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Usaf navy marine corps librarians 06 25-10

  1. 1. The Smithsonian Institution Libraries: A Snapshot Air Force/Navy/Marine Corps Librarians Marcia Adams [email_address] June 25, 2010
  2. 3. Where is the Smithsonian?
  3. 4. Who we are <ul><li>19 Museums & Galleries </li></ul><ul><li>9 Research Centers </li></ul><ul><li>18 Archives </li></ul><ul><li>1 Library system (20 branches ) </li></ul><ul><li>1 Zoo </li></ul>
  4. 5. 137.2 Million Objects 2 Million Digital Images 13 Million Digital Records Smithsonian Collections
  5. 6. Smithsonian Institution Libraries: A Snapshot
  6. 7. SIL-A Distributed Network <ul><li>20 libraries in Washington, DC; Edgewater and Suitland, MD; New York City; & Republic of Panama, supported by Central Services: </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisitions </li></ul><ul><li>Interlibrary loan </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata/Cataloging </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Services </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Development </li></ul><ul><li>109 Staff </li></ul>
  7. 8. Who Do We Serve? <ul><li>Smithsonian scientists, </li></ul><ul><li>curators, historians, researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting fellows, graduate stu- </li></ul><ul><li>dents, scholars, interns </li></ul><ul><li>Students in affiliated academic programs </li></ul><ul><li>Smithsonian educators and exhibition staff </li></ul><ul><li>Smithsonian management, docents, volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers world-wide and general public </li></ul>
  8. 9. SIL– The Profile <ul><li>1,793,668 million volumes </li></ul><ul><li>4,929 journal subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>3,054 electronic journals </li></ul><ul><li>& databases </li></ul><ul><li>238,051 collection images </li></ul><ul><li>on website </li></ul><ul><li>13,038 non-Smithsonian </li></ul><ul><li> library users </li></ul>
  9. 10. Library Spaces National Air and Space Museum National Museum of the American Indian
  10. 11. Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  11. 12. Book Conservation Laboratory
  12. 13. 50,000 Rare Books and Manuscripts
  13. 14. Digital Imaging Center
  14. 15. Historical Trade Literature--450,000 items—27,000 companies
  15. 16. Distinctive Collections “ Obviously I am spending TOOOOO much time in your terrific collection.”
  16. 17. Smithsonian Libraries on the Web <ul><li>Usage Statistics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3.5-4 million hits per month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>350-450,000 visitor sessions per month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>80% of users are non-Smithsonian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ 27% growth in use each year </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Collaboration Projects <ul><li>Development of a comprehensive digitization and access program for unencumbered photographic collections. </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of an internal single point of access to all Smithsonian collections information for staff. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Flickr Commons <ul><li>1900+ Images </li></ul><ul><li>Opened June 7, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 Archives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SI Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 Museums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Research Centers </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. Portraits of Scientists “ What a tremendous set of photographs. This was the first time I had seen the faces to go with many of those names. Thank you!”
