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

Recent Presentations


  • 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.

Book Chapters

  • “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.



  • "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:
  • "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. | 
  • "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.