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Free and Open Access to Biodiversity Literature: An Introduction to the Biodiversity Heritage Library

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BHL Overview and Demo presented at the Mpala Research Centre, May 22, 2017

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Free and Open Access to Biodiversity Literature: An Introduction to the Biodiversity Heritage Library

  1. 1. Free & Open Access to Biodiversity Literature An Introduction to the Biodiversity Heritage Library Carolyn Sheffield BHL Program Manager
  2. 2. “The cultivation of natural history cannot be efficiently carried out without reference to an extensive library.” Charles Darwin, et al (1847)
  3. 3. Natural history literature and archives contain information that is critical to studying life on Earth. SPECIES DESCRIPTIONS DISTRIBUTION RECORDS HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY CLIMATE RECORDS INFORMATION ON EXTINCT SPECIES SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATIONS ECOSYSTEM PROFILES SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATIONS
  4. 4. “Science is all about disseminating knowledge and building upon what has come before, yet so much of our knowledge of plants and animals has remained inaccessible to those who could make use of it. This has been a big part of the ‘taxonomic impediment.’” Dr. John Sullivan Evolutionary Biologist Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia Cornell University
  5. 5. The Biodiversity Heritage Library is providing free and open online access to library collections from around the world.
  6. 6. Inspiring Discovery through Free Access to Biodiversity Knowledge 10 years of inspiring discovery 15th-21st centuries through free & open access to biodiversity literature & archives from the Mission The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.
  7. 7. The Biodiversity Heritage Library (www.biodiversitylibrary.org) is an open access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives.
  8. 8. 51+MILLION PAGES TITLES VOLUMES 119,000+ 201,000+ 175+MILLIONINSTANCES OF TAXONOMIC NAMES 615+IN-COPYRIGHT TITLES LICENSED FOR BHL AGREEMENTS WITH 260+ LICENSORS *Stats as of May 2017
  9. 9. BHL is a Global Consortium 18MEMBERS AS OF MAY 2017 17AFFILIATES 60+ WORLDWIDE PARTNERS
  10. 10. *As of May 2017 MEMBERS •  American Museum of Natural History Library •  BHL Australia •  BHL México •  Cornell University Library •  Field Museum of Natural History Library •  Harvard University Botany Libraries •  Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library •  Library of Congress •  The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, The New York Botanical Garden •  Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library •  Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle •  National Library Board, Singapore •  Natural History Museum Library, London •  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library, Art & Archives •  Smithsonian Libraries •  United States Geological Survey Libraries Program •  University Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign •  University of Toronto Libraries
  11. 11. *As of May 2017 AFFILIATES •  Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Library and Archives •  BHL Africa •  Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire - Lausanne •  California Academy of Sciences Library •  Canadian Museum of Nature •  Chicago Botanic Garden, Lenhardt Library •  Internet Archive •  Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden •  Marine Biological Laboratory/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library (MBLWHOI Library) •  Mendel Museum •  Narodni Museum (National Museum, Prague) •  Natural History Museum Los Angeles County •  Naturalis Biodiversity Center •  Smithsonian Institution Archives •  U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
  12. 12. *As of May 2017 BHL Africa KENYA •  African Conserva.on Centre •  Interna.onal Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology •  Kenya Wildlife Service •  Na.onal Museums of Kenya •  University of Nairobi SOUTH AFRICA •  South African Ins.tute of Aqua.c Biodiversity •  South African Na.onal Biodiversity Ins.tute •  University of Pretoria UGANDA •  Makerere University •  Na.onal Environment Management Authority •  Na.onal Library of Uganda: nlu.go.ug •  Uganda Na.onal Council for Science and Technology •  The Uganda Society
  13. 13. Executive Committee BHL GOVERNANCE BHL Members’ Council IMMEDIATE PAST-CHAIR Dr. Nancy E. Gwinn Smithsonian Libraries CHAIR Constance Rinaldo Harvard, Ernst Mayr Library, MCZ VICE-CHAIR Jane Smith Natural History Museum, London SECRETARY Doug Holland Missouri Botanical Garden
