Update: Smorball and Beanstalk Access Restored

The Purposeful Gaming project has now ended and BHL is no longer utilizing outputs from the games created as part of this project: Smorball and Beanstalk. However, both games will remain live for your continued enjoyment. Learn more.

UPDATE: Access to BHL’s two online games, Smorball and Beanstalk, has now been restored. Thank you for your patience. Start playing today and improve access to BHL’s books and journals by helping to correct our OCR (optical character recognition). Learn more.

Below Posted 2 June, 2016:

BHL’s two online games, Smorball and Beanstalk, are temporarily unavailable while we transfer the domains to a new registrar. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. We will provide notification via this blog, Twitter, and Facebook once access to the games is restored.

You can learn more about our games, and how they help improve the discoverability of BHL books, in this past blog post. To date, over 5,000 people have played the games and over 140,000 words have been typed. Thank you so much to all of our players and for your contributions to help improve access to biodiversity literature!

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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.