Biodiversity Heritage Library Update: Smithsonian Institution Libraries (January - September 2007)


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Presentation at BHL meeting, Missouri Botanical Garden. 12 September 2007 by Martin R. Kalfatovic

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Biodiversity Heritage Library Update: Smithsonian Institution Libraries (January - September 2007)

  1. 1. Biodiversity Heritage Library Update Smithsonian Institution Libraries January – September 2007 Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Institution Libraries 12 September 2007
  2. 2. Funding August 2007 SIL received $200,000 for FY 2007-08 from the Under Secretary for Science from the Seidell Fund to support BHL activities
  3. 3. Organizational 11 April 2007 Organizational. Smithsonian Institution Libraries forms the SIL BHL Task force comprised of eight staff and charged with overseeing all SIL BHL related activities
  4. 4. Organizational <ul><li>Marcia Adams, Assistant Director for Technical Services </li></ul><ul><li>Laudine Creighton, Administrative Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Ann Juneau, Librarian, Natural and Physical Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Eliza Gilligan, Head, Preservation Services and Chief Conservator </li></ul><ul><li>Keri Thompson, Digital Projects Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Suzanne Pilsk, Metadata Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Courtney Shaw, Invertebrate Zoology Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Martin Kalfatovic, Head, New Media Office (Chair) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Staffing <ul><li>September 2007. SIL begin the process of hiring a library technician to support BHL activities </li></ul>
  6. 6. Scribe Scanning <ul><li>5 May 2007. The Smithsonian Scribe machine arrived in Washington </li></ul><ul><li>15 August 2007. Internet Archive staffer Melissa Bell arrives in Washington </li></ul><ul><li>20 August 2007. Scanning begins in earnest at the Smithsonian </li></ul>
  7. 9. Scribe Scanning <ul><li>Scanning Stats (through September 10, 2007): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>38 volumes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12,574 pages </li></ul></ul>
  8. 10. Scribe Scanning <ul><li>184 items on picklists - starting 8/2 ending 9/6 (one month!) </li></ul><ul><li>111 items selected for scanning (in process) </li></ul><ul><li>84 rejects (on further notice, or by the scanner) </li></ul><ul><li>2 copyright post 1923 (bib data did not match item data, puller didn't look at item closely) </li></ul><ul><li>7 foldouts </li></ul><ul><li>4 NOS, recalled </li></ul><ul><li>39 out of scope (mostly dictionaries and atlases) </li></ul><ul><li>4 non book (rejected in picklist before going to shelf) </li></ul>
  9. 11. Scribe Scanning <ul><li>24 dups (including c.2s and items already scanned by SI) </li></ul><ul><li>2 rejected by scanner for tight margins </li></ul><ul><li>2 rejected by scanner for size limitations </li></ul><ul><li>3 rejected by SI conservator because they were too brittle/falling apart etc. </li></ul><ul><li>35 have been scanned </li></ul><ul><li>22 have been &quot;curated&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>of the 13 that haven't been curated yet, 5 have truncated metadata and 5 have incorrect metadata (bound-withs) </li></ul>
  10. 12. Meetings <ul><li>11 February 2007. Martin Kalfatovic (Smithsonian), Chris Freeland (MOBOT), Cathy Norton (MBLWHOI), and Neil Sarkar (MBLWHOI) attended the EOL Informatics Workshop meeting at Woods Hole, Mass. </li></ul>
  11. 13. Meetings <ul><li>16 February 2007. Martin Kalfatovic (Smithsonian), Chris Freeland (MOBOT), and Neil Sarkar (MBLWHOI) attended the Data Curation meeting held at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign </li></ul>
  12. 14. Meetings <ul><li>10 May 2007. The BHL Executive Board met in Washington, DC </li></ul>
  13. 15. EOL Launch <ul><li>9 May 2007. Washington, D.C. BHL Members present: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marine Biological Laboratory/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Cathy Norton </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Missouri Botanical Garden: Chuck Miller, Chris Freeland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural History Museum: Graham Higley </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smithsonian: Nancy Gwinn, Mary Augusta Thomas, Marcia Adams, Tom Garnett, Martin Kalfatovic, Keri Thompson, Suzanne Pilsk </li></ul></ul>
  14. 17. Presentations <ul><li>21 January 2007. Suzanne Pilsk gave an overview of metadata needs for the BHL at the Networked Resources and Metadata Interest Group meeting in at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Seattle, WA </li></ul><ul><li>12 April 2007. “Biodiversity Heritage Library” by Tom Garnett, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. National Museum of Natural History Board, Science Committee. Washington, DC </li></ul>
  15. 18. Presentations <ul><li>8 May 2007. “The Biodiversity Heritage Library: A Cornerstone of the Encyclopedia of Life” by Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The Field Museum of Natural History. Chicago, IL. </li></ul>
  16. 19. Presentations <ul><li>15 May 2007. “Presentation. Open Access to Biodiversity Literature: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Tom Garnett and Martin R. Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Institution Libraries. American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Council Meeting. Washington, DC. </li></ul>
  17. 20. Presentations <ul><li>25 June 25 2007. SIL hosted as BHL member staff gave presentations to a group of about 50 librarians attending the American Library Association Annual meeting in Washington, DC.: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Martin R. Kalfatovic, SIL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>John Mignault, NYBG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Robert Miller, Internet Archive </li></ul></ul>
  18. 21. Picture Credits <ul><li>Plates and other historical images available from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries' Galaxy of Images: </li></ul><ul><li>Additional images from Biodiversity Heritage Library events can be found at: </li></ul><ul><li>Other photography: Martin R. Kalfatovic </li></ul>