Ondřej Dostál, Director of the Mendel Museum visit the BHL Secretariat Offices

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The BHL Secretariat was honored to be visited by Mgr. Ondřej Dostál, Director of the Mendel Museum of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

Dr. Dostál shared information about the digitization work being done at the museum, particularly around the works of Mendel.

Special thanks to Tomoko Steen, BHL Member representative from the Library of Congress, who introduced Dr. Dostál to Program Director Martin Kalfatovic and also joined us for our meeting.

There was also an opportunity for Dr. Dostál to visit the Smithsonian Libraries’ Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History and the Smithsonian Libraries’ digitization facility in the National Museum of Natural History.

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Martin R. Kalfatovic is BHL Program Director and Associate Director, Digital Programs and Initiatives Division, Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. 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 and Archives, 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.