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Biodiversity Heritage Library National Digital Stewardship Residents Webinars

We are pleased to announce five upcoming webinars from BHL’s NDSR residents! As many of you already know, each resident has spent the past 10 months or so working hard on individual—yet inter-related—research projects to explore how we might best improve the features and functionality of BHL to incorporate new technologies and evolving best practices for digital libraries and the larger biodiversity community.

Each resident will be delivering a webinar, reporting on the results of their research to date along with their recommendations for BHL. The topics and schedule for the...

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Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature (EABL)

This post was written by Patrick Randall, Community Manager for the IMLS-funded Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literatre (EABL) grant.

The EABL project began in the fall of 2015 and ends in January, 2018. This post discusses the goals of the grant, the role of the Ernst Mayr Library in meeting those goals, and the zoological titles that have been added to the collection of the...

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Q&A with Katie Mika

In this Q&A, Connie Rinaldo, Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, spoke with Katie Mika, the National Digital Stewardship Resident for Foundations to Actions: Extending Innovations in Digital Libraries in Partnership with NDSR Learners.

Who she is:


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Post by Ariadne Rehbein, Katie Mika, Marissa Kings, Pamela McClanahan and Alicia Esquivel

Hello! We’ve been focusing on transforming our research into recommendation outlines that we presented to the BHL Tech Team last week. As we head into the final quarter of our residencies, we’ll be focusing on tweaking these ideas, developing workflows and proofs of concept, and finalizing our recommendations in a Best Practices White Paper by December. For this update, we wanted to give a preview of what some of these recommendations will...



This is a fairly incomplete post about the work that’s going on regarding adding BHL bibliography metadata to Wikidata. I hope to have several more of these posts before the end of the year! 

Following some productive conversations on donating BHL bibliographic metadata to Wikidata, it was discovered almost immediately that BHL’s data is not terribly useful without some serious munging. One of the biggest problems with BHL bibliographic metadata is that it comes from lots of different libraries and museums,...


Expedition to Mt. Auburn

Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is renowned as an urban wildlife habitat.  Though it is especially famous for its birds, this summer an aquatic species has attracted attention.  A spectacular bloom of bryozoan Pectinatella magnifica is now in progress in Willow Pond.  Librarian Mary Sears joined graduate students from Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology and Prof. Abigail Smith of the University of... Read more about Expedition to Mt. Auburn

Notes from William Brewster: Puzzling out Bird Sounds

This post is part of a series on the collection of ornithologist William Brewster (1851-1919) at the Ernst Mayr Library, written by Elizabeth Meyer, library project assistant.

“The conditions which govern the singing of birds are a constant puzzle to me,” Brewster wrote in his journal after decades of ornithological study. [1] We have some solid information now about how and why birds make certain sounds [2], but Brewster didn’t know the difference between songs and calls; that sounds can serve to attract mates and declare a...

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