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 can be found on twitter @udcmrk and maintains a blog at UDC793. He has an inordinate fondness for dodos.”
Articles and Slides
Selected Publications and Presentations
For a complete list of presentations and publications, see http://www.udcmrk.org/
- Increasing Access, Promoting Progress: Empowering Global Research through the BHL. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Expanding Access to Biodiversity Workshop. Atlanta History Center. Atlanta, GA. 24 January 2017.
- The Biodiversity Heritage Library 10 Years and More! Martin R. Kalfatovic. TDWG 2016. Centro de Transferencia Tecnológica y Educación Continua (CTEC) San Carlos, Santa Clara, Costa Rica. 7 December 2016.
- Increasing Access, Promoting Progress: Empowering Global Research through the BHL. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Group of 12 Meeting. Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. Paris, 2 December 2016.
- Botany and the BHL: A Botanical Overview of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Botany Department Seminar. National Museum of Natural History. Smithsonian Institution. Washington, DC. 15 September 2016.
- Smithsonian Libraries: Unveiling a Gem. Martin R. Kalfatovic. University of Pretoria, M.IT Tour. Smithsonian Libraries. Washington, DC. 15 September 2016.
- Enabling Progress in Global Biodiversity Research: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic and Constance Rinaldo. Shanghai International Library Forum 2016. Shanghai, China. 8 July 2016.
- Digitization Basics for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Martin R. Kalfatovic. SEI 2016, Chapel Hill, NC, 8 June 2016.
- 2016 BHL Program Director's Report. Martin R. Kalfatovic. BHL Open Partners' Meeting, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. London, 13 April 2016.
- The Biodiversity Heritage Library. 10+1 and Beyond: Looking Forward. Martin R. Kalfatovic. BHL Day 2016, Natural History Museum. London, 12 April 2016.
- The Smithsonian Institution: Diffusing Knowledge in Partnership with the DPLA. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Digital Programs Advisory Committee, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 10 December 2015.
- BHL México Workshop: An Overview of the BHL. Martin R. Kalfatovic. CONABIO, México City, Mexico. 2 December 2015
- Us and Them | Me and You | from swerve of shore to bend of bay: Take Down the Fences … Here Comes the Crowd. Martin R. Kalfatovic. IMLS Focus: Inspiration and Innovation in Libraries and museums 2015. New Orleans. 16 November 2015
- Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. 2015 BHL Staff Meeting. Washington, DC. 12 November 2015
- BHL: Assessing & Building Capacity for Global Access to Biodiversity Literature. Martin R. Kalfatovic. TDWG 2015. Nairobi, Kenya. 30 September 2015
- BHL Africa Workshop: An Overview of the BHL. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Nairobi National Museum, Nairobi, Kenya. 22 September 2015
- Smithsonian Libraries: Unveiling a Gem. Martin R. Kalfatovic. University of Pretoria Visit. Smithsonian Libraries, Washington, DC, 17 September 2015.
- Herding the fuzzy bits: What do you do after crowdsourcing? Martin R. Kalfatovic, Grace Costantino, Suzanne C. Pilsk, Jacqueline Chapman. ALA Annual Meeting. San Francisco, 27 June 2015
- The Nature of Illumination: Cultural Heritage and the Technology of Culture. Martin R. Kalfatovic.Cultural Heritage Information Management Forum. The Catholic University of America. Washington, DC. 5 June 2015
- African Digital Libraries in Global Content: The Biodiversity Heritage Library Model. Martin R. Kalfatovic & Anne-Lise Fourie, ICADLA-4. Accra, Ghana, 28 May 2015
- Building a Vast Library of Life: The Biodiversity Heritage Library Looks to the Future. Nancy E. Gwinn & Martin R. Kalfatovic. CNI Spring 2015 Meeting. Seattle, 13 April 2015.
