Martin R. Kalfatovic
Associate Director, Digital Programs & Initiatives and Program Director, BHL
Associate Director, Smithsonian Libraries and Program Director, The Biodiversity Heritage Library
Twenty years of progressively complex management in digital libraries and information technology with a focus on the areas of information management, data access, and digitization. Work experience located in a major museum complex. Significant experience in cultivation of donors, corporate and institutional giving, building national and international partnerships in both the private and public sectors, and the development of online and social media development projects. Research interests include transformational elements of new media technologies on traditional research, publishing and learning models, and associated metrics for scholarly communication.
As Associate Director, Digital Programs and Initiatives Division, manage all aspects of the Smithsonian Libraries digital library program and work across boundaries in strategic planning activities. Major duties include supervision of Web Services Department, Information Services Department, Scholarly communication and evaluation metrics, Product Development and Licensing, and Digital Imaging. Serve as the key unit contact point both within the Institution and at a national and international level for all digital library activities.
Serves as Program Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) which functions as the executive director and manager of the international consortium of seventeen natural history, botanical garden, government, and university libraries engaged in the mass digitization of taxonomic literature. Coordinates developments of global nodes at the national and regional level. The position also serves as a key contact for government, NGO, and academic leaders at both the national and international level.
Current research interests include linked data, taxonomic intelligence and other analysis tools; and the data curation and related issues that surround the publication of Smithsonian Contributions and Studies series in an electronic format.He is a frequent contributor of articles and reviews and the author of three books, “Creating a Winning Online Exhibition: A Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums”, “The Fine Arts Projects of the New Deal: An Annotated Bibliography”, “Nile Notes of a Howadji: A Bibliography of Travelers' Tales from Egypt, from the Earliest time to 1918”. He earned his MSLS from SLIS at the Catholic University of America in 1990. He has an inordinate fondness for dodos.”
Kalfatovic, Martin R., Crowley, Bianca, Dearborn, Jacqueline, Funkhouser, Colleen, Iggulden, David, Trei, Kelli, Herrmann, Elisa, and Merriman, Kevin. 2023. "Safeguarding Access to 500 Years of Biodiversity Data: Sustainability planning for the Biodiversity Heritage Library." from TDWG Proceedings 2023 in Biodiversity Information Science and Standards. TDWG 2023 (Tasmania) Sofia, Bulgaria: Pensoft. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.7.112430.
Kalfatovic, Martin R. 2022. "Building Resiliency in Digital Library Networks: The Biodiversity Heritage Library." In The Proceedings of the Eleventh Shanghai International Library Forum. 61–68. Shanghai: Shanghai Scientific and Technological Literature Press.
Smith, Vincent, French, Lisa, Vincent, Sarah, Woodburn, Matt, Addink, Wouter, Arvanitidis, Christos, Bánki, Olaf, Casino, Ana, Dusoulier, Francois, Glöckler, Falko, Hobern, Donald, Kalfatovic, Martin R., Koureas, Dimitrios, Mergen, Patricia, Miller, Joe, Schulman, Leif, and Juslén, Aino. 2022. "Research Infrastructure Contact Zones: a framework and dataset to characterise the activities of major biodiversity informatics initiatives." Biodiversity Data Journal, 10. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.10.e82953.
Funkhouser, Colleen, Rinaldo, Constance, Iggulden, David, Trei, Kelli, Kalfatovic, Martin R., and Crowley, Bianca. 2021. "Cultivating Resilience in the Biodiversity Heritage Library During the Global Pandemic: Improving access to existing content." from TDWG Proceedings 2021 in Biodiversity Information Science and Standards. TDWG 2021 (Virtual) 2021-10-21. Sofia, Bulgaria: Pensoft Publishers. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.5.73732.
Kalfatovic, Martin Robert, Funkhouser, Colleen, Rinaldo, Constance, Iggulden, David, Trei, Kelli, and Crowley, Bianca. 2021. "Cultivating Resilience in the Biodiversity Heritage Library During the Global Pandemic: Improving access to existing content." Biodiversity Information Science and Standards, 5: e73732. https://doi.org/10.3897/biss.5.73732.