Press Releases


Smithsonian Libraries Research Opportunities 2016-2017

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 6:23pm

The Smithsonian Libraries will award grants to Baird Society, Dibner Library and Penick Resident Scholars in the 2016-2017 acacemic year. These competitive grants are offered to historians, librarians and bibliographers, as well as predoctoral and postdoctoral students, with an approved research project. 

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National Museum of African Art and Smithsonian Libraries Unveil “Artists’ Books and Africa”

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 5:31pm

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and the Smithsonian Libraries present a new exhibition, “Artists’ Books and Africa,” at the National Museum of African Art beginning Sept. 16. “Artists’ Books and Africa” will be on display through Sept. 11, 2016. 

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The Arcadia Fund Awards Grant to Support The Field Book Project

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 10:56am

The Smithsonian Libraries received a $511,200 grant from the Arcadia Fund for The Field Book Project to provide free, online access to the Smithsonian’s field books on biodiversity research. Over a two-year period, the grant will support the cataloging of 2,000 field books and the digitization of 2,600 field books, which will be made openly available via multiple platforms, including the Smithsonian’s Collection Search Center and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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Smithsonian Libraries Unveils “Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780–1910”

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Smithsonian Libraries opens its new exhibition “Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780–1910” in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History July 1. “Fantastic Worlds” will be on display through October 2016. 

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Dartmouth’s Tiltfactor Launches Games to Improve Access to Biodiversity Heritage Library Content

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

Today, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, announced the launch of two new crowdsourcing games, Smorball and Beanstalk. The games, created Dartmouth College's Tiltfactor, will help improve access to books and journals online in the BHL collection by verifying the accuracy of text previously encoded by optical character recognition software.

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