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From the Stacks 

March 19, 2010

Biodiversity Heritage Library News

Just a quick post to give everyone an update about the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

For those new to these parts, the Biodiversity Heritage Library is a consortium of 12 major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions organized to digitize, serve, and preserve the legacy literature of biodiversity. The Academy Library is proud to be one of these institutions, and I’ve blogged a bit about our participation in the past here and here. Here’s an example of the fantastic literature (and pretty pictures) you can access for FREE at http://biodiversitylibrary.org.

Geospiza strenua, from The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle. Image courtesy Biodiversity Heritage Library. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org

This week brought two BHL tidbits I’d like to share:

1) The BHL is conducting a user survey to help us serve you better. If you’ve used the BHL at all in the past, please take our survey. It will take 5-10 minutes of your time and help us immensely. Thanks in advance! Also, if you follow me on Twitter @tiny_librarian, feel free to retweet my latest update on the survey.

2) The BHL was selected by the American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy as the Digital Library of the Week! We’re in good company, joining honorees such as the Cornell University Library Witchcraft Collection and On the Edge: The Hidden Art of Fore-Edge Book Painting from the Boston Public Library.

While we accept accolades in all forms, we also really want you tell us where we need improvement. Ten minutes of your time now means a better BHL in the future!

Filed under: Library News,Research — Librarian @ 1:13 pm

October 26, 2009

Keep Open Access Week going!

Open Access Week has officially come & gone, but that doesn’t mean we should stop thinking about Open Access!

Our very own Science in Action crew at the Academy are keeping OA Week going with a new edition of SIA about Open Access, the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and Breast Cancer Action.

Check out the newest installment of Science in Action, in which I share but one opinion on the value of PLoS and OA.

If you like this piece, be sure to visit Science in Action to learn more.

Filed under: Library News,Research — Librarian @ 3:33 pm

October 17, 2009

It’s awfully quiet around here

In case you’ve been wondering what we’re up to:

This coming week is Open Access Week!  October 19-23 2009 is a week to bring awareness to, and to talk about, the Open Access movement.

Do you think scholarly literature should be available online for free?  If you answered yes (or no), this week is a great time to educate yourself and others about Open Access!  Visit the Open Access Week website for more information.

This week the Academy Library is also hosting and participating in meetings with some of our partners in the Biodiversity Heritage Library here in San Francisco.  This is a nice fit with Open Access Week, since the BHL is working to digitize the published literature of biodiversity and make it available online free of charge.  There are over 15,000 titles accessible through the BHL portal, with more coming in every day.

If you’re curious about what keeps us busy here in the Library, you should follow me on Twitter.  I’ll keep you in the loop.

Filed under: Library News — Librarian @ 11:24 pm
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