- For the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge: The Smithsonian's Research Online (SRO), Supporting Smithsonian Institution’s Plan to Provide Increased Public Access to Federally Funded Publications and Digital Research Materials. Martin R. Kalfatovic. CNI Spring 2015 Meeting. Seattle, 13 April 2015.
- The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Exploring the Four Elements Meeting @ The Morgan Library & Museum. New York, 8 April 2015.
- Looking Forward: The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Catalogue of Life Mini-Symposium. Vlaams Instituut Voor De Zee / Flanders Marine Institute. Oostende, Belgium. 2 April 2015
- Looking Forward: The Biodiversity Heritage Library: 2015-2016. Martin R. Kalfatovic. BHL Annual Meeting, BHL Day. The Field Museum. Chicago, IL. 17 March 2015.
- Digital Services Division & The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Smithsonian Science Executive Committee. Washington, DC. 12 January 2015
- Creating a Winning Online Exhibition: A Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. Chicago and London: American Library Association, 2002.
- The Fine Arts Projects of the New Deal: An Annotated Bibliography. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1994. 504 p.
- Nile Notes of a Howadji: A Bibliography of Travelers' Tales from Egypt, from the Earliest time to 1918. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1992. 427 p.
- “Nile Notes of a Howadji: American Travellers in Egypt, 1837-1903,” pp. 239-59 in Unfolding the Orient: Travellers in Egypt and the Near East. Edited by Paul and Janet Starkey. Reading, UK: Ithaca Press, 2001.
- “Web-based Markup Languages: HTML, DHTML, and XML,” pp.68-76 in The Cybrarian’s Manual 2. Edited by Pat Ensor. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000.
- “Re-Defining the Library Meme: Memory and Imagination,” pp.155-65 in Information Imagineering: Meeting at the Interface. Edited by Milton T. Wolf, Pat Ensor, and Mary Augusta Thomas. Chicago: American Library Association, 1998.
- “Planning Basics for a Library FTP Site: The 'Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge' at Smithsonian Institution Libraries,” pp. 37-44, in The Internet Library: Case Studies of Library Internet Management and Use. Edited by Julie Still. Westport, Conn.: Mecklermedia, 1994.
- "Unlocking Index Animalium: From paper slips to bytes and bits," with Suzanne C. Pilsk and Joel M. Richard. ZooKeys 550: 153-171. 07 Jan 2016. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.550.9673
- "Retooling Special Collections Digitisation in the Age of Mass Scanning," with Constance Rinaldo, Judith Warnement, Tom Baione, and Susan Fraser. Ariadne. Issue 67, July 2011. http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue67/rinaldo-et-al/
- "The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Advancing Metadata Practices in a Collaborative Digital Library," with Pilsk, Suzanne C., Matthew A. Person; Joseph M. Deveer; John F. Furfey. Journal of Library Metadata, Volume 10, Issue 2 & 3 April 2010, pages 136-155. DOI: 10.1080/19386389.2010.506400. Full text: http://hdl.handle.net/10088/11122
- "Smithsonian Team Flickr: a library, archives, and museums collaboration in web 2.0 space," with Effie Kapsalis, Katherine P. Spiess, Anne Van Camp and Michael Edson. Archive Science (17 September 2009). DOI: 10.1007/s10502-009-9089-y. Full text: http://hdl.handle.net/10088/8156
- "Geocoding LCSH in the Biodiversity Heritage Library ," with Chris Freeland, Jay Paige, and Marc Crozier. Cod4Lib Journal Issue 2 (March 24, 2008).
- “Galaxy of Knowledge: Art and Design.” D-Lib Magazine. January 2006.
- “Online With the Show.” Library Journal Net Connect. (Winter 2001): 32-35.
- “Cataloging and Reference Staff use Pathfinders to Improve Access.” OCLC Newsletter no.252 (July/August 2001): 41
- "Edge of the Web: A Brief Guide to Digital Collections." LITA Newsletter 20.4 (Fall 1999). www.lita.org/newslett/v20n4/.
