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Building Botanical Literature Collections for Global Use: Highlights from BHL


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Botanical content and collections in BHL and use cases for literature and archives in botanical research

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Building Botanical Literature Collections for Global Use: Highlights from BHL

  1. 1. Building Botanical Literature Collections for Global Use Highlights from the Biodiversity Heritage Library Carolyn Sheffield Program Manager, BHL 25 July | IBC 2017
  2. 2. BHL Members •  New York Botanical Garden, LuEsther T. Mertz Library •  Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library •  Harvard University Botany Libraries •  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Library, Art & Archives •  BHL Australia, incl. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria •  BHL Singapore, incl. Singapore Botanic Gardens BHL Affiliates •  BHL China, Led by Institute of Botany at the Chinese Academy of Sciences •  Chicago Botanic Garden, Lenhardt Library •  Arboretum Library at Los Angeles County Arboretum Major Botanical Contributors
  3. 3. BHL’s major botanical library partners have contributed: •  19,537 items (volumes) •  7,150,054 pages
  4. 4. 7th most accessed item in BHL from July 1 – June 30 2,217 visits Contributed by Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library Botanical content among Top 10 most accessed items in BHL!
  5. 5. “I am pretty sure I exclaimed ‘this is amazing!’ out loud as soon as I discovered BHL, and I immediately bookmarked it in my browser. As a non-profit society, CNPS doesn’t have sufficient funds to subscribe to online journal databases. BHL helps fill this void by providing such resources freely to the public.” Aaron Sims Rare Plant Botanist California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
  6. 6. Botanical Libraries •  Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University •  Cherokee Garden Library, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center •  Tower Hill Botanic Garden Library •  University of Washington Botanic Gardens •  Vascular Plant Herbarium, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University Other botanical/horticultural organizations •  American Fern Society •  Arkansas Native Plant Society •  California Native Plant Society (several chapters) •  Colorado Native Plant Society •  Delaware Native Plant Society •  Hardy Fern Foundation •  Idaho Native Plant Society •  Illinois Native Plant Society •  International Carnivorous Plant Society •  International Hoya Association •  Long Island Botanical Society •  Northern California Botanists •  Northwest Horticultural Society •  Pennsylvania Horticultural Society •  Southern California Botanists •  Tennessee Native Plant Society •  Virginia Native Plant Society •  Western Carolina Botanical Club •  Wyoming Native Plant Society EABL Botanical Contributors
  7. 7. Early Land Plants and the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation ”…BHL has had a fundamental impact to our work and greatly accelerated our research efforts. BHL has saved us, literally, months and months of total hours of labour-intensive work. At the peak of when we were researching for the checklist, we would access BHL dozens of times a day.” Dr. Matt von Konrat Head of Botanical Collections, Adjunct Curator, and McCarter Collections Manager (Bryophytes and Pteridophytes) Field Museum
  8. 8. Botanical Collections Seed & Nursery Catalogs: 33,564 volumes Joseph Dalton Hooker: 268 volumes Engelmann Herbarium: 107 volumes hNp://
  9. 9. Field Notes & Botany BHL Field Notes Project: 291 volumes Smithsonian Field Books: 243 volumes Engelmann Papers: 1038 volumes Growing number of archival and field note collec6ons, including botanical coverage
  10. 10. Martin Gorman, Alaska 1902
  11. 11. Nigel Hall and MarRn Rickard. Fern books and related items in English before 1900. London BriRsh Pteridological Society, 2006. CollecRons Analysis: Ferns By Jacqueline E. Chapman and Robin Everly By Becca Greenstein Originally evaluated in 2015 Re-evaluated progress in 2016
  12. 12. 2 Years: $370,756 Foundations to Actions: A National Digital Stewardship Residency Project Pam McClanahan Smithsonian Libraries Marissa Kings Los Angeles County KaRe Mika Harvard, Ernst Mayr Library & Museum Archives Alicia Esquivel Chicago Botanic Garden Ariadne Rehbein Missouri Botanical CollecFon Analysis TranscripFons Image Search Best PracFces User Needs
  13. 13. Rejuvenating Centuries’ Old Botany with Phytogeography "I feel [BHL] is just one step in the full digitization and semantic annotation of biodiversity literature. I'd like to be able to add annotations [to BHL]. [The ability to] search by location name and taxon name would be useful, even if the location names were only countries. It might [also] be useful to have the ability to add internal links within BHL to connect citations within one document to their source in BHL.” Dr. Quentin Groom Research Assistant Botanic Garden Meise, Belgium
  14. 14. User Needs
  15. 15. Thank You! Questions? Carolyn Sheffield 25 July | IBC 2017 Stay Connected with BHL! Follow @BioDivLibrary on social media Join our Mailing List: