Life and Literature Conference Attendee Interviews: Part 1

As we continue to explore the various outcomes of the Life and Literature conference, two common questions we receive are, “Who was at the conference” and “What did they have to say about it or BHL?” If you are also asking yourself these questions, then you’re in luck! While at the conference, we conducted interviews with several of the attendees, asking them these very things. And we’ve made these interviews available on the Life and Literature website.

This week on the BHL blog, we’ll post a few of the 17 interviews each day, giving you the chance to get to know the thoughts and opinions of those at Life and Literature. And if these interviews stimulate ideas and opinions about the conference or BHL in you, be sure to share those on our Titan Pad discussion pages! Don’t forget that conference notes and speaker presentations can also be found on the website. If you attended the Life and Literature conference, be sure to take the survey, which will be closing November 30th.

We would like to extend a special thanks to Jennifer Rubin, Matthew Regan, and Bianca Crowley for conducting these interviews, and to all those who participated and shared their valuable thoughts with us. Enjoy the first 3 of the 17 interviews below, and see them all on the Life and Literature website.

George Dyson:

Edward Valauskas:

Lucy Waruingi:

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Grace Costantino served as the Outreach and Communication Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library from 2014 to 2021. In this capacity, she developed and managed BHL's communication strategy, oversaw social media initiatives, and engaged with the public to excite audiences about the wealth of biodiversity heritage available in BHL. Prior to her role as Outreach and Communication Manager, Grace served as the Digital Collections Librarian for Smithsonian Libraries and as the Program Manager for BHL.