The Smithsonian Libraries has received an unrestricted donation of $1 million from Hope L. and John L Furth. This extraordinary gift builds upon the Furth’s existing endowment to the Smithsonian Libraries begun in 2005, which is used to further the Smithsonian Libraries’ mission and strategic initiatives.
The Smithsonian Libraries will award grants to Dibner Library Resident Scholars and Baird Society Resident Scholars for the 2014 calendar year. These competitive short-term grants are offered for one to six months to historians, librarians and bibliographers, as well as predoctoral and postdoctoral students, with an approved research project.
The Smithsonian Libraries will announce exciting opportunities for current graduate students, undergraduate students, and library professionals interested in working in research and museum libraries in January 2013.
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries will hold the 2012 Dibner Library Lecture Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. in the Smithsonian Castle Commons. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Earth’s biodiversity is under constant threat, as loss of habitat leads to the extinction of species. Thousands of species—plants and animals—are disappearing every year, and one of the most endangered is the rhinoceros. The Smithsonian Institution takes part in a global effort dedicated to the survival of endangered species and their habitats, and through its collections and staff, the Smithsonian Libraries participates in this work by supporting and enhancing research in wildlife conservation biology.