Other Info: At the center of research across the Smithsonian are the specialized branches and librarians of the Smithsonian Libraries. The contents and staff of the Libraries play a key role in helping the Smithsonianís research and curatorial staff makes sense of the museumsí almost innumerable, often unique, objects and their cultural and historical contexts. The Smithsonian Libraries is a hidden national treasure, where experts come to test and expand knowledge and where America and the world can turn for authentic answers. The Smithsonian Libraries is a network of 21 specialized research libraries supporting each of the Institutionís museums and initiatives. The subjects comprehended by this globally unique complex of libraries and librarians are as diverse and deep as the collections, exhibits, and scholarship they support. They span the range of scientific and cultural pursuits of humanity from aerospace, anthropology, astronomy, astrophysics, and art history to biology and botany, to cultural history, portraiture, philately, zoology, and more. The total volumes owned by the Libraries exceed 2 million, more than 40,000 of which are rare books, complemented by 10,000 manuscripts. The Libraries houses the nationís largest collection of commercial catalogs - 480,000, representing more than 35,000 companies dating from the 1810s. More than 180,000 microfilm and microfiche also are accessible for research in disciplines of science, history, art and technology. The Libraries also maintains a substantial and fast-growing collection of digital journals and databases..
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Administration: The director of the library is Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty .
Affiliations: The library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries
|Product Name||Year Contracted|
|Current Automation System||Horizon||1999|
|Previous Automation System||NOTIS||1993|
|Previous Automation System||GLIS||1985|
|Previous Automation System||None|
|Discovery Service (w/index)||Summon||2013|
|This library is responsible for the procurement of the library automation system.|
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Record History: This listing was created on Aug 10, 1998 and was last modified on Jan 6, 2022.
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