Programs & Events

Is a Rational Discussion of Open Access Possible?

Rick Anderson

We are pleased to welcome Rick Anderson for a talk on Open Access on Monday, March 10, in the Ripley Center, Quad, Lecture Hall (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.). Please join us for this exciting discussion! This is the second lecture in The Open Access Future series sponsored by the Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives, and the Smithsonian's Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age

We are pleased to welcome Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough as the inaugural speaker in the Libraries' new lecture series, The Future of Access. Secretary Clough will discuss his new book, Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age, on January 15 in the Ripley Center, Quad, Lecture Hall (12:00-1:00 p.m.).

Adopt-a-Book Evening

Guests peruse a selection of adoptable books

Enjoy a unique and lively evening to benefit the Smithsonian Libraries' rare book and preservation programs. The event will feature German food, wine and beer, and entertainment. Guests will have the opportunity to browse a trove of remarkable and historic volumes and are invited to learn more about the Libraries' special collections and why they must be preserved.

20th Annual Dibner Library Lecture

Robert S. Westman

The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to present the 20th Annual Dibner Library Lecture: 

Copernicus and the Astrologers, Featuring Robert S. Westman

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Reception to follow
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets NW Washington, DC 20004

Understanding Asian Papers and their Applications in Paper Conservation

This unique three day workshop for up to 12 people provides a theoretical and practical understanding of the history of East Asian papers (Chinese, Korean and Japanese) and their applications in Western paper conservation practice today.

Lecture & Book Signing Featuring Dane Kennedy

Author Dane Kennedy will be discussing The Last Blank Spaces: Exploring Africa and Australia.

Whale Research at the Smithsonian Past, Present and Future

The Smithsonian has studied whales since the 1850s, building collections that are unmatched in the world and yielding insights into these enigmatic species. Listen to four distinguished speakers: Prof. R. Ewan Fordyce, Prof. D. Graham Burnett, Dr. Stephen Godfrey, and Dr. Nicholas D. Pyenson discuss the origins of this legacy, its scientific value, and its future.

Unlocking Taxonomic Literature II using Linked Open Data

Using Linked Open Data, the Smithsonian Libraries is bringing the Taxonomic Literature II guide to botany literature to the web in a searchable, shareable form. After an overview of linked data, we will show how the Smithsonian Libraries is creating Taxonomic Literature II Online on its Drupal-based digital library website.

Preservation Matters! with Steve Berry

Author Steve Berry

From superstorms to blizzards to tornados to wildfires, America has frequently shuddered under the onslaught of natural disasters. “Why Preserving History Matters” against the threat of catastrophe will be the focus of the keynote lecture by New York Times and internationally bestselling author Steve Berry, who returns April 24, 2013 as national spokesperson for the American Library Association’s Second Annual National Preservation Week.

Salon Scientifique!

Salon Scientifique Invitation

Guests will have the chance to visit exhibits throughout the Corcoran’s Atrium that will showcase collections and demonstrations from Franklin’s inventions to ballooning. Hostesses will be on hand to discuss the history of salons and proper etiquette as guests experience a recreated French salon first-hand.


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