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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Book of the Week: Calling All Chocolate Lovers


To all you chocolate lovers out there: one of the featured species on EOL this week was Theobroma cacao, better known as Cacao, from whence chocolate is created. So, in the spirit of collaboration, and with a desire to feature something as deliciously addictive as chocolate, we thought we'd pull some inspiration from this featured botanical delight and showcase Theobroma cacao in this week's book of the week. So, check out To the River Plate and back : the narrative of a scientific mission to South America, with observations upon things seen and suggested (1913), by W.J. Holland. This work features eight color plates and seventy-eight other drawings taken from the author's trip to the "Silver River" in South America. As the author so clearly outlines in his preface, this narrative is "the record of a pleasant journey, during which I saw much and learned much which was of interest to me and may also be of interest to my readers." And the pilgrimmage must indeed have been pleasant, because W.J. Holland encountered Theobroma cacao, a chief export of Trinidad, along the way!


Check out Theobroma cacao on EOL!

This week's book of the week, To the River Plate and back : the narrative of a scientific mission to South America, with observations upon things seen and suggested (1913), by W.J. Holland, was contributed by The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical Garden.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Help Us Help You: Announcing the BHL Survey 2010!

Over the past few weeks, we here at the Biodiversity Heritage Library have been hard at work developing a user (that's you!) survey. We'd like to know more about what you like about us, naturally, but we also need to know what you don't like. As you may already be aware, the BHL is a work in progress. As such, we need your input to help guide the progression of our work over the next few years. We humbly request your assistance in responding to the BHL Survey 2010. This survey is a key component in our continuing efforts to build a library which is responsive to and serves the needs of our user communities (again, that's you!). We can't emphasize enough the value we place on your responses and ideas. They are sincerely appreciated and vital to further development.

The BHL is presently comprised over 26 million scanned pages of biodiversity literature, and has established partnerships with projects in Europe (BHL-Europe) and China (BHL-China) and is engaged in discussion to establish partner projects in Brazil, Australia, and Egypt. The development of this survey was a joint project of the BHL and BHL- Europe member institutions and the responses will inform further development as we continue to embrace our global heritage of biodiversity.

Click here to take the survey. Again, thank you for your input!