Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge.

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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Friday, May 19

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Wednesday, May 17

  1. page BHL Life's a Zoo Contest edited ... In order to be considered for the Life's a Zoo grand prize, participants must sign a parental …
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    In order to be considered for the Life's a Zoo grand prize, participants must sign a parental consent form and submit it to Ms. Riggins. This form outlines the terms and conditions of the contest and prize.
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    this form (TBD) to submit
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Tuesday, May 9

  1. page Extending Innovations in Digital Libraries in Partnership with NDSR Learners edited The BHL NDSR (National National Digital Stewardship Residency) Residency (NDSR) cohort will …
    The BHL NDSR (NationalNational Digital Stewardship Residency)Residency (NDSR) cohort will
    https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded/RE-40-16-0082-16
    Timeline: June 1, 2016- May 31, 2018
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Monday, May 8

  1. page Field Book Project edited About the Home | Project History | Project Team | Workflow and Cataloging Resources Outreach…

    About the
    Home | Project History | Project Team | Workflow and Cataloging Resources
    Outreach and Education | Partners and Sponsors | FAQ
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    The Field
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    Institution Archives (SIA) and National
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    Natural History (NMNH) to identify,
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    discoverability. The Project first made its records available to the public on Smithsonian’s Collections Search Center in 2012. In 2014, the Field Book ProjectFBP joined with
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    Smithsonian Libraries in 2014 to make
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    through BHL.
    In

    In
    July 2015, FBP staff began work on the Project entered a second phase where it continues to discover, catalog,current two-year grant from the Arcadia Foundation, UK. In this stage of the project, FBP staff will catalog 2,000 field books as well as digitize and conservemake available 2,600 field books at the Smithsonian, buton BHL.
    In order to continue supporting BHL’s growing archival collections, FBP staff will
    also expands its goal of digitizationprovide support to other projects, including the //Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature Project// funded by IMLS and the //BHL Field Notes Project//funded by CLIR.
    Items cataloged
    for the Field Book Project can be viewed in Smithsonian’s Collections Search Center, and items digitized for the Project are available on BHL.
    What is
    a significant number of field book?
    Field
    books, and publicationalso called field notes or field documentation, are original records of scientific discovery. They are primary source documents that describe the digital contentevents leading up to and including the Smithsonian Biodiversity Heritage Library. This project phase continues to involve the National Museumcollection of Natural History and Smithsonian Archives withspecimens or observations during field research. Field books can take many forms depending on the additioninformation needs of the Smithsonian Librariescollector.
    Importance
    and the Biodiversity Heritage Library. During this phasechallenges of field books
    Field notes are significant sources of information related to scientific discovery. They provide rich data for researchers to understand how biodiversity has changed over time and space. They enhance information associated with specimens by providing details regarding dates, localities (for geo-referencing), and associated event data. For example, field diary entries may describe habitats, meteorological events, personal observations, and emotional declarations. These additional data allow us to assess
    the project, cataloging, digitization,intrinsic value of specimens, as well as use information in new ways: reconstructing historical ecologies, clarifying specimen's provenance, and BHL upload documentation willre-discovering localities.
    Field books as an object type are located and described in a wide variety of ways. They can
    be made availablefound in rare book collections, libraries, archives, and museum departments. Field book descriptions can range from brief folder level descriptions in finding aids to BHL partners who are working on their ownhaving no descriptions at all. Regrettably, field book projectscollections are often distributed across departments within an institution or even across multiple institutions with no centralized access point, complicating researcher’s ability to encourage them to also contribute this typediscover and access them. Furthermore, although generally considered archival documents, field books are just as frequently managed in museum collections, science labs, and discipline-specific libraries. These various types of content to the BHL web platform.
    For more information about the Project
    custodianship result in a myriad of descriptive practices with varying levels of detail, further compounding access and its work,usability issues.
    To overcome these challenges,
    we encourage you to check outhave worked closely with the links below or follow us on Twitter @FieldBookProj.
    Additional resources
    Links
    custodians of these unique materials to our records
    Project Overview
    identify, catalog, and History
    Project website
    BHL's Field
    digitize these hidden collections. Our workflows and practices have been community-developed as we work with the different Smithsonian departments with field book holdings, and collaborate with other institutions through the BHL Field Notes Project.
    The Field Book
    Project collection
    Smithsonian Collections Search Center
    Digital Public Library of America
    Smithsonian Transcription Center
    For more information about this Project, please contact, Adriana Marroquin,
    is currently funded by:
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    Field Book
    Project Manager, marroquina[at]si[dot]edu
    This project was made possible in part
    logo created by the Arcadia Foundation, UK
    Project Team:
    Martin Kalfatovic, Program Director, SIL/BHL/FBP
    Carolyn Sheffield, Program Manager, BHL/FBP
    Adriana Marroquin, Project Manager, FBP
    Joel Richard, technology consultant, SIL/BHL
    Anne Van Camp, project advisor, SIA
    Ricc Ferrante, digitization coordinator, SIA
    Tammy Peters, cataloging advisor, SIA
    William Bennett, conservator, SIA/FBP
    Lesley Parilla
    Questions? Email us at marroquina(at)si(dot)edu

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Thursday, May 4

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    your own BHL-branded poster. Template
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    BHL Flyer Templates
    Flyer Template One
    Flyer Template Two
    (Files in PPT format. Simply download and add your content to the template to create your own BHL-branded flyer. Template sizes are 8.5" x 11").

    BHL Promotional Banners
    General BHL
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    For help finding content and images in BHL's collections, see this page.
    Other Recommended Resources:
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  3. page BHL Life's a Zoo Contest edited ... The contest winner will be notified by 12 July 2017 via the email provided in the parental con…
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    The contest winner will be notified by 12 July 2017 via the email provided in the parental consent form. The Smithsonian is not responsible for undelivered or overlooked emails. Failure to respond by the date indicated in the winner confirmation email will result in forfeiture of the prize.
    Prize
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    Smithsonian platforms. ThreeSeveral dates in
    Parental Consent Form (Terms and Conditions)
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    must sign and submit a parental
    Submission
    Tammy Riggins will use this form (TBD) to submit the top five graded projects for consideration for the grand prize. Please follow the instructions on the form and submit one entry per student.
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