Press Releases


Monday, January 26, 2009
Smithsonian Institution Libraries is pleased to announce the new Head of the Special Collections Department, Lilla Vekerdy. Vekerdy has more than 20 years of experience in rare books preservation and management, most recently serving for 17 years as a rare­book librarian and course master at the Washington University School of Medicine’s Bernard Becker Medical Library in St. Louis. She will oversee the Libraries’ special collections in all 20 branches, most notably the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology in the National Museum of American History and the Joseph F.

Friday, January 9, 2009
Smithsonian Institution Libraries has awarded grants to two Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology Resident Scholars and three Baird Society Resident Scholars for the 2009 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 five scholars will complete their residencies at one or more of the Smithsonian Libraries’ 20 branches for various lengths of time throughout the year.

Monday, July 28, 2008
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries 40th Anniversary Ruby Red Gala, “Paint the Town REaD!,” will be held the evening of Oct. 30 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. The event aims to increase awareness and raise funds for the Institution’s libraries. The libraries support the needs of the Institution’s curators and researchers and are active public educators. The exhibition program and the digital library initiative bring rare and valuable works from the libraries’ collection to a global audience through the Internet.

Thursday, June 5, 2008
Rare, beautifully illustrated 18th century books—the first to depict the plants and animals of Britain’s American colonies and describe their environmental relationships—will be on view on Monday, June 9 at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art for one day only at the Washington premiere of “The Curious Mr. Catesby.”

Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Thomas Garnett, associate director for Digital Library and Information Systems for the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, has been named the first Program Director of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. He has coordinated the Biodiversity Heritage Library initiative since its inception in 2004. He begins his new position March 31.