Newest In-Copyright Additions to our Collection

Did you know that there is modern literature in our collection?

We have permission with over 165 licensors to provide nearly 400 in-copyright titles for free and open access under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. In other words, we have contemporary titles in our collection that you are free to use so long as you attribute the content to the copyright holder, use the content for educational or personal use only (commercial use is NOT allowed) and share the content under the same license (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0). You can even create derivatives of the content for reuse so long as you adhere to the terms of the license.

BHL is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of 4 new in-copyright titles that we are in the process of adding to our collection:

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The San Diego Shell Club []
Since 1961, the San Diego Shell Club has been promoting research and appreciation of Mollusca through “lectures, club meetings and field trips,” as well as through their peer-reviewed publication, The Festivus. The Club has relationships with natural history museums in southern California including the San Diego Natural History Museum, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

  • BHL is looking forward to providing back-issues of The Festivus through 2013 in our collection soon. Please monitor our recent additions page to track its progress. The San Diego Shell Club offers copies of their current volume for a very affordable fee via their website.
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California Botanical Society []
Dedicated to the advancement of Western American botany, the California Botanical Society has been operating since 1913. Through its peer-reviewed publication, annual banquet, research support, graduate student support and community outreach it continues to play a major role in promoting scientific study and raising awareness about this important niche area of botany.

  • Digitization of Madroño; a West American journal of botany is actively in progress with over 50 volumes and counting. The California Botanical Society agreed to provide in-copyright volumes for the BHL collection under a 3 year “moving wall” or embargo meaning that for 2015 we will complete digitization up through the 2012 volume. Every year thereafter, we will digitize one more volume such that the 2013 volume will be available in 2016 and so on.

Work in progress…and if you are wondering why the current series of volumes for this title is out of sequence, it is because we are still in the process of digitizing the title, modifying the metadata, and ensuring we have all volumes present and accounted for. Sequencing volumes in their proper order takes manual curation of the items in our collection. Thanks, in advance, for your patience. Notice other titles with volumes out of order? Please let us know and thanks! We’ll get to it when we can.

The Royal Society of Queensland [ with the publication of its first Proceedings in 1884 as a successor to the Philosophical Society of Queensland. Over 150 years later, the Society is not only the oldest scientific institution in Queensland but is still producing its Proceedings on an annual basis. Entirely run by volunteers, the Society “seeks to increase awareness of the sciences in Queensland” by promoting “original research and the application of scientific method and knowledge to policy-making and decision-making.”

  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland. BHL digitized early volumes of the Society’s publication in 2009 and is in the process of digitizing through 1955. Please stay tuned for more volumes to appear in the coming weeks.
  • The earliest volumes of the Society were published as the Transactions of the Philosophical Society of Queensland vol.1 (1859) to vol.3 (1872) and will be digitized to BHL as well. These early volumes are proving tricky to track down within our BHL consortium partner holdings but where there’s a will, there’s a way…

Would you like to contribute any in-copyright content to the BHL? If we hold the content in one of our partner libraries we would be happy to digitize it under a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 license and make it available via our website. Please see our Permissions page for more information and contact us [].

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Bianca Crowley is the Digital Collections Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library, headquartered at Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. She has spent her career in this role helping consortium Partners grow and curate BHL's collection. Her main responsibilities revolve around program administration and collection management, but you can also find her tackling technical development, documentation, copyright, and cataloging issues as time allows. She received her MSLIS from The Catholic University of America.