014
2007
2014
146,798 visitors | November 2012
User Statistics: 2013 – 2014 (March)
Unique Visitors: 664,645 / 55,387 per mont...
233 countriesUsers in 245 Countries
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35,231 mobile visits (45% iPad)
March 2012 – March 2013
36,928 visits from
social media to BHL in
2013
13,400 visits from BHL’s own
blog, Facebook, and Twitter
accounts
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services
($174,724 for US partners)
Partners: Center for Biodiversity Informatics,...
24+ million total views | 89K + images (March 2014)
Field Notes and Archival Materials
Increase agreements
with publishers of in
copyright materials
US Titles: 249
UK Titles: 69
TOTAL TITLES: 318
US Licensors:...
Awards
2013 ComputerWorld Award
2013 Council of Botanical and Horticulture
Libraries
2011 Thackray Medal by the Society...
Bouchout Declaration Signatory
http://bouchoutdeclaration.org/
Our natural world is a source of food, water, resources,
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The cultivation of
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The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Collaborating Globally, Scanning Locally
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Collaborating Globally, Scanning Locally
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Collaborating Globally, Scanning Locally
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Collaborating Globally, Scanning Locally
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Collaborating Globally, Scanning Locally
The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Collaborating Globally, Scanning Locally
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  1. 1. Who lives/lived here?
  2. 2. Linnaeus classified ~ 15,000 plants and animals in the course of his publication
  3. 3. Today, the EOL lists 1,303,873 species pages
  4. 4. Specimen collections Databases Publications Observations ‘Gray’ literature Index cards DNA sequences Field notebooks Taxonomic Impediment
  5. 5. In earlier times, all the information about species could be found in one place
  6. 6. What if we could tackle just a bit of this problem … books?
  7. 7. The Wherefore of BHL 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
  8. 8. So what if we could assemble this Library … digitally?
  9. 9. 2006 BHL is created 10 US and UK partners
  10. 10. Technology Library Science Biodiversity Heritage Library
  11. 11. Problems of Mass Digitization of Library Materials
  12. 12. Mass digitization of Smithsonian Libraries collections aligns with the overall Smithsonian digitization strategy and remains a center of excellence for rapid digitization at the SI Problems of Library Metadata
  13. 13. Reclassification of “Sperm Whale” over time Problems of Taxonomic Science
  14. 14. 20 Members and Affiliates 16 Members • American Museum of Natural History • California Academy of Sciences Library • Cornell University Library • Harvard University Botany Libraries • Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology • Library of Congress • Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library • Missouri Botanical Garden Library • National Library Board (Singapore) • Natural History Museum, London • The New York Botanical Garden • Royal Botanic Garden, Kew • Smithsonian Libraries • United States Geological Survey Libraries • Washington University of St. Louis • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 4 Affiliates •Academy of Natural Sciences •The Field Museum • Natural History Museum, LA County • Chicago Botanic Garden
  15. 15. Secretariat and Technical Staff August 2011Program Director Program Manager Collections Coordinator Outreach Manager Technical Director Programmer Data Analyst
  16. 16. Global BHL BHL Central | BHL Africa | BHL Australia | BHL Brasil | BHL China | BHL Egypt | BHL Europe | BHL Singapore
  17. 17. Global BHL Steering Committee August 2011 Vice Chair SecretaryChair Biodiversity Heritage Library Global Governance
  18. 18. Major External Sources of Funding
  19. 19. • Secretariat and admin costs • Technical development • Central funds for scanning etc. • Total: – ~US$583,000 / year • Smithsonian funding • Grants to member institutions • Annual dues (US$10,000) from Members • Donations (~US$5,000 year/average) INCOME EXPENSES Funding Sources Central Expenses
  20. 20. 2013 BHL Member In-kind Staff FTE & Costs (incomplete) 16.95 FTE from the 15 member institutions $1,464,378 staff and other costs (does not include Secretariat or Technical staff)
  21. 21. Fundraising Plans Continue to build our pipeline of annual donors Continue to use social media for “soft asks” repurposing text/themes of appeals Work with the Smithsonian’s Office of Foundation Relations to put together major gift ($100K-500K) proposals to several foundations Continue other grant opportunities for partners
  22. 22. 44,044,927 pages 139,964 items 77,510 titles 25 June 2014 Content Growth 2007-2014
  23. 23. 2007 2014 146,798 visitors | November 2012 User Statistics: 2013 – 2014 (March) Unique Visitors: 664,645 / 55,387 per month Page Views: 3,741,640 New vs. Returning: 54.94% vs. 45.06%
  24. 24. 233 countriesUsers in 245 Countries
  25. 25. TheMachineIsUs/ingUs <Response xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema- instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"> <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>
  26. 26. 87,594 mobile visits (32% iPad) March 2013 – March 2014 35,231 mobile visits (45% iPad) March 2012 – March 2013
  27. 27. 36,928 visits from social media to BHL in 2013 13,400 visits from BHL’s own blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts
  28. 28. Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services ($174,724 for US partners) Partners: Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden, (US); National Centre for Text Mining, University of Manchester, (UK); Big Data Analytics Institute and Social Media Lab, Dalhousie University, (CAN). Also participating: Smithsonian Institutions and Encyclopedia of Life.
  29. 29. 24+ million total views | 89K + images (March 2014)
  30. 30. Field Notes and Archival Materials
  31. 31. Increase agreements with publishers of in copyright materials US Titles: 249 UK Titles: 69 TOTAL TITLES: 318 US Licensors: 92 UK Licensors: 41 TOTAL LICENSORS: 133 October 2013
  32. 32. Awards 2013 ComputerWorld Award 2013 Council of Botanical and Horticulture Libraries 2011 Thackray Medal by the Society for the History of Natural History 2010 ALCTS award for outstanding collaboration
  33. 33. Bouchout Declaration Signatory http://bouchoutdeclaration.org/ Our natural world is a source of food, water, resources, protection and enjoyment that our society needs. The richness and complexity of nature, and the speed of new discoveries made possible by genomic and digital technologies, challenge us to find new ways to benefit from and be better custodians of the natural world. Digital information management systems can bring together the wealth of information now dispersed in a myriad of different documents, institutions, and locations. With such systems, we can harness the benefits of rapid discovery and open up our legacy of over 260 years of biological observations.
  34. 34. “ T h a n k y o u m u c h f o r y o u r h e I would like to thank your team for bringing this world of literature to my desk. Currently I am using much of your 18-20th century works to complete a rather difficult task for an Australian Government project. With this access the work could never be accomplished. Many, many thanks
  35. 35. “ T h a n k y o u m u c h f o r y o u r h e I really appreciate your work. The Biodiversity Heritage Library is an excellent resource that regularly helps my assistant and I obtain original descriptions for plants .... I feel so privileged to be working in a day in age when such resources are so readily available and easy to obtain.
  36. 36. “ T h a n k y o u m u c h f o r y o u r h e May I compliment you on this splendid service? The Library's invaluable for my work on seasonal variability of climate and vector-borne disease in British India, 1875-1940.
  37. 37. I am thrilled with what I have been able to find re: archaic mammary embryology some of which I had been hoping to find at the National Library of Medicine, and to get it through your program was a huge advantage
  38. 38. The cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without reference to an extensive library Charles Darwin, et al (1847) The Wherefore of BHL
  39. 39. Looking Forward 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
  40. 40. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity ..,
  41. 41. … from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
  42. 42. Community / Partnership / Science / Content
  43. 43. Thank you!

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