QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER | MARCH 2021
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.
250,000+ Free Nature Images in Flickr
Over 250,000 nature images are now freely available in the BHL Flickr!

Since 2011, we’ve been making many of the illustrations from BHL’s collection available via Flickr. Last year, with many of our partners working virtually, we focused on projects to improve our digital collections remotely. This provided a unique opportunity to substantially grow our Flickr collection by over 90,000 new images—a nearly 200% increase in images uploaded compared to 2019.

Flickr also provides an opportunity for the public to help enhance the metadata for these images through crowdsourcing by adding tags for species, artists, and more.

Bringing Natural History Art to Life Through Immersive Artworks
Imagine stepping into a world teeming with dazzling biodiversity...and born from natural history art. Artist Clare Börsch creates such fantastical worlds through immersive installations using images sourced from open access collections like BHL.

Wikipedia & Women in Science
Join us on 25 March 2021 (1-3pm ET) for Wikipedia & Women in Science: Smithsonian Groundbreakers Edit-a-thon, an online Wikipedia editing workshop hosted in conjunction with the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative and the Smithsonian Institution Archives, part of the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives.

During this training, attendees of all experience levels will learn the basics of how to edit Wikipedia by updating articles related to the history of women in science at the Smithsonian Institution. Presenters will share how editors might research the work of these women in the absence of personal papers and institutional records.

Frances Sargent Osgood and the Language of Flowers
In the language of flowers, blooms have meanings and bouquets convey "secret messages"—if you know how to decode them. Frances Sargent Osgood edited two volumes in this popular Victorian genre, which have been made freely available in BHL by the Lenhardt Library of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Teaching Rare Book Cataloguing During a Pandemic
BHL has been an invaluable resource for many during the COVID-19 pandemic. Librarian Gemma Steele shares how BHL enabled her to teach rare book cataloguing virtually even while physical access to the Museums Victoria library collections was unavailable.

Updates to Bibliography Pages in BHL
We have updated the bibliography pages in BHL to streamline the presentation of information about and metadata export options for content in the Library.

The Untold Story of Virginia and José Correia
Virginia and José Correia participated in many scientific expeditions for the American Museum of Natural History in the first half of the 20th century. Their work helped the Museum build a world-class ornithology collection. However, their story is little-known today. The digitization of José’s field notes provides a new opportunity to explore the Correias' scientific contributions.

Insights From the Writings of William Brewster
The Ernst Mayr Library and Archives of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University holds a unique and extensive collection of photographs, letters, manuscripts and field notes from ornithologist William Brewster. These materials offer a rich record of ecological change and species occurrence data and provide insight into the contributions of those who worked with Brewster, such as Black photographer Robert Alexander Gilbert. Through a series of articles on the BHL blog, the Ernst Mayr Library explores the impact of digitizing and transcribing Brewster's writings, which make the unpublished observations and primary source data in these archival records available for text analysis, data mining, and digital scholarship in modern scientific and humanitarian research efforts.

Finding Refuge in the Library: How BHL Inspired the Mycological Book Club
When the U.K. went into its first national lockdown due to COVID-19, amateur mycologist Clare Blencowe founded The Mycological Book Club (@MycoBookClub)—a new, socially distanced way to connect with other fungi lovers. BHL's open access collections inspired this Twitter-based book club.

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