  20. 21. Most Popular <ul><li>802 people call this photo a favorite </li></ul><ul><li>Viewed 37,853 times </li></ul>
  22. 23. Today’s Collections Search Center <ul><li>4.6 million records with 445,000 images, video and sound files, electronic journals and other resources </li></ul>
  23. 24. Today’s Collections Search Center <ul><li>9 Museums (15 collections) </li></ul><ul><li>12 Archives (some independent, some in museums) </li></ul><ul><li>7 Bibliographic Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Smithsonian Libraries Catalog </li></ul><ul><li>*Art and Artists Files </li></ul><ul><li>*Historical Trade Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Image Gallery (266,300 selected images) </li></ul>
  26. 29. Air & Space Museum Butterfly Natural History Museum
  27. 30. Smithsonian American Art Museum Butterfly Smithsonian Archives
  28. 31. Art & History Museums: Butterfly Black butterfly [music] Composer: Ellington, Duke 1899-1974. 1 conductor score and/or parts (Published sheet music), 31 cm 12 manuscripts….. 0
  29. 32. Library: Butterfly
  30. 33. Smithsonian 2.0 DIGITIZATION A Smithsonian Priority
  31. 35. <ul><li>MISSION </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide open access to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>biodiversity literature for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>scientists, researchers, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>students and public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>world-wide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>GOALS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digitize the core </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>published literature of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>biodiversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborate with the global </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>taxonomic community, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rights holders and others </li></ul></ul>“ The cultivation of natural science cannot be efficiently carried on without reference to an extensive library.” C. Darwin et al 1847
  32. 36. Biodiversity Heritage Library <ul><li>American Museum of Natural History (New York) </li></ul><ul><li>Field Museum (Chicago) </li></ul><ul><li>Natural History Museum (London) </li></ul><ul><li>Smithsonian Institution Libraries (Washington) </li></ul><ul><li>Missouri Botanical Garden (St. Louis) </li></ul><ul><li>New York Botanical Garden (New York) </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Botanic Garden, Kew </li></ul><ul><li>Botany Libraries, Harvard University </li></ul><ul><li>Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University </li></ul><ul><li>Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution </li></ul>
  33. 37. New Members: Academy of Natural Science (Philadelphia) California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) BHL – Europe Discussions underway with China and Australia
  34. 38. <ul><ul><li>Serve as the Secretariat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host the BHL Program Director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage the funds </li></ul></ul>The Biodiversity Heritage Library -- the largest collaboration yet undertaken by Smithsonian Libraries.
  35. 39. Biodiversity <ul><li>What is Biodiversity? </li></ul><ul><li>Genetic variability within species </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of species </li></ul><ul><li>Ecosystems and landscapes </li></ul>
  36. 40. Biodiversity Tools <ul><li>Specimen collections </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Observations </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Gray’ literature </li></ul><ul><li>Index cards </li></ul><ul><li>Field notebooks </li></ul>
  37. 41. Taxonomic Literature <ul><li>Taxonomic descriptions must be published for the name to be valid </li></ul><ul><li>Publications must be available to the public through trusted sources </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries have been the traditional place </li></ul>
  38. 42. BHL Focus: Literature
  39. 43. BHL Focus: Literature
  40. 44. How to make THIS into 0’s and 1’s
  41. 45. <ul><ul><li>Smithsonian publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entomology collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marine mammals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fishes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Selected special collections materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filling in behind other libraries </li></ul></ul>SIL – BHL Scanning
  42. 46. Scribe Machine Custom built by the Internet Archive Human-operated 3,500 pages per 8-hour shift per day
  43. 47. <ul><li>Washington, DC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Scribe machine at Smithsonian Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 Scribe FedScan facility at Library of Congress </li></ul></ul>
  44. 48. The BHL Portal!
  45. 49. BHL 2.0 <ul><li>BHL Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul>
  46. 51. Encyclopedia of Life … imagine for a moment that all the diversity of the world were finally revealed and then described, say one page to a species. The description would contain the scientific name, a photograph or drawing, a brief diagnosis, and information of where the species if found. If published in conventional book form … this Great Encyclopedia of Life would occupy 60 meters of library shelf per million species … 100 million species of organisms … would extend through 6 kilometers of shelving … E.O. Wilson (1992)
  47. 52. OH O H 2 N OH H Informatics Marine Biological Laboratory Missouri Botanical Garden Species Pages & Secretariat Smithsonian Education and Outreach Smithsonian & Harvard Synthesis Center Field Museum
  48. 53. Grants of $6 million for BHL from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur and Alfred P. Sloan Foundations (as part of the Encyclopedia of Life grant) Additional support from parent institutions Supplemental grants in place for specific development (e.g. Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation) Additional grants being actively pursued by BHL and individual members
  49. 54. A Global Library for Life 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
  50. 55. SIL links <ul><li>SIL Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul>
  51. 56. Thanks Nancy Gwinn, Director, SIL Tom Garnett, Project Director, BHL Martin Kalfatovic, Assist. Director, Digital Services, SIL
  52. 57. <ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul><ul><li>— Joseph Henry </li></ul><ul><li>the Smithsonian’s first Secretary, Smithsonian Annual Report, 1852 </li></ul>A Parting Thought