Wednesday, January 30, 2008

BHL presentation at National Agriculture Library

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Smithsonian Institution Libraries staff members Martin Kalfatovic and Suzanne Pilsk gave a presentation on BHL to staff from the National Agriculture Library, the USDA Agriculture Research Service, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and others.

  • The Biodiversity Heritage Library. Martin R. Kalfatovic and Suzanne C. Pilsk. National Agriculture Library: Issues and Answers Seminar. January 30, 2008. Beltsville, MD.

Visit to the National Agriculture Library

A visit to the National Agriculture Library to make a presentation on the Biodiversity Heritage Library

Thursday, January 17, 2008

View of San Francisco from Coit Tower


Coit Tower

Coit Tower

Sign: Stop: Internet Archive

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I finally got a good shot of the Internet Archive HQ with a stop sign and just the right sky.

I'm spending a few days at the Archive to work on some technical/process issues related to the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

The "Stop" sign is part of my fixation on the octogon (

Whiteboarding ...

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Building the Biodiversity Heritage Library one whiteboard at a time! (Fedora meeting at the Moore Foundation)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

A "winning" book

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Creating a Winning Online Exhibition continues to get nice display space at the ALA Store. Here at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, it gets some nice window space!

ALA Midwinter Gathering

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Staff from member institutions of the Biodiversity Heritage Library, Open Content Alliance, and the Boston Library Consortium got together during ALA Midwinter (Philadelphia) at the Omni Hotel for some informal discussion. Attending were staff from Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Williams, Brandeis, U Mass-Amherst, Boston Library Consortium, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Academy of Natural Sciences, FLICC/FEDLINK, and LuraTech.

Global Warming Panic Sale!

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Anything to raise awareness (or to sell clothes?)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New Hampshire Primary "Victory" Songs!

Watching the various "victory" speeches after the New Hampshire primary - since no one, not even Mike Gravel "lost", I was intrigued by the choice of "fade out" music by the various candidates. What can we make of the following:

  • Hillary Clinton. "American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Barack Obama. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder
  • John Edwards. "Our Country" by John Mellencamp
  • Mitt Romney. "Dirty Water" by the Standells (my vote for oddest choice! What are we to make of his choice of a song about breaking college curfews by frustrated 1960 coeds!?!?!)
  • John McCain. (Didn't catch his)

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Quote of the Day: January 9, 2008

"A fossil is the most stable point in the lifetime of a skeleton"
- Stephen Abrams. Stephen's Lighthouse Blog. 30 December 2007