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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Photographer Jonathan Singer and botanists John Kress and Marc Hachadourian recently presented SIL Director, Nancy Gwinn, with set number one of Botanica Magnifica, a five-volume, double- elephant folio-sized work of two hundred fifty photographic images of plants. Comparable in scale and scope to Audubon’s Birds of America, the book presents scientifically identified species grouped in themes of horticulture, plant form, orchids (Hachadourian’s specialty), gingers (Kress’s specialty), and rare species.

Friday, April 3, 2009
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries is pleased to announce that Mary Augusta Thomas is the new Deputy Director for the Libraries. Thomas has served as Associate Director for Reader Services and Strategic Planning at the Libraries’ since 2002. Her new responsibilities include directing the operation of the Libraries’ 20 branches in each of the museum and research institutes, working with Smithsonian staff on library­planning issues to support the mission of the Smithsonian and directing the administrative services department for the Libraries.

Friday, April 3, 2009
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries will award grants to Dibner Library Resident Scholars and Baird Society Resident Scholars in the 2010 academic year. These competitive short­term 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 scholars will complete their residencies at one or more of the Smithsonian Libraries’ 20 branches for various lengths of time throughout the year.

Friday, February 20, 2009
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries has unveiled exhibitions at two Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. “Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration” showcases some of the world’s greatest pieces of illustration from the Libraries’ collection of rare books and is on view until Jan. 4, 2010, at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Exhibition Gallery at the National Museum of American History. The “Art of African Exploration” will be on display until Aug. 16 in the Constitution Avenue Lobby of the National Museum of Natural History.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The Metropolitan New York Library Council has given the Smithsonian Institution Libraries a $10,000 grant to digitize one of the Libraries’ most popular archives—the E.F. Caldwell and Co. collection. Caldwell and Co. was America’s premier producer of lighting and other metal objects during the turn of the 20th century through the 1940s. The archives are located in the Cooper­Hewitt National Design Museum Library in New York City. This massive digitization project will feature a database of over 35,000 Caldwell photos and drawings (http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/Caldwell).

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