Press Releases


Smithsonian Libraries Names Polly Khater as Assistant Director for Discovery Services

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 12:00am

The Smithsonian Libraries announces Polly Khater as the Assistant Director for Discovery Services. Khater has served as Discovery Services Manager since 2011, and was the Serials Cataloging Coordinator from 2008 to 2011. 

Smithsonian Libraries Appoints Founding Librarian at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 12:00am

Shauna Collier has joined the Smithsonian Libraries as the founding librarian of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Library. Collier’s new responsibilities include building the library’s collection, developing an archival program and a genealogy center for public use, and providing research, outreach and instructional services and programming. 

Biodiversity Heritage Library Adds Washington University as New Member

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:00pm The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), headquartered at the Smithsonian Libraries, welcomes Washington University Libraries (St. Louis, Missouri) as a new member. The 14th member of the BHL consortium, Washington University Libraries will help identify and digitize historical science literature from its collections and add these to the BHL’s online holdings, where all materials may be accessed free by the public.

Smithsonian Indoor and Outdoor Exhibits Showcase Extinct Birds

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:00am The Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens will present “The Lost Bird Project,” an exhibit by artist Todd McGrain, March 27 through March 15, 2015. This project recognizes the tragedy of modern extinction by immortalizing North American birds that have been driven to extinction. It will feature large-scale bronze sculptures of the Carolina parakeet, the Labrador duck, the great auk, the heath hen and the passenger pigeon.

Smithsonian Libraries Research Opportunities 2015

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 12:00am The Smithsonian Libraries will award grants to Baird Society, Dibner Library and Penick Resident Scholars in the 2015 calendar year. These competitive grants are offered to historians, librarians and bibliographers, as well as predoctoral and postdoctoral students, with an approved research project.