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Adopt-a-Book Salon: America the Beautiful with images of book covers

Adopt-a-Book Salon: America the Beautiful

April 13, 2021
Please join the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives for virtual Adopt-a-Book Salons!
Adopt-a-Book Salon: Off the Mall with images of libraries and books on shelves

Adopt-a-Book Salon: Off the Mall

April 1, 2021
Please join the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives for virtual Adopt-a-Book Salons!
Graphic for Women in Science Wikipedia event featuring photo of woman looking through microscope.

Wikipedia & Women in Science: Smithsonian Groundbreakers Edit-a-thon

March 25, 2021
There are so many inspiring stories about women in science at the Smithsonian in its 175-year history that can educate and embolden future generations, but only if their legacies are discoverable. On Thursday, March 25, join our #BecauseOfHerStory effort to uncover more about these often underrepresented women trailblazers in various disciplines, from astrophysics to zoology.
Adopt-a-Book Salon: Global Perspectives with images from books

Adopt-a-Book Salon: Global Perspectives

March 18, 2021
Please join the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives for virtual Adopt-a-Book Salons!
Wonderul Women Creating Change - Signature Sponsor: Deloitte with cover of Wonder Woman comic

Wonderful Women Creating Change

March 10, 2021
Join Lilla Vekerdy, Head and Curator of Special Collections, and Elizabeth Harmon, Digital Curator of the History of Smithsonian Women in Science, as they share behind-the-scenes insights into the intriguing contents of our collection of materials from the creator of Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, and our fascinating Smithsonian records that document the experiences of real women.
Plates from an illustrated book being treated by conservator

Ask a Conservator: Materials Matter

February 3, 2021
Join Alison Reppert Gerber, Preservation Coordinator, Keala Richard, Conservation Technician, and Daniel Viltsek, Book Conservator, to hear about the unique materials that they deal with, watch a book dissection and see how different materials have worked well or haven’t, and learn about the most challenging materials to preserve in our collections.

At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives: Meet the Archives

January 14, 2021
Join Ellen Alers, Reference Team Leader, Tammy Peters, Chief Archivist, and Jennifer Wright, Archives and Information Management Team Leader, as they share about what can be found in our archival collections, how we collect these materials, and how people all over the world can access these records for all kinds of purposes.
Image of Smithsonian Castle in fog

Secret Smithsonian Nooks & Crannies: Uncovering The Lost Order with Steve Berry

November 19, 2020
Join New York Times bestselling author and Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board emeritus member Steve Berry and his wife Elizabeth Berry to hear how Steve wove the Smithsonian Castle, the Smithsonian Libraries, and the rich history of this storied institution into The Lost Order.
Display of books from the National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries: African American History & Culture Unbound

October 22, 2020
Join Shauna Collier, Head Librarian and curator, and Brandee Worsham, Reference Librarian, both of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Library, as they talk about the Library, its exhibitions, and the fascinating stories behind them.
Display of books from the Anacostia Community Museum Library

Ask a Librarian Live: History & Culture Edition

October 7, 2020
Join us as librarians from some of our history and culture branches--Elayne Silversmith and Baasil Wilder--share how they support the mission and work of the museums that they’re embedded in and answer your questions.
Ask a Librarian Live: Science Edition

Ask a Librarian Live: Science Edition

September 16, 2020
Join us as librarians from some of our science branches, Ricardo Beteta Bond, Stephen Cox, Bonnie Felts, and Carrie Smith, share insight into how they support scientific research, especially during this pandemic, and answer your questions.
At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries: A Colorful Conversation

At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries: A Colorful Conversation

September 3, 2020
Join Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi, Acting Head Librarian at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library, and Susan Brown, Associate Curator and Acting Head of Textiles at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, as they talk about their co-curated exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.
Ask a Librarians Live: Art Edition

Ask a Librarian Live: Art Edition

August 18, 2020
Join us as librarians from some of our art branches, Anne Evenhaugen, Kathryn Phillips, and Jacqueline Protka, share insight into how they support research and education, especially during this pandemic, and answer your questions.

At Home with the Smithsonian Libraries: Curious Creatures in the Margins

May 27, 2020
Come along with Allie Alvis, our Special Collections Reference Librarian, and Dr. Kali Holder, a veterinary pathologist at the National Zoo, as they explore marginal monsters in one of our rare books.
Graphic with endangered species images

POSTPONED - Earth Optimism Wikipedia Editing Workshop on Endangered Species

March 1, 2020
This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events through May 3. See si.edu/events for details. Museums and the National Zoo remain open at this time. We are monitoring the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials. Help improve information in Wikipedia about endangered species as part of the Earth Optimism Wikipedia Workshop on Endangered Species hosted by the Smithsonian Libraries (Washington, D.C.) with support from Wikimedia DC.

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