A Vast Library of Life: Biodiversity Heritage Library

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, Educators
  • Category: Heritage, Singapore & S.E.A
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Fri, 17 Mar, 2017, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM (GMT+8)

National Library

Level 1 - Visitors' Briefing Room

100 Victoria Street, National Library Board, Singapore 188064

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  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Adults, Educators

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Understanding life on our planet – the millions of species that live on earth, their relationships with each other as well as with us –  is now more important than ever. The scientific data collected over hundreds of years is now freely available from the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). Singapore is a key partner in this global endeavor, anchoring the BHL's data from Southeast Asia.
Martin R. Kalfatovic and Grace Costantino from the Biodiversity Heritage Library will discuss the importance of over 300 years of scientific publications related to biodiversity and how the BHL, a free, global, and open collection of the most important research about life on earth, provides citizens of the world with access to the most authoritative literature available.

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About the Speakers
Martin R. Kalfatovic is the Program Director of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and Associate Director for Smithsonian Libraries. As the Program Director for BHL, a consortium of 16 natural history, research, and botanical garden libraries, he participates in the global coordination of the BHL project working with BHL partners in China, Brazil, Australia, the European Union, Egypt, Singapore, Mexico, and Africa. At Smithsonian Libraries, he is involved with scholar communications, mass digitisation, education and outreach, as well as product development and licensing. He earned his Master of Science in Library Science from the School of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America. He can be found on Twitter @BHLProgDirector and has an inordinate fondness for dodos.

Grace Costantino is the Outreach and Communication Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). She developed and manages BHL's outreach and communication strategy, oversees social media initiatives, and engages with the public to create awareness about the wealth of biodiversity heritage and knowledge available in BHL. She previously served as the BHL Program Manager from 2012-2013 and was a Digital Collections Librarian at Smithsonian Libraries from 2008-2012. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Graphic Design and a Master of Science in Information Systems and Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently completing a Communication Management graduate program at the University of Denver.

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