BHL Consortium



BHL Administration Staff

BHL Secretariat

BHL Technical Advisory Group

  • BHL Technical Coordinator | Smithsonian Libraries Tech Lead: Joel Richard
  • BHL Lead Developer: Mike Lichtenberg
  • The New York Botanical Garden Tech Lead: Susan Lynch
  • BHL Australia: Nicole Kearney
  • Museum für Naturkunde: Elisa Herrmann
  • Past Technical Director: William Ulate

BHL Governance Staff

BHL Members’ Council (2019-2021)

Ex Officio


  • Graham Higley, Founding Chair
  • Cathy Norton, Founding Vice-Chair
  • Tom Garnett, Founding Program Director
  • Chris Freeland, Founding Technical Director

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BHL Members and Affiliates

Below are listed the institutions currently participating in BHL and those staff members at each institution that spend part of their work time contributing to the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Primary representative for each institution is indicated by an *

BHL Members

American Museum of Natural History Library
American Museum of Natural History Library

  • Tom Baione, Harold Boeschenstein Director of Library Services*
  • Mai Reitmeyer, Research Services Librarian
  • Matthew Bolin, Assistant Director for Acquisitions

BHL Australia
BHL Australia

  • BHL Australia is a component of the Atlas of Living Australia
  • Elycia Wallis, Collections Community Engagement Manager at Atlas of Living Australia, CSIRO*
  • Nicole Kearney, Manager, Biodiversity Heritage Library Australia
  • Participating Institutions:
      • Museums
        • Museums Victoria (Lead Institution)
        • Australian Museum
        • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
        • Queensland Museum
        • Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
        • South Australian Museum
        • Western Australian Museum
      • Herbaria
        • Australian National Botanic Gardens (Commonwealth of Australia)
        • Queensland Herbarium
        • Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, New South Wales
        • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (State Botanical Collection)
        • Western Australian Herbarium
      • State Libraries
        • State Library of New South Wales
      • Government Institutes & Agencies
        • Australian Institute of Marine Science
        • Geoscience Australia (Commonwealth of Australia)
        • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
      • Royal Societies
        • Royal Society of Queensland
        • Royal Society of Victoria
        • Royal Society of Western Australia
      • Naturalists’ Clubs
        • Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
        • Northern Territory Field Naturalists’ Club
        • North Queensland Naturalists Club
        • North Queensland Natural History Group
        • Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club
        • Western Australian Naturalists’ Club
      • Other Clubs & Societies
        • Australian Garden History Society
        • Entomological Society of Victoria
        • Fossil Collectors’ Association of Australasia
        • Linnean Society of New South Wales

BHL México

  • Patricia Koleff, Director General of Analysis and Priorities, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO)*
  • Mónica Aguilar Rocha, Enlace de Biblioteca Digital, CONABIO | BHL México Program Coordinator
  • Participating Institutions:
    • Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO)
    • Biblioteca Central UNAM
    • Biblioteca Conjunta de Ciencias de la Tierra, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, UNAM
    • El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
    • Facultad de Ciencias UNAM
    • Instituto de Biología UNAM
    • Instituto de Ecología UNAM
    • Instituto de Ecología A.C.
    • Sociedad Mexicana de Entomología
    • Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Cornell University Library
Cornell University Library

  • Mary Ochs, Director, Albert R. Mann Library
  • Michael Cook, Head of Collection Development, Mann Library*
  • Holly Mistlebauer, Assistant Head of IT, Mann Library
  • Marty Schlabach, Emeritus

Field Museum of Natural History Library
The Field Museum Library

  • Gretchen Rings, Museum Librarian & Head of Library Collections*
  • Diana Duncan, Technical Services Librarian

Harvard University Botany Libraries
Harvard University Botany Libraries

  • Judith A. Warnement, Librarian of Harvard University Botany Libraries*
  • Chris Robson, Catalog Librarian
  • Diane Rielinger, Digital Projects Librarian

Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library
Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology

  • Constance Rinaldo, Librarian of the Ernst Mayr Library*
  • Joseph deVeer, Head of Technical Services and Project Manager in the Ernst Mayr Library

Library of Congress
Library of Congress

  • Tomoko Steen, Senior Research Specialist*

The LuEsther T. Mertz Library, The New York Botanical Garden
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library

  • Susan Fraser, Director*
  • Susan Lynch, Systems Librarian
  • Donald Wheeler, Collection Development Librarian

Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library & and Center for Biodiversity Informatics

  • Douglas Holland, Library Director*
  • Davina Harrison, Catalog Librarian

Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

  • Jana Hoffmann, Head of Science Programme “Digital World and Information Science”, MfN*
  • Elisa Herrmann, Head of Library Collections and Information Supply

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle
Bibliothèque Centrale du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle

  • Gildas Illien, Director of Libraries and Documentation, MNHN*

National Library Board, Singapore
National Library Board, Singapore

  • Huism Tan, Director, National Library of Singapore
  • Tin Seng Lim, Librarian, Content and Services, National Library of Singