January 20, 2022

The Superb Biodiversity Heritage Library Will Be a DPLA Content Hub

The prototype launch of the Digital Public Library of America will take place in Boston on April 18th.

From a Joint DPLA and BHL Announcement:

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is pleased to announce that it will serve as a digital content hub within the Digital Public Library of America.

As a result of BHL’s participation as a digital content hub, links to over 111,000 BHL volumes [more than 40 million pages] will be available within the DPLA portal. Through the DPLA, the Biodiversity Heritage Library will collaborate with renowned libraries, universities, archives and museums to reach a wide national audience.

“The Biodiversity Heritage Library is excited to be part of the Digital Public Library of America and to provide an important body of literature that will support the important mission of providing openly available scientific publications,” said Martin Kalfatovic, BHL Program Director.

Kalfatovic served, along with founding BHL Technical Director Chris Freeland, as first co-chairs of the DPLA’s Technical Aspects Workstream.

More About the BHL

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) released a new user interface, improved navigation, etc. on their own web site less than one month ago.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” The BHL consortium works with the international taxonomic community, rights holders, and other interested parties to ensure that this biodiversity heritage is made available to a global audience through open access principles. In partnership with the Internet Archive and through local digitization efforts, the BHL has digitized millions of pages of taxonomic literature , representing tens of thousands of titles and over 100,000 volumes.

Direct to BHL’s Advanced Search Interface
The entire collection can also be browsed

See Also: Announcing the New Biodiversity Heritage Library!

Take a Look at Recent Additions to the BHL

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.