Biodiversity Heritage Library
This blog is written by staff writers who come from a consortium 14 of major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions around the world. These institutions have joined forces to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library, a digital library providing open free access to digitized texts from the taxonomic corpus. Participating libraries include Harvard's University's Ernst Mayr Library, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and the California Academy of Sciences, just to name a few. They have over two million volumes of biodiversity literature, collected over 200 years to support the work of scientists, researchers, and students in their home institutions and throughout the world.
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We are pleased to announce that the Research Library at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden have joined the Biodiversity Heritage Library as BHL Affiliates. The addition of these libraries not only expands BHL’s presence within the research community, but will also greatly strengthen our library through the incorporation of literature unique to these affiliates’ collections.The Research Library at the Natural […]
Happy Moth Week! National Moth Week is an annual event that celebrates the diversity and magnificence of moths. By partnering with online biological databases, National Moth Week encourages everyone to become a citizen scientist by helping map moth distributions and provide information about these amazing species. BHL is celebrating moth week by highlighting select species gleaned from one of our favorite BHL books: Butterflies and Moths: Shown to the Children (1910), by Janet Harvey Kelman, […]
From left to right: Cindy-Lee Daniels and Lidia Swart (staff at the Digitization Office, Library Services, University of Pretoria); Gemma Waterston (IA Satellite Coordinator) and Robert Miller (Director of Global IA)On April 15, 2013, during a ceremony hosted at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden in Pretoria, South Africa, BHL-Africa officially launched as our sixth global node. Working within the BHL consortium, BHL-Africa […]
Ohio, 1854. A dense, black shadow begins to creep across the northern edges of the horizon, slowly but incessantly blotting out a bright cerulean sky. Residents take notice, and pour out of their homes and businesses to stare in wide-eyed awe and trepidation at the phenomena edging towards them.Hours pass, and the sky is hurled into unwavering darkness. Finally, as the day fades, the sun itself succumbs to this nameless power.Men and women fall to their knees in prayer, begging for deliverance […]
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