- “An Insider's Guide to Washington, D.C.” with Joan Stahl. Library Journal 123.10 (June 1, 1998, Special Supplement): S15-S22.
- “‘I Remember It Well:’” Paul Bern, Jean Harlow, and the Negotiation of Information," with Janice Bailey-Goldschmidt and Mary C. Kalfatovic. Journal of Popular Culture 30.3 (Winter 1996): 223-35.
- “Internet Resources in the Visual Arts.” College & Research Library News 57.5 (May 1996): 289-93.
- “A Note on Milton's Lycidas.” ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 7.4 (October 1994): 208-09.
- “Sex, Lies and European Hegemony: Travel Literature and Ideology,” with Janice Bailey-Goldschmidt. Journal of Popular Culture 26.4 (Spring 1993): 141-53.
- “Faulkner's 'Knight's Gambit'.” Explicator 45.3 (Spring 1987): 47-48.
- "Enabling Progress in Global Biodiversity Research: The Biodiversity Heritage Library," pp. 406-418, with Constance Rinaldo. The Proceedings of the Eighth Shanghai International Library Forum. 6-8 July 2016. Shanghai: Shanghai Scientific and Technological Literature Press, 2016.
- "Report from the 'What is Open?' Workgroup" with Rick Anderson, Seth Denbo, Diane Graves, Susan Haigh, Steven Hill, Roy Kaufman, Catherine Murray-Rust, Kathleen Shearer, Dick Wilder, and Alicia Wise. Open Scholarship Initiative Proceedings, Volume 1, 2016. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.13021/G8XK5R
- "African Digital Libraries in Global Content: The Biodiversity Heritage Library Model" Martin R. Kalfatovic & Anne-Lise Fourie. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives. Accra, Ghana, 28 May 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/10539/18400 | http://wiredspace.wits.ac.za/handle/10539/18400
- "Collaboration and communication tools used by the Biodiversity Heritage Library" pp. 361-62, with Trish-Rose Sandler, Constance Rinaldo, Keri Thompson, William Ulate. JCDL '12 Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital Libraries. ACM New York, NY, 2012. doi: 10.1145/2232817.2232891
- "Library to Library: Sharing America's Smithsonian" pp. 153-56, with Suzanne C. Pilsk. Computers in Libraries 2002 Proceedings, compiled by Carol Nixon. Information Today, Inc.: Medford, N.J., 2002.
- “Is there a Future for Dublin Core and Metadata in a Practical World?” pp.122-125, with Suzanne C. Pilsk in Computers in Libraries 2001 Proceedings, compiled by Carol Nixon. Information Today, Inc.: Medford, N.J., 2001.
- “The Smithsonian Institution Libraries Digital Information Center: Digital Outreach, E-Journals, and Traditional Reference Services,” pp.12-16, with Elaine Cline, Amy DeGroff, Lowell Ashley in Computers in Libraries 1999 Proceedings, compiled by Carol Nixon and Heide Dengler. Information Today, Inc.: Medford, N.J., 1999.
- “Project Access: Providing Internet Access to the Smithsonian Institution Research Community,” pp.27-36, with Amy A. Begg, in Finding Common Ground: Creating the Library of the Future Without Diminishing the Library of the Past edited by Cheryl M. LaGuardia and Barbara A. Mitchell. Neal-Schuman: New York, 1998.
- “Running to Keep in Place: Training Library Staff in Information Access,” pp. 62-65, with Sujata G. DeHart, in Computers in Libraries 1997 Proceedings. Information Today, Inc.: Medford, N.J., 1997.
- “The Preservation of Knowledge: Institutional Memory and the Contracting Out of Government Libraries,” pp.47-56. The Information Professional: An Unparalleled Resource. Papers Contributed for the 81st Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association, June 9-14, 1990. Special Libraries Association: Washington, D.C., 1990.