BHL Book of the Week: Six degrees of BHL

With well over 35,000 titles to choose from, the BHL book of the week selection can sometimes be a daunting task. (Each title more thrilling than the last!) So this week, I decided to play a game with you to arrive at the next selection. We’ll dig deep into the repository and maybe find a path to something unexpected. According to our most recent poll, Invertebrate Zoology beats out Botany by a nose as the most popular area of biodiversity research. So, because we need a 1st degree and a 6th degree, and it’s cheating to have the one making the connections do the picking, I humbly ask for your participation to test my librarian’s mettle. Please suggest (in the comments) an IZ scientist–or even a title–for me to connect with a Botanist’s work or otherwise significant figure. Will it work? Will it be neat? I don’t know. But even if I find the connections too obscure (no way!) to piece together, we’ll all, at the very least, have the excitement of the journey to enjoy.

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Erin Thomas served as a Digital Collections Librarian at Smithsonian Libraries from 2009-2014.