  14. 14. Secretariat BHL GOVERNANCE DIRECTOR Martin R. Kalfatovic Program Manager Carolyn Sheffield Collections Manager Bianca Crowley Outreach & Communication Manager Grace Costantino
  15. 15. Technical Advisory Group BHL GOVERNANCE Martin R. Kalfatovic BHL Program Director Carolyn Sheffield BHL Program Manager Mike Lichtenberg BHL Developer Joel Richard Smithsonian Libraries Susan Lynch The New York Botanical Garden
  16. 16. FUNDING SOURCES •  Federal Funding •  Federal allocation to Smithsonian Libraries •  Member and Affiliate Dues •  Institutional Endowments •  Grants •  Alfred P. Sloan Foundation •  Arcadia Fund •  Council on Library & Information Resources •  Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation •  Institute of Museum & Library Services •  JRS Foundation •  MacArthur Foundation •  Mellon Foundation •  National Endowment for the Humanities •  National Science Foundation (NSF) •  Richard Lounsbery Foundation •  Donations •  Institutional Subventions •  In-Kind Contributions
  17. 17. CASH & IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS DIRECT STAFF $1,424,792.54 VALUE OF MEMBER & AFFILIATE CONTRIBUTIONS 2016 OTHER $392,751.28 2015 VS 2016 TOTAL IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS 2015 $1,358,908.20 2016 $1,817,543.82 27.26 TOTAL MEMBER & AFFILIATE FTEs WORKING ON BHL IN 2016
  18. 18. “BHL provides access to literature that would otherwise be impossible to find or even know that it existed. It is important to have access to a biodiversity library that has done so well to document the past, as this is vital to our understanding of the future.” Dean Janiak Biologist Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
  19. 19. BHL usage across Africa 213,145 sessions over the last 5 years 18,750 of those from Kenya alone
  20. 20. BHL Africa Workshop Na.onal Museums of Kenya, September 24-26, 2015 22 BHL Africa content: 22,347 pages 101 items
  21. 21. 6.2+MILLION TOTAL USERS TO DATE AVERAGE MONTHLY USERS109,000+ 11.8+ MILLION TOTAL WEBSITE VISITS TO DATE AVERAGE MONTHLY VISITS197,000+ VISITS FROM 243COUNTRIES & TERRITORIES *Stats as of May 2017
  22. 22. 72,500+ TOTAL FOLLOWERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA TOTAL FOLLOWERS 13,000+ TOTAL FOLLOWERS 12,000+ TOTAL FOLLOWERS 35,800+ TOTAL FOLLOWERS 5,200+ AVERAGE MONTHLY READERS (CY17) 2,200+ FOLLOW @BIODIVLIBRARY *Stats as of May 2017 TOTAL FOLLOWERS 5,800+ TOTAL FOLLOWERS 700+
  23. 23. 110,000+ IMAGES IN FLICKR TOTAL IMAGES TAGGED32,900+ 243+MILLION TOTAL VIEWS ON IMAGES OF TOTAL FLICKR COLLECTION TAGGED TAGGED IMAGES IN EOL 30% 18,000+ BHL FLICKR NAMED 1 OF WIRED’S 27 MUST-FOLLOW FEEDS IN THE WORLD OF SCIENCE *Stats as of May 2017. WWW.FLICKR.COM/BIODIVLIBRARY
  24. 24. BHL collaborates with and contributes content to a variety of partners…
  25. 25. AWARDS •  Digital Library Federation (DLF) 2016 Community/Capacity Award (joint recipient with Archive of American Broadcasting). 2016 •  Internet Archive Hero Award. Global Leaders in Sharing Knowledge. 2015 •  Laureate. IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program. •  Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit. Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. 2013 •  Victorian Government Arts Leadership Recognition Award (BHL Australia). 2012 •  John Thackray Medal. The Society for the History of Natural History. 2011 •  Outstanding Collaboration Award. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). 2010
  26. 26. A Commitment to Open Access… BHL is a charter signatory of the Bouchout Declaration for Open Biodiversity Knowledge Management. Fundamental principles of the Declaration: Free & Open Use Policies to Foster Free & Open Access Persistent Identifiers Tracking Identifiers to Ensure Attribution Infrastructure, Standards & Protocols to Improve Access Linked Data Sustainable Knowledge Management Registers for Content & Services
  27. 27. SPECIES NAMED IN HONOR OF BHL Vargapupa biheli “We may think it is natural to have old literature online, but if we didn't, we would have serious trouble finding the relevant publications. Therefore I thought BHL definitely deserves a new species named after it for the help it provided.” DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3937.1.1 Dr. Barna Páll-Gergely
  28. 28. “BHL is radically changing the status quo and democratizing access to knowledge about biodiversity. Now anyone in the world has instant access to the original species description in a couple of clicks.” Dr. John Sullivan Evolutionary Biologist Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia Cornell University
  29. 29. Thank You! Questions? Carolyn Sheffield 22 May 2017 | Mpala Research Centre Stay Connected with BHL! Follow @BioDivLibrary on social media Join our Mailing List: library.si.edu/bhl-newsletter-signup

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