Press Releases


Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds CONABIO as New Member

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:27am

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, welcomes the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, or CONABIO) as a new member and global node. 

Lawrence M. Principe to Deliver 2014 Dibner Lecture

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:00am

The Smithsonian Libraries will hold the 2014 Dibner Library Lecture Thursday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. in the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Smithsonian Libraries Research Opportunities 2015-2016

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:00am

The Smithsonian Libraries will award grants to Baird Society, Dibner Library and Penick Resident Scholars in the 2015-2016 acacemic year. These competitive grants are offered to historians, librarians and bibliographers, as well as predoctoral and postdoctoral students, with an approved research project. 

Biodiversity Heritage Library joins the Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 12:00pm

The Biodiversity Heritage Library, headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, has joined the Global Biodiversity Information Facility as an associate participant. GBIF operates through a network of global nodes to develop and maintain an open data infrastructure for sharing digital biodiversity data. As an associate participant, BHL will encourage open access and use of biodiversity data among its stakeholders and actively participate in the implementation of the GBIF Work Programme.

Smithsonian Libraries Unveils “Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America”

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 5:23pm

Once an amazing diversity of birds—some in breathtaking abundance—inhabited the vast forests and plains of North America. But starting around 1600, some species began to disappear as humans altered habitats, over-hunted and introduced predators. A notable extinction occurred 100 years ago with the death of Martha the passenger pigeon, the last member of a species that once filled America’s skies. The Smithsonian Libraries’ exhibition “Once There Were Billions: Vanished Birds of North America” tells the story of the last passenger pigeon and the disappearance of the great auk, Carolina parakeet and heath hen that reveal the fragile connections between species and their environment. The exhibition is on view at the National Museum of Natural History June 24 through October 2015.