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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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Principal Investigators

Anne Van Camp, Director, Smithsonian Institution Archives

From 1996 until her appointment as the director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Van Camp served as manager of the member programs at the Research Libraries Group Inc., where she planned, designed and implemented collaborative programs and projects to improve access to research resources to the 150 member institutions of the RLG. From 1989 to 1996, she was the director of Archives at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Van Camp also served as the vice president for Information Services at the Chase Manhattan Corp. in New York from 1979 to 1989.

Van Camp earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Cincinnati.

Martin R. Kalfatovic, Associate Director, Digital Services & Program Director, The Biodiversity Heritage Library

At Smithsonian Libraries, he manages mass digitization, scholarly communications, and data analysis. Additionally, internship programs and education outreach as well as social media and product development are under his management.
As the program director for the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), a consortium of twenty natural history, botanical garden, and research libraries, he participates in the global coordination of the BHL project working with BHL nodes in China, Brazil, Australia, Sub-Saharan Africa, the European Union, Singapore, and Egypt.


Carolyn Sheffield, Program Manager, Biodiversity Heritage Library

Carolyn Sheffield served as the Project Manager on the Field Book Project from 2010-2013. She is currently the Program Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and continues to participate in an advisory role on the Field Book Project. Carolyn brings the perspective of both projects to support opportunities for strengthening the synergies between the two projects. She provides guidance and coordination as the two projects work together to achieve the original goal of making the Smithsonian field books available alongside those from other natural history and botanical collections such as those currently found in BHL.

Carolyn has worked in a variety of roles within the library and archives professions. Prior to joining the Field Book Project, she served as a statewide grants coordinator providing guidance on grant management to Maryland public libraries. Prior to that position, she was the Project Manager and User Studies Coordinator for CLiMB, a large scale research project at the University of Maryland that focused on metadata extraction for image access. Her previous experience also includes coordinating a visual artists’ registry comprised of an online database and physical collection representing the work of artists in the mid-Atlantic region.

Carolyn holds an M.L.S. from the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Tammy Peters, Supervisory Archivist, Smithsonian Institution Archives,

Tammy Peters currently supervises SIA's Archives and Information Management (AIM) and Reference Teams. AIM is responsible for identifying, acquiring and describing records and papers relating to Smithsonian history that form the Archives' collections; the Reference Team provides researchers information about and access to SIA holdings. Tammy has worked on numerous collections management, and cataloging and description projects since joining SIA in 1995.

Tammy holds a B.A. in History from Bethel College (KS) and an M.A. in American Studies from Purdue University.

Ricc Ferrante, Director of Digital Services, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Riccardo Ferrante, Director of Digital Services and Information Technology Archivist at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, oversees its digital preservation, digitization, electronic records management and web-based initiatives. With the Archives since 2003, Ricc’s early focus on the challenges of born digital objects included the Collaborative Electronic Records Project (2004-2008) that addressed email accounts. He has contributed to the Repository Audit and Certification standard submission and participates in the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative. Previously, Ferrante worked closely with libraries to develop library information systems. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists and vice-chair of its Electronic Records Section.

Nora Lockshin, Senior Paper Conservator, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Nora Lockshin was an advisor on the Save America's Treasures grant administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and continues to advise conservators working with field books. More about Nora.


Adriana Marroquin, Project Manager

Adriana Marroquin is the project manager for the Smithsonian Field Book Project and the Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project. She previously served as a library technician at Smithsonian Libraries and a public law library, and as a contractor for two projects: the American Art and Portrait Gallery library’s Art & Artist Corporate Files Database, and BHL’s Latino Natural History exhibition. Her diverse library experience also includes internships at university, federal and museum libraries, and volunteering at the Library of Congress processing the Small Press Expo mini-comics collection. She writes for No Flying No Tights, a comics and graphic novel resource for and by librarians.

Adriana holds an MLS from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.


Kira Sobers, Image and Video Digitization Specialist, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Kira Sobers is the Image and Video Digitization Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Kira assists the Field Book Project by overseeing digitization of field books by digitization interns and volunteers. She first came to the Smithsonian as an intern in 2008. She then went on to work as a contractor for SIA before becoming a full-time employee in July 2011.

Kira holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in History from Mary Baldwin College (VA) and a M.A. in Applied American History from George Mason University.

Mignonette Johnson, Digital Imaging Technician, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Charles Zange, Digital Imaging Technician, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Charles joined the Field Book team in February 2017 and performs photography and scanning for the project. He holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University and a B.A in History and French from Gettysburg College. He started at the Smithsonian as a digitization intern and then contractor at the National Anthropological Archives before transitioning to time-based media at the National Portrait Gallery. His interests include digital artwork and information systems management.


William Bennett, Conservator, Smithsonian Institution Archives

William Bennett is a conservation specialist with SIA and devotes a portion of his time to caring for the Field Book Project materials. He holds a BA in English literature from Brigham Young University and an MA in Conservation Studies from West Dean College (West Sussex, England).

Former Team Members

The Field Book Project would like to recognize the significant contributions of our former teams members.

Rusty Russell, Former Principal Investigator

Rusty Russell served as an initial Principal Investigator and was a great advocate of the Field Book Project. From 1979 to 2017, he was the collections manager in the NMNH Department of Botany with responsibilities for management of the United States National Herbarium and related accessory collections; development of collections programs and outreach projects; application of new technologies to collections management and information systems; oversight of collections policies and procedures. In 2017, he became director of the Gantz Family Collections Center at The Field Museum.

Mr. Russell received his B.S. in Botany from the University of Maryland

Lesley Parilla, Former Cataloging Coordinator

Lesley Parilla began as a contract cataloger with the FBP in 2011, eventually becoming the cataloging coordinator in 2015. In 2017, she became a cataloger for Smithsonian Libraries. Lesley received an MLS from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, with a certificate in Special Collections and Archives and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Sonoe Nakasone, Former Cataloging Coordinator

Sonoe Nakasone was the project cataloging coordinator from 2010-2013. She received an MLIS from the Pratt Institute in NY.

Emily Hunter, Former Cataloger

Emily Hunter began as an intern in 2011, eventually becoming a project cataloger from 2012-2013. She received an MLS from the University of Maryland.


The Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA) hosts many interns each year. Listed below are the interns whose work in cataloging, conservation, and digitization have supported the Field Book Project. Funding sources: Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), The Comer Foundation, and Smithsonian Women's Committee (SWC).

Emily Hunter, Cataloging Intern, Summer 2011 (funded by CLIR)
Elizabeth Childs, Conservation Intern, Summer 2011 (funded by The Comer Foundation)
Jenny Mathias, Cataloging Intern, Summer 2011 (funded by CLIR)
Win Suen, Conservation Intern, Summer 2011 (funded by The Comer Foundation)
Blair Bailey, Conservation Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by SWC)
Janelle Batkin, Conservation Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by SWC)
Catharine Cox, Digitization Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by SWC)
Alice Doolittle, Cataloging Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by CLIR)
Cherie Edmonds, Digitization Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by SWC)
Richard Jerome, Cataloging Intern, Summer 2012 (funded by CLIR)
Alison Pinches, Digitization Intern, Summer 2012
Tessa Gadomski, Conservation Intern, Summer 2013
Noah Smutz, Conservation Intern, Summer 2013
Andrea Hall, Conservation Intern, Fall 2013
Colleen Funkhouser, Intern, Spring 2016
Nurganym Agzamova, Intern, Summer 2016
Allegra Tennis, Intern, Summer 2016
Conal Huetter, Intern, Summer 2016
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