an overview of the new york botanical garden digitizing program

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John Mignault, Systems Librarian, The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, The New York Botanical Garden. BHL @ SIL. June 25, 2007. Washington, DC.

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  • 1. Digitization at the New York Botanical Garden John Mignault Systems Librarian, The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
  • 2. The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
    • A prestigious botanical and horticultural library
    • Goals
      • Strengthen collections
      • Increase access
      • Provide quality resources & services
      • Stewardship of collections
  • 3. Virtual Herbarium
    • 7.5 million pressed plant specimens
    • 1.5 million specimens digitized
    • Running on KE Emu software
    • http://sciweb.nybg.org/science2/VirtualHerbarium.asp
  • 4. The pilot project - Michaux http://library.nybg.org/library/page1.php
  • 5. Why digitize?
    • More people now visit the Library virtually than physically
    • Need to expand access to materials to an increasingly online user population
    • Total Library usage (e-mails, onsite, website) = 120,800
    • Over 29,000 onsite visitors - 25%
    • 82,300 visitors to the virtual library - 75%!
  • 6. Circa Instans, 1190
  • 7. How much of the Librarys collections should we digitize?
  • 8. Proposed Plan for Digitization
    • Criteria
    • contributes to a critical mass in a specific subject
    • supports an online research or curriculum tool
    • Other factors
    • on demand research requests or interlibrary loans
    • commercial use scans for product development
    • collaborative potential
    • preservation reformatting
  • 9. Library Digitization Plan
    • user studies and audience identification
    • select collections to be scanned
    • implement best practices
    • image format and resolution
    • preservation and conservation
    • quality control and image management
    • equipment selection and maintenance
    • server space and digital archival storage
    • assess staffing and funding needs
  • 10.
  • 11. Web-based access provides substantial benefits to library users worldwide By making research materials that are out of copyright and in the public domain available digitally, we can drive traffic to the Gardens website and expose all of our collections to a greater audience.
  • 12. Digitization of Caribbean material can support Garden research programs
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  • 15. Research environment
    • Taxonomic intelligence tools
    • Full text available in BHL portal
    • Advanced search applications
  • 16.
  • 17. Book scanning in the Gardens imaging lab
  • 18. Future efforts
    • Task force
    • Technology infrastructure
    • Develop staffing
    • Integration with Virtual Herbarium
    • Integration of library resources
  • 19. Links
    • NYBG: http://www. nybg .org
    • Mertz Library: http://library.nybg.org
    • Virtual Herbarium: http://tinyurl.com/2zuvfa
    • BHL: http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org