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Smithsonian Libraries Director Awarded Honorary Doctoral Degree

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Nancy E. Gwinn, Director of the Smithsonian Libraries, received an honorary doctoral degree from University of Wyoming on May 11. It is the university’s highest award, and is given annually to individuals recognized internationally as leaders in their professions. Read More...

Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries Awards Biodiversity Heritage Library

Friday, May 24, 2013 The Biodiversity Heritage Library received the Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) on May 9. It is the highest honor bestowed by CBHL and was founded to honor outstanding contribution and meritorious service to the CBHL or in the field of botanical and horticultural libraries or literature. Read More...

Smithsonian Libraries Featured on BBC News

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Inspired by the launch of the Digital Public Library of America, BBC News reporter Jane O'Brien wanted to get the scoop on physical libraries versus digital libraries. Watch her interview our Director Nancy Gwinn, who brought out a handwritten letter by Galileo at the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology.

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Smithsonian Libraries Unveils “Whales: From Bone to Book”

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 The Smithsonian Libraries opens its new exhibition “Whales: From Bone to Book” in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History May 25. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Libraries and the museum’s Department of Paleobiology. “Bone to Book” will be on display through April 2014. Read More...

Biodiversity Heritage Library for Africa Launches

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Biodiversity Heritage Library for Africa (BHL-Africa) officially launched during a ceremony hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden in Pretoria, South Africa on April 15.

Working within the global BHL consortium, BHL-Africa aims to provide open access to the valuable information held in Africa's biodiversity institutions, ensuring that this knowledge is available to a global audience.