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.
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.
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.
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.
This talk will describe this convergence of engineering and romance in their lives and times and reflect upon its implications for our own lives and times. This event will take place on Wednesday, November 28 at 5:00 p.m. in the Smithsonian Institution Castle building.
The Smithsonian Libraries, in conjunction with the National Museum of Natural History, will host a series of lectures on both Mark Catesby’s art and science for the Catesby Commemorative Trust on November 6. Free and open to the public.
On October 18, international and New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry and the Smithsonian Libraries will join forces to present a writers’ workshop, Lessons from a Bestseller, to raise funds for the Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation programs at the Smithsonian Libraries to help preserve America’s treasures.
The Smithsonian Libraries welcomes Daniel Lewis, author of The Feathery Tribe: Robert Ridgway and the Modern Study of Birds, for a talk and book signing on Thursday, May 17, at 12:00 noon in the National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium.