FEDLINK Orientation to Federal Libraries& Information Centers Series

The Natural History and Physical Sciences Department of the Smithsonian Libraries

Thursday, February 28, 2013

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  (Please arrive by 1:50 p.m.)


(To view the meeting announcement, please point your browser to http://www.loc.gov/flicc/meeting_announcements/2013/ma201304.pdf)


The Natural History and Physical Sciences Department of the Smithsonian Libraries is headquartered at the National Museum of Natural History. It consists of the main library and a dozen or so specialized collections throughout the Natural History building: Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Mammals, Birds, Fishes/Reptiles, Mineral Sciences and Paleobiology. The department also provides library services for the National Zoological Park and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. In March, 2011, the 1st floor east court location of the main library opened in a vibrant new space on the entire 1st floor. Professional and technical library research services are provided for the museum by a staff of twelve.


Situated at the center of the world’s largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Libraries form a vital part of the research, exhibition and educational enterprise of the institution. The Libraries unite 20 libraries into one system supported by central collections support services. Through preservation treatments, experts work to save the Smithsonian’s 1.5 million printed books and manuscripts for future generations. Skilled catalogers apply descriptive metadata to make both online and physical collections accessible. Our digital library creates electronic versions of rare books and other distinctive collections, as well as exhibition and specialized finding aids. The Libraries also offers its treasures to the nation through book exhibitions, lectures, special tours and an extensive website.


The Smithsonian Libraries participates in the advancement of science and the arts just as we have from the inception of the Institution. Acting as both public and academic library, as both scholarly resource and general information service, the Libraries offers a galaxy of resources and the help of informed staff to anyone through the Internet or in person.




Thursday February 28, 2013



2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


National Museum of Natural History 10th & Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC

(Please use the Constitution Ave. entrance. We will meet in the lobby at 1:50 pm.)



Federal Triangle Station

(Blue or Orange Lines)



FEDLINK Education Working Group



Call (202)707- 4813. Request ADA Accommodations five business days in advance at [log in to unmask] .



This event is free but registration is required. Limited to 20 people. Click here to register.


Cancellations Please call (202) 707- 4813 to cancel if you cannot attend to allow those on the waiting list an opportunity to register.