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The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.
BHL also serves as the literature component of the Encyclopedia of Life .

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  • Keeping Up With NDSR! Yesterday
    Hello all, BHL NDSR Cohort speaking!For the past couple of weeks we have been busy settling into our residencies, attending some conferences and preparing for future presentations. We created the NDSR at BHL blog to provide weekly updates about ou...
  • Expanding Access goes to Hollywood! Mar 16, 2017
    This is Mariah Lewis, Metadata Specialist for the Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature Grant Project, reporting in! Well, we didn't get that biodiversity literature television show we had been hoping for, but the Expanding Access grant team...
  • Facebook Live Event 24 March: Celebrating Gesner Mar 15, 2017
    Conrad Gesner (1516-1565) was a Swiss naturalist whose Historia Animalium is considered the starting point of modern zoology. 26 March is the anniversary of his birth, and institutions around the world will celebrate #GesnerDay by highlighting his...
  • Ferrante Imperato: Step Into His Cabinet of Wonders! Mar 13, 2017
    By Laurel ByrnesBHL Outreach VolunteerCabinets of Wonder: What Are They and Why Were They Created?The term, “cabinet of wonder”, comes from the term “wunderkammer” (literally meaning “wonder chamber”).  The...
  • 19th Century Butterflies: Reconstructing a Collection’s History with BHL Mar 9, 2017
    The Naturalis Biodiversity Center, a recent BHL Affiliate, is home to one of the largest natural history collections in the world, consisting of over 37 million specimens. Additionally, Naturalis has contributed nearly 200,000 pages to the BHL col...


Yes, BHL Tweets! Be sure to follow @BioDivLibrary to find out about new books and use the hashtag #BHLib on your own BHL related tweets.

My Tweeps

Want to explore the BHL Twitter network (i.e. those accounts that follow BHL on Twitter)? Then check out the BHL MyTweeps dashboard.

The BHL MyTweeps dashboard displays the latest tweets from the Twitter accounts that follow BHL, trending hashtags and trends over time from those followers, geographic location of BHL's tweeps (i.e. followers), and the connectivity of the BHL network (i.e. who mentions whom among the BHL community of followers). It also includes a dashboard displaying the most popular BHL books on social media that week (powered by Altmetric).

MyTweeps was developed by the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University, a Mining Biodiversity project participant. Mining Biodiversity, in which BHL also participates, is made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services [Grant number LG-00-14-0032-14].


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Want to discover online conversations about BHL books? Altmetric on BHL allows you to do just that!

Altmetric is a UK-based company that offers tools to help track online mentions of a library’s or publisher's content. Sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia, Reddit, Google+, and Mendeley, as well as other online sources like blogs and news outlets, are indexed.

Altmetric is tracking online conversations that include links to BHL books and articles. All mentions of an individual book (which include a link to the book itself or a link to a page within that book) are aggregated together into a single dashboard that allows you to explore all of the conversations happening about that item in one place. Each book's individual dashboard is accessible by clicking on the Altmetric badge (a colorful, donut-shaped icon) in the book viewer header or the "see more details" link in the information box that pop-ups when you hover over the Altmetric badge (see below) in BHL.

Learn more on our blog.

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The Altmetric badge available in BHL.

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The Altmetric Dashboard for an item in BHL.
  • The Altmetric icon will appear in the book viewer header for any book that has been mentioned (and where that mention includes an actual link to that book or a page within that book) on one of the indexed online sites. If there is no Altmetric icon in the book viewer header, then there have not yet been any online conversations (with a link) about that book.
  • Altmetric dynamically tracks new online mentions of BHL books. That means that if you tweet or post about a book in BHL (and include the link to it), Altmetric will subsequently index that post and make it available in BHL via the described Altmetric icon.
  • Altmetric picks up new mentions on Twitter, news outlets, and blogs on a daily basis. Mentions on Wikipedia, Google+, and Facebook are picked up and indexed via the described dashboards every 2-3 days.
  • Mentions of BHL content on social media sites (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Reddit, and Mendeley) are captured from June 2014-onwards. Mentions of BHL content on blogs and news articles are captured since the launch of BHL onwards.
  • Indexed conversations are those that include links that start with "" or "" or "" We are not tracking mentions with links that start with "" due to Google Scholar tag guidelines, which form the basis of Altmetric's tracking ability.
  • Traditionally, Altmetric tracks only DOI (Digital Object Identifiers) mentions, but for this project our team worked with Altmetric to pioneer the tracking of URIs (Unique Resource Identifiers) via Altmetric. In exchange, Altmetric has granted us free access to their license and services.


BHL's implementation of Altmetric was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services as part of our Mining Biodiversity Project [Grant number LG-00-14-0032-14].

We extend a special thanks to Altmetric for providing us with free access to their license and services.

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