Press Releases

Smithsonian Libraries Unveils “Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America”

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 5:23pm

Once an amazing diversity of birds—some in breathtaking abundance—inhabited the vast forests and plains of North America. But starting around 1600, some species began to disappear as humans altered habitats, over-hunted and introduced predators. A notable extinction occurred 100 years ago with the death of Martha the passenger pigeon, the last member of a species that once filled America’s skies. The Smithsonian Libraries’ exhibition “Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America” tells the story of the last passenger pigeon and the disappearance of the great auk, Carolina parakeet and heath hen that reveal the fragile connections between species and their environment. The exhibition is on view at the National Museum of Natural History June 24 through October 2015.

Once There Were Billions release__14 318.pdf

Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a New Member

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 12:15pm

The Biodiversity Heritage Library, headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, welcomes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a new member. The 16th member of the BHL consortium, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will help identify and digitize historical science literature from its collections and add these to the BHL’s online holdings, where all materials may be accessed free by the public. 

2014BHLUIUC.pdf

Smithsonian Libraries Names Polly Khater as Assistant Director for Discovery Services

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:00am

The Smithsonian Libraries announces Polly Khater as the Assistant Director for Discovery Services. Khater has served as Discovery Services Manager since 2011, and was the Serials Cataloging Coordinator from 2008 to 2011. 

2014PollyKhater.pdf

Smithsonian Libraries Appoints Founding Librarian at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Shauna Collier has joined the Smithsonian Libraries as the founding librarian of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Library. Collier’s new responsibilities include building the library’s collection, developing an archival program and a genealogy center for public use, and providing research, outreach and instructional services and programming. 

2014NMAAHCLibrarian.pdf

Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds Washington University as New Member

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:00pm

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, welcomes Washington University Libraries (St. Louis, Missouri) as a new member. The 14th member of the BHL consortium, Washington University Libraries will help identify and digitize historical science literature from its collections and add these to the BHL’s online holdings, where all materials may be accessed free by the public.

2014BHLWUFINAL.pdf

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