Title

Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature

Location

KIPJ Room G

Session Type

Concurrent Session

Start Date

2-5-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

2-5-2017 1:45 PM

Keywords

Natural history, Open access, Metadata, Copyright, Discoverability, IMLS

Abstract

Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature (EABL) is an IMLS-funded grant designed to enhance the collection of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), a digital library providing open access to over 50 million pages of legacy biodiversity literature.

BHL's collection is built on the digitized holdings of its member libraries, typically large research universities, natural history museums, and other well-funded organizations. EABL, however, solicits content outside the BHL consortium; small organizations that often lack the resources for cataloging and digitization nevertheless have valuable and unique literature to contribute. This has created new challenges for BHL workflows, as well as opportunities for novel approaches to improving access and discovery.

This presentation focuses on three aspects of EABL's work: metadata, including methods for adapting a MARC-based system to archival and other non-standard bibliographic material; copyright and strategies to mitigating risk of infringement; and discovery, particularly efforts to index articles and other bibliographic segments.

The presentation will be informative for practitioners in open access digital repositories, those interested in soliciting content from external organizations, and those looking for metadata and digitization workflows to handle a diverse array of content.

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May 2nd, 1:00 PM May 2nd, 1:45 PM

Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature

KIPJ Room G

Expanding Access to Biodiversity Literature (EABL) is an IMLS-funded grant designed to enhance the collection of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), a digital library providing open access to over 50 million pages of legacy biodiversity literature.

BHL's collection is built on the digitized holdings of its member libraries, typically large research universities, natural history museums, and other well-funded organizations. EABL, however, solicits content outside the BHL consortium; small organizations that often lack the resources for cataloging and digitization nevertheless have valuable and unique literature to contribute. This has created new challenges for BHL workflows, as well as opportunities for novel approaches to improving access and discovery.

This presentation focuses on three aspects of EABL's work: metadata, including methods for adapting a MARC-based system to archival and other non-standard bibliographic material; copyright and strategies to mitigating risk of infringement; and discovery, particularly efforts to index articles and other bibliographic segments.

The presentation will be informative for practitioners in open access digital repositories, those interested in soliciting content from external organizations, and those looking for metadata and digitization workflows to handle a diverse array of content.