Digitization in Support of Services @ Smithsonian Libraries (March)


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Digitization in Support of Services @ Smithsonian Libraries. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board Orientation. Washington, DC. 3 March 2014.

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Digitization in Support of Services @ Smithsonian Libraries (March)

  1. 1. William Henry Holmes, Chief, Bureau of American Ethnology, ca. 1905
  2. 2. Smithsonian Libraries, Natural History Main Library, ca. 2013
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. Mass digitization of Smithsonian Libraries collections aligns with the overall Smithsonian digitization strategy and remains a center of excellence for rapid digitization at the Smithsonian
  6. 6. Members‫‏…‏‬BHL‫‏‬Singapore‫‏‬is‫41#‏‬ 14 Members • American Museum of Natural History • BHL Singapore • 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 • Natural History Museum, London • The New York Botanical Garden • Royal Botanic Garden, Kew • Smithsonian Institution Libraries • United States Geological Survey Libraries • Washington University of St. Louis
  7. 7. Affiliates Affiliates Academy of Natural Sciences Philadelphia at Drexel University The Field Museum Library Newest Affiliate:
  8. 8. Technology Library Science Biodiversity Heritage Library
  9. 9. Specimen collections Databases Publications Observations ‘Gray’‫‏‬literature Index cards Field notebooks Taxonomic Impediment
  10. 10. Problems of Mass Digitization of Library Materials
  11. 11. 42,498,407 pages 130,484 volumes 71,945 titles 4 February 201 Content Growth 2007-2014
  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. User Statistics: 2007 - 2013 Visitors: 3,628,088 Page Views: 17,604,395 New vs. Returning: 50.06% vs. 49.04% 2007 2013 146,798 visitors | November 2012
  14. 14. 233 countriesUsers in 233 Countries
  15. 15. 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>
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 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. Last night I believe I requested and received 11 PDFs, all of which are essential to a review paper* I am completing. Olav T. Oftedal PhD Smithsonian Environmental Research Center *‫“‏‬Evo-Devo‫‏‬of‫‏‬the‫‏‬Mammary‫‏‬Gland”‫‏‬by‫‏‬Oftedal,‫‏‬et‫‏‬al. Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia (May 2013)
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. Web Services | Digital Library
  20. 20. Not just Biodiversity … The Cultural Heritage Library: Over 5,000 items The Catholic Sioux Herald (very fragile and unique) Dibner Heralds of Science Upcott scrapbook of Aeronautica & Aeronautical sheet music Rare materials from the Cooper-Hewitt NDM Library AnthroNotes Smithsonian Budget Books & Congressional Hearings
  22. 22. Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 2012 2013 2014 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 2012 2013 2014 Digitization is still increasing, too 37,283 total items digitized 130,375 total items digitized
  24. 24. Smithsonian Transcription Center - BETA
  25. 25. The current item being transcribed is‫‏‬William‫‏‬Upcott’s‫‏‬scrapbook‫‏‬of‫‏‬ early aeronautica, which documents some of the earliest ballooning experiments and aerial voyages, with items dating back to 1783 and the birth of ballooning. The scrapbook is 324 pages and is currently 43 % transcribed (138 pages completed) with 35 contributing volunteers working on it. The scrapbook is a good example of an item representing world culture, and is held in the NASM Ramsey rare book collection.
  26. 26. The worth and importance of the Institution is not to be estimated by what it accumulates within the walls of its building, but by what it sends forth to the world. Joseph Henry, 1853
  27. 27. Followership is GROWING! 7709 17754 5508 10784 TWITTER FACEBOOKFY2013 FY2012 ⇧65% growth ⇧40% growth AS OF TODAY… 20,411 followers on TWITTER 8,208 likes on FACEBOOK 12% GROWTH FY2013
  28. 28. PAGEVIEWS, Oct 1 2012 to Present 198235 146764 FY2013FY2012 ⇧35% increase Google featured Maria Sibylla Merian as their Doodle. Second result was the Libraries! Pageview Growth on blog.library.si.edu More people are coming to our blog AS OF TODAY… 12% GROWTH
  29. 29. Expanding into New Platforms Created official guidelines this month Officially launched the start of FY2013
  30. 30. Gaining 30,000+ New Followers on Tumblr A microblog with a social component & big visual emphasis, i.e. GIFS!
  31. 31. While Gaining 30,000 New Followers 360 16983 20123 31756 OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB First feature on Radar: Gif Featured Blog
  32. 32. 18K 5.5K 2.9K 1.5K 4.8K Radar = Exposure 5.2K • Companies can $25,000 to be featured • Tumblr curated & widely viewed • We’ve been featured 8 times!
  33. 33. Thank you!