VALA2014 Session 9A Panel

Creating a Global Biodiversity Heritage Library

VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 9A: Scanning Locally, Collaborating Globally
Wednesday 5 February 2014, 13:45 – 15:25
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Dr Nancy Gwinn

Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, USA

Mr Martin Kalfatovic

BHL, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA

Dr Elycia Wallis

Museum Victoria, Victoria, Australia

Mr William Ulate

Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, USA

Ms Anne-Lise Fourien

South African National Biodiversity Institute, SA

Mr Jiri Frank

National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic

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VALA Invited Paper


The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), originally formed in 2006 as a consortium of museum and botanical garden libraries, now incorporates collaborators in the US, UK, Europe, Australia, South America, Egypt, China, and Africa. BHL now aggregates nearly 40 million pages of biodiversity literature representing over 117,000 volumes, including pre-Linnean (>1753) to contemporary volumes. The primary user base is life-science researchers. Providing open and free access to the published literature of biodiversity, the BHL serves as a model for a large-scale curated digital library collection. This panel will discuss topics related to creating and maintaining a multinational digital library program.

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