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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

BHL Welcomes Adriana Marroquin, Field Notes Project Manager


Adriana Marroquin recently joined the BHL as the Field Notes Project Manager. This isn’t Adriana’s first time with the BHL or Smithsonian Libraries. She interned for the BHL and the Smithsonian Botany & Horticulture library after graduate school, and later worked as a library technician at the Anthropology, and American Art/Portrait Gallery libraries. In 2014, she compiled and wrote BHL’s Latino Natural History exhibition. Earlier this year she worked on the AA/PG’s Art & Artist Corporate Files Database.

As the Field Notes Project Manager, Adriana will coordinate the activities of the BHL Field Notes project across the participating institutions. Related to the Smithsonian Field Book Project, the BHL Field Notes Project will digitize approximately 50 complete collections of primary natural history field research material, resulting in hundreds of thousands of digitized pages. This material will offer researchers access to a rich source of field notes, including diaries, journals, correspondence, and photographs. It’s an exciting project, and Adriana is looking forward to being a part of it.

She completed a BFA in writing, literature and publishing at Emerson College, during which she was a paleoecology lab intern at Harvard Forest with Dr. W. Wyatt Oswald. She went on to complete her MLS at the University of Maryland. In addition to her time at BHL and Smithsonian, Adriana’s library career has taken her to a variety of libraries, including a public law library, and BHL Members Harvard Botany Libraries and Library of Congress. Her interests include Halloween, Dungeons & Dragons, knitting, and comics. In the past few years, her interest in comics has leaked into her professional life. She volunteered at the Library of Congress processing the Small Press Expo mini-comics collection, and periodically writes for No Flying No Tights, a comics resource for librarians.

The BHL Field Notes Project is generously funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). More information on the CLIR Hidden Collections competition is available here.


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