|Kristen Bullard at SI Autumn Conservation Festival|
Our BHL member institutions are extremely invested in the Biodiversity Heritage Library project. As the largest collaborative digital library in the biodiversity sciences, BHL is a unique and exceptional opportunity to work with like-minded institutions to repatriate the knowledge in our collections to the world. For many partners, BHL represents the single largest digital initiative at their institutions. As such, our partners take every opportunity to promote the project. Case in point: The Smithsonian Libraries' Autumn Conservation Festival!
On Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7, Smithsonian Libraries (SIL) had a table at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's (SCBI) Autumn Conservation Festival in Front Royal, VA. Smithsonian Librarians Kristen Bullard, Sue Zwicker, and Polly Lasker introduced hundreds of guests to Smithsonian Libraries' activities, including the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Despite a light sporadic drizzle on Sunday, many people stopped by the SIL table.As they did at the recent SERC event, visitors learned about SI Libraries, the Gallery of Images and the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Our younger visitors were able to color BHL coloring pages, and earned call number stickers by answering a question about how to find a particular book (Giant Pandas) at a library. SIL staff member Anne Graham helped make this educational activity a success by creating the very popular stickers.
|How does a child envision an octopus? These coloring pages from BHL, provided to younger visitors at the Autumn Festival, are quite revealing, particularly when compared with the original image!|
|And what about a pear? Compare a child's imaginative rendition of one to the original, from BHL.|
|Call Number Stickers at the SI Conservation Festival|
|Kristen Bullard interacting with visitors at the SI Conservation Festival|
- Kristen Bullard, Librarian, Smithsonian Libraries