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Library DOs and DON'Ts

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A reminder on the proper use and handling of library materials.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries: Creating the Digital Library

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Overview of the Smithsonian Libraries digitization process; includes images of scanning equipment and collections scanning.

Reopening the Dibner Library of Science and Technology

National Museum of American History

The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Extensive. Open. Global

Smithsonian Libraries
Learn more about the world's largest open digital library for taxonomic literature. Photo credits: Martin R. Kalfatovic. Music: Suite Espanola Op. 47 - Leyenda, by Isaac Albéniz y Pascual (open source music available at http://www.musopen.org/

Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds Two Members

Smithsonian Institution Libraries
The Biodiversity Heritage Library, headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, welcomes the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Ill.) and Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.) as new partners. These two institutions will contribute to the digitization of historical science literature in the BHL collections. All material will be online, free, and available to the public. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign more »

NMNH East Court Library construction June 2010

Smithsonian Libraries
A sneak preview, hardhat video tour of work being done on the new east court location for the National Museum of Natural History's main library (June 9, 2010) The first segment is of the basement collections area, the second segment is the 1st floor "commons" and stacks area.

Jennifer Cohlman of the Cooper-Hewitt Library

Smithsonian Libraries
Brief interview with Jennifer Cohlman, a librarian at the Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt National Design Library.

Changing Library Services

Smithsonian Institution Libraries
Organizations which respond to the changing needs of their clients are the ones that survive well.  Here are two examples: Shortly after General Motors began manufacturing cars in the early 1900s it created a unit (GMAC), which loaned money to car buyers and earned interest on these loans. Although known worldwide as an industrial powerhouse, more »

The Biodiversity Heritage Library: sharing biodiversity literature with the world

Smithsonian Libraries
Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions in the United Kingdom and the United States joined in 2005 to develop a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global `biodiversity commons.' Headquartered at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is one of the cornerstones of the Encyclopedia of Life, a global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on earth. This paper provides an overview of the BHL and its potential impact on biodiversity research, describes the BHL portal and its innovative search services, and provides a case study of the process from one of the members: the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University.

National Museum of Natural History Library Subject Guides

Smithsonian Libraries
This promotional video for the newly updated National Museum of Natural History Library's Subject Guides was created by intern Samuel Hansen. See the full Subject Guides on our webpage: https://s.si.edu/2Ig1i5U

Two Dibner Library Manuscripts Published

Smithsonian Libraries
The proceedings of the symposium we held to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Dibner Library have now been published. Called The Era of Experiments and the Age of Wonder: Scientific Expansion from the Seventeenth to the Nineteenth Centuries, it features the keynote address of Richard Holmes, a well-known British biographer. We have also published more »

Redefining library space: managing the co-existence of books, computers, and readers

Smithsonian Libraries
Library design must better integrate space for collections and computers than it has. This article presents planning strategies that integrate digital products and print collections based on patron needs. Many flexible solutions in developing buildings will enhance library service in the technologically dynamic future.

Scholars and the Everywhere Library (2009) - Dan Cohen

Smithsonian Libraries
Dan Cohen is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Center for History and New Media. He is co-author of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) and has published articles and book chapters on the future of history in a digital age (among other subjects) in journals such as the Journal of American History, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Rethinking History.

Books, Bytes, Biodiversity: Using the Biodiversity Heritage Library in research

Smithsonian Libraries
Rebecca Morin (User Services Librarian, California Academy of Sciences) shows staff at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History how to effectively use the Biodiversity Heritage Library http://biodiversitylibrary.org

NMNH East Court Library construction, authorized tour 9/3/10

Smithsonian Libraries
This is a quick video (with minimal audio) of the new NMNH main library East Court space on the 1st floor. The flooring, lighting & walls are in place and we're starting to get excited!

NMNH East Court Library update, Sept. 29, 2010

Smithsonian Libraries
This is just before our collections are due to be moved. The first part of the video is in our "service" area on the 1st floor. Later we enter the basement level, two floors down, to where the majority of the collections will be housed. (The background music is instrumental portions of a song from the Smithsonian Folkways Album, "Classic Sounds of New Orleans.")

Library Hacks: Automate the Web

Smithsonian Institution Libraries
If you find yourself repeating the same task over and over again while online, then you might benefit from some of these helpful tools! Whether you’d like to automate something between different web services or speed up your routine web duties, there is bound to be something here that could help! Below are three different more »

PageFrights tour of rare anatomy books in the Dibner Library

Smithsonian Libraries
On October 285th, 2016, the Smithsonian Libraries hosted a live look at rare anatomy books in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. Lilla Vekerdy, head of Special Collections, gave a virtual tour. This video originally appeared Live on the Smithsonian Libraries Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SmithsonianLibraries/ (Note: some pages may not be for the faint of heart.)
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