Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Ithaka S+R Case Study

A summary report, “Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections,” is available at org/research-publications/searching-sustainability


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License: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US)


The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), created in 2006, is the result of a collaboration of ten natural history museum and botanical garden libraries seeking to digitize core taxonomic literature and to make it free and openly available throughout the world. Today, the BHL includes fifteen member institutions whose efforts have shaped a collection of over 60,000 titles. It is supported through a combination of membership dues, in-kind support from member institutions, contributions from the user community, and direct support from the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, and it reaches tens of thousands of users each year. While managing the complex partnership has not been easy, BHL offers an instructive model for multi-institutional, international collaboration.