Welcome to Colleen Funkhouser, BHL Program Manager

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Colleen Funkhouser, BHL Program Manager. Photo Credit: Colleen Funkhouser.

We are pleased to welcome Colleen Funkhouser as the new BHL Program Manager. As Program Manager, Ms. Funkhouser will work to build strategic partnerships and to maintain and grow the infrastructure and services of BHL.

A digital librarian with a background in biology, Ms. Funkhouser has previously supported academic and federal libraries with a focus on scientific research. She comes to BHL from the National Science Foundation, where she served as a Digital Librarian for the past three years. She was first introduced to BHL as a Cataloging Intern for the Smithsonian Field Book Project in 2015.

Ms. Funkhouser holds an MSLIS from The Catholic University of America and a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University.

Ms. Funkhouser follows Carolyn Sheffield, who served as BHL Program Manager from 2013 – March 2019, when she took a new position as Associate Director, Library Technology and Digital Strategies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery. We are grateful to Ms. Sheffield for her many years of invaluable service to BHL.

We look forward to continuing to build and strengthen our program and consortium with Ms. Funkhouser as she joins the BHL Secretariat at the Smithsonian Libraries. Please join us in welcoming her to the BHL family!

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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.