Press Releases


Tuesday, March 6, 2012
In February the Biodiversity Heritage Library launched eight collections of selected BHL content on the new iTunes U. They are dedicated to a variety of themes, and this release increases exposure of BHL material and is an innovative way to reach new audiences.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries will hold the 2011 Dibner Library Lecture Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. in the Smithsonian Castle Commons. The lecture is free and open to the public. This year’s guest lecturer is author Laura J. Snyder, associate professor of philosophy at St. John’s University in New York City. At the Smithsonian Libraries event, Snyder will speak on “The Philosophical Breakfast Club and the Invention of the Scientist.”

Sunday, September 11, 2011
The Biodiversity Heritage Library will host a two­day conference titled “Life and Literature” Nov. 14 and 15 at the Field Museum in Chicago. The conference will unite librarians, biologists, computer scientists, publishers and students to set the agenda for biodiversity literature digitizing and its networked environment for the next five years.

Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries, in a continuing partnership with Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, has converted select publications from the Smithsonian Contributions and Studies Series to digital formats for use on Kindles, Nooks and other e­readers.

Friday, March 11, 2011
In February the Smithsonian Institution Libraries deposited the 10,000th publication in the Smithsonian Digital Repository, part of the Smithsonian Research Online program. This milestone was achieved with a collaborative paper by Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute researcher Ben Hirsch and the Smithsonian’s National Zoo geneticist Jesus Maldonado.