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Looking Forward: The Biodiversity Heritage Library: 2015-2016

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Looking Forward: The Biodiversity Heritage Library: 2015-2016. Martin R. Kalfatovic. BHL Annual Meeting, BHL Day. The Field Museum. Chicago, IL. 17 March 2015.

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Looking Forward: The Biodiversity Heritage Library: 2015-2016

  1. 1. The cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without reference to an extensive library Charles Darwin, et al (1847)
  2. 2. Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge
  3. 3. 2005 London
  4. 4. 2006 Washington
  5. 5. 2007 Washington
  6. 6. 2004 Chicago
  7. 7. The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community. Mission
  8. 8. Goals
  9. 9. Build and maintain the BHL as the largest reliable, reputable, and responsive repository of biodiversity literature and archival materials
  10. 10. Build and maintain the BHL as the largest reliable, reputable, and responsive repository of biodiversity literature and archival materials Develop services and tools which facilitate discovery and improve research efficiency of BHL content
  11. 11. Build and maintain the BHL as the largest reliable, reputable, and responsive repository of biodiversity literature and archival materials Develop services and tools which facilitate discovery and improve research efficiency of BHL content Increase global awareness about the BHL and biodiversity issues through outreach, learning and education, branding, and collaboration with existing and new user communities
  12. 12. Build and maintain the BHL as the largest reliable, reputable, and responsive repository of biodiversity literature and archival materials Develop services and tools which facilitate discovery and improve research efficiency of BHL content Increase global awareness about the BHL and biodiversity issues through outreach, learning and education, branding, and collaboration with existing and new user communities Grow BHL consortia membership and partnerships while fostering cross-institutional collaboration that continues to serve as a model for digital library development
  13. 13. Build and maintain the BHL as the largest reliable, reputable, and responsive repository of biodiversity literature and archival materials Develop services and tools which facilitate discovery and improve research efficiency of BHL content Increases our success through increased financial strength, effective administrative support, and organizational excellence Increase global awareness about the BHL and biodiversity issues through outreach, learning and education, branding, and collaboration with existing and new user communities Grow BHL consortia membership and partnerships while fostering cross-institutional collaboration that continues to serve as a model for digital library development
  14. 14. Build and maintain the BHL as the largest reliable, reputable, and responsive repository of biodiversity literature and archival materials Develop services and tools which facilitate discovery and improve research efficiency of BHL content Increase global awareness about the BHL and biodiversity issues through outreach, learning and education, branding, and collaboration with existing and new user communities Grow BHL consortia membership and partnerships while fostering cross-institutional collaboration that continues to serve as a model for digital library development Increases our success through increased financial strength, effective administrative support, and organizational excellence
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge
  17. 17. Ice Coverage Great Lakes Entire Great Lakes - 89 percent Lake Michigan - 73 percent 28 Feb 2015
  18. 18. "Normal" extinction rates, 1 species every 4 years
  19. 19. "Normal" extinction rates, 1 species every 4 years Today, 4 species per hour
  20. 20. Yet another physical difficulty is the task of assembling the library and indexes which will enable the student to work under proper conditions…. the beginner must now be prepared to spend liberally, or else must establish himself in an institution where a large library exists; if he work by himself with only a few books, he will have to confine himself to a very narrow specialty indeed. 'The Limitations of Taxonomy' by J.M. Aldrich, Science, April 22, 1927, vol. LXV, no. 1686, p.381
  21. 21. Thank You! @UDCMRK

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