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For Immediate Release: June 24, 2010
Contact: Contact: Diana Kenney, 508-289-7139; dkenney@mbl.edu

MBLWHOI Library and Partner Institutions Receive Award from American Library Association

Species of Radiolaria, a marine zooplankton, drawn by Ernst Haeckel. From Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of the H.M.S. Challenger (1873-1876), Vol. XVIII: Report on the Radiolaria, by Ernst Haeckel, one of thousands of books digitized and made available online by the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Click for full size.

WOODS HOLE, MA—Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), a consortium of 12 major research libraries that includes the Marine Biological Laboratory Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MBLWHOI) Library, was recently awarded a prestigious Outstanding Collaboration Citation from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

The ALCTS citation recognizes collaborative efforts in acquisition, access, management, preservation, or archiving of library materials.

BHL provides open access to historical materials on biodiversity within the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. Over 30 million pages of previously isolated documents have been scanned and made available to researchers worldwide. In addition to scanning over 11 thousand volumes from its collections, including about 1,500 volumes from the Library's Rare Books Room, the MBLWHOI Library has provided the use of its previously developed Universal Biological Indexer and Organizer (uBio) to enhance BHL search results.

"We are honored to accept this award with our partner libraries in recognition of the hard work and intense cooperation by all,” says Diane M. Rielinger, assistant director for administrative and financial services at the MBLWHOI Library. “Anyone can now read some of the most important biodiversity literature right at their desks instead of having to travel at great expense from library to library to access these materials."

The award will be presented on June 27, 2010, at the ALA conference in Washington, D.C.

—By Sarah Stanley


The MBL is a leading international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to discovery and to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Americas.