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The Administrative Services Office (ASO) provides administrative support to all programs of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries

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The Smithsonian Libraries is proud to be one of the founding members of the BHL - a consortium of major natural history, botanical, and research libraries.

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The Digital Library department manages the projects, programs, and services which make up our Digital Library including high quality digitization services through our imaging center.

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The Director's Office includes the Director, Deputy and Assistant Directors, as well as the Advancement Office.


Metadata provides information about a resource or object.  It can be generated or constructed to describe information ranging from format of the object, to the description and may even include who may access the object.  Often formatted in computer readable form, the goal is to provide computer-to-computer discovery to assist the researcher in finding the information where and when they desire.  

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The Outreach Office helps to share the Libraries' collections and expertise with the wider public. This team is responsible for coordinating social media, educational initiatives and internships and hosting tours and events.

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Committed to the preservation, safe exhibition, and long-term access to the Smithsonian Libraries' collections.

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With 20 library locations in most of the Smithsonian's museums and research centers, the Research Services Division manages the physical collections of the Libraries and serves the information needs of the Smithsonian's researchers, scholars, and the general public.

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The Resource Acquisitions department handles the purchase of books and journals, coordination of materials acquired through gift or exchange, loans of books and articles from other libraries (inter-library loan) and management of serials (journals) and serial subscriptions.

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The Resource Description department includes Original Cataloging and Catalog Management

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Provides resources necessary for research such as books, dissertations and microfilm not held by Smithsonian Institution Libraries through inter-library loans.

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Scholarly Communications staff manage Smithsonian Research Online which includes both the Smithsonian Research Bibliography and a repository of electronic texts corresponding to selected publications.

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The Special Collections Department arranges, describes, houses, and provides access to the rare books, manuscripts, and special collections held in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology and the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History.

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The Web Services and IT department is responsible for creation and maintenance of the Libraries' website and for other IT and computing services for the Libraries.