Library to Library: Sharing America's Smithsonian


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Presentation given at the 2002 Computers in School Libraries conference (Washington, DC) with Suzanne C. Pilsk

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  • Ask group questions: Who here knew the Smithsonian had a library? – Who here knew that the Smithsonian had LIBRARIES? (Trick question…) Who has visited the Smithsonian? Who has ever visited the Smithsonian Web site? Who has visited the Smithsonian LIBRARIES website?
  • Library to Library: Sharing America's Smithsonian

    1. 1. Library to Library Sharing America’s Smithsonian Suzanne C. Pilsk Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Institution Libraries
    2. 2. Some Smithsonian History At his death in 1829, English Scientist James Smithson bequeathed his estate to the United States with three stipulations …
    3. 3. Some Smithsonian History <ul><li>be named the &quot;Smithsonian Institution&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>be located in Washington, D.C. </li></ul><ul><li>and serve the &quot;Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge&quot; </li></ul>That the entity ...
    4. 4. Some Smithsonian History After much debate in the U.S. Congress, the bequest was accepted in 1846, 11 years after the contingency clause took effect … but what form would the Institution take?
    5. 5. Some Smithsonian History <ul><li>A National University? </li></ul><ul><li>A Museum? </li></ul><ul><li>A National Observatory? </li></ul><ul><li>A National Scientific Institute? </li></ul><ul><li>A Great Library? </li></ul>
    6. 6. Some Smithsonian History <ul><li>Well, as you </li></ul><ul><li>now know, the </li></ul><ul><li>Smithsonian </li></ul><ul><li>became a bit of </li></ul><ul><li>everything! </li></ul>
    7. 7. Some Smithsonian Facts & Figures <ul><li>140 million objects (345,000 object acquired in 2001) </li></ul><ul><li>31 million visits (2000) 28.9 million visits (2001) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Some Smithsonian Facts & Figures <ul><li>19 million visitors to SI websites (2001) </li></ul><ul><li>FY 2002 Budget: $750 million ($528 million Federal and $222 million Trust) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Smithsonian Libraries The Smithsonian has had a library since it’s founding … but the form of the library has changed over the years …
    10. 10. Smithsonian Libraries Charles Coffin Jewett , the first librarian of the Smithsonian, made important contributions to the field of cooperative cataloging ...
    11. 11. Smithsonian Libraries A fire in the Smithsonian Castle in 1866 led then Secretary Joseph Henry to “deposit” the collection at the Library of Congress
    12. 12. Smithsonian Libraries Facts & Figures <ul><li>Founded in 1968 </li></ul><ul><li>1.4 million volumes </li></ul><ul><li>Over 300,000 pieces of trade literature </li></ul><ul><li>40,000 rare books </li></ul>
    13. 13. Smithsonian Libraries Facts & Figures <ul><li>About 20 libraries between New York and Panama </li></ul><ul><li>Over 100 staff </li></ul>
    14. 14. Smithsonian Libraries <ul><li>An array of services to researchers, administrators, visiting scholars, general public, etc. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Smithsonian Libraries <ul><li>Launched in 1995, there were 657,000 visitors (14+ million hits) to Smithsonian Libraries’ websites in 2001. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Library Services <ul><li>Researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Scholars </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators </li></ul>Smithsonian Libraries serves a varied community:
    17. 17. Library Services But not you! Generally speaking, our collection policy does not cover K-12
    18. 18. Library Services Still, our online catalog includes more than just monographs and serials. It may include resources of interest to you and school staff.
    19. 19. Library Catalog
    20. 20. Library Catalog
    21. 21. SIRIS <ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Archives & Manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>Juley Photo Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized Bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Art Inventories </li></ul><ul><li>Smithsonian Chronology </li></ul>
    22. 22. SIRIS
    23. 23. SIL’s Online Products <ul><li>Exhibitions (online and gallery) </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Digitized books and collections </li></ul>
    24. 24. Online Products
    25. 25. Education Products In addition to created K-12 resources, Smithsonian Libraries provides them for online projects.
    26. 26. Education Products Print <ul><li>Educator’s Toolkit </li></ul><ul><li>Smithsonian Resource Guide for Educators </li></ul><ul><li>Smithsonian In Your Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Artifact & Analysis </li></ul>
    27. 27. Education Products Print <ul><li>Smithsonian Field Trip Guide for Educators </li></ul><ul><li>Museums & Learning: A Guide for Family Visits </li></ul>
    28. 28. Education Products Online
    29. 29. Education Products Online
    30. 30. Lesson Plans
    31. 31. Library to Library?
    32. 32. Questions?
    33. 33. Together we can feast!
    34. 34.
    35. 35. Library to Library Sharing America’s Smithsonian Suzanne C. Pilsk Martin R. Kalfatovic Smithsonian Institution Libraries