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Spring 2012
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Mann Library Opens New Chapter in Access to Historical Biological Literature

A rich stream of historical life sciences literature from Mann Library’s renowned collections will soon be online, free and available to the public, as part of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL). Mann is spearheading the new partnership between the BHL and Cornell University Library, which opens a new chapter in scholarly access to important treasures in the literature of the biological sciences. The BHL is a nonprofit consortium of museums and 14 libraries that cooperate to create a digital “biodiversity commons” of historic scientific literature that would otherwise be highly fragmented or possible to view at only a limited number of physical libraries. Participating institutions—which all contribute content to BHL’s online library—hail from the U.S., Europe, Australia, and China. Cornell is the second academic institution to become a member of BHL, joining Harvard Library. The next focus of Mann’s participation will be the digitization of Cornell’s entomology collection, which is one of the largest and finest in the world.