Flora, Fauna, and Fine Books

View Full Size ImageThe latest issue of Fine Books & Collections (November/December 2007) includes an excellent article on the Biodiversity Heritage Library. “Flora and Fauna: Creating a Global Library of Life, One Digital Page at a Time” by Rebecca Rego Barry and Scott Brown is an excellent overview of the BHL project.

Interviews with Doug Holland (Director, Missouri Botanical Garden Library), Graham Higley (Chair, BHL board and Head of Library and Information Services, Natural History Museum, London), and Tom Garnett (BHL Director).

Bibliophiles will enjoy the illustration from Herbarius (1484) from the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) Library collections.

Doug Holland also steps out from behind his desk to pose with a portion of the MBG rare book collection.

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Martin R. Kalfatovic is BHL Program Director and Associate Director, Digital Programs and Initiatives Division, Smithsonian Libraries. As the BHL Program Director, Mr. Kalfatovic functions as the executive director and manager of the international consortium of over 80 natural history, botanical garden, government, and university libraries engaged in the mass digitization of taxonomic literature. The position also serves as a key contact for government, NGO, and academic leaders at both the national and international level. Within his role at Smithsonian Libraries, Mr. Kalfatovic is responsible for the Libraries’ active Digital Library program. This program includes the creation of digital editions of library materials, online exhibitions, and new digital publications.