January 20, 2022

A Look at What’s New at the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

Two items about the wonderful Biodiversity Heritage Library follow. If you’re not familiar with this resource/project.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

First, Matt Ennis at Library Journal has written a new article titled, “Biodiversity Heritage Library Launches Crowdsourcing Games”

The Purposeful Gaming and BHL project recently launched its first two browser-based video games, Smorball and Beanstalk.  Both are designed to offer players a fun online diversion while helping the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) enable full-text searching of digitized materials. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which was awarded in December 2013, the .project is exploring how games might be used to entice people to participate in crowdsourcing efforts at libraries and museums.

Direct to Full Text Article

Second, the Biodiversity Heritage Library published their quarterly report (Summer 2015 ) last week.

The colorful and info packed 12 page document includes organization highlights and articles about taxonomy, metadata, ocean science, and more.

Direct to Full Text of Biodiversity Heritage Library Quarterly Report (Summer 2015)

Fast Stats About BHL

97,686 titles
165,263 volumes
46,913,252 pages

Also New at BHL: “Announcing Altmetric and MyTweeps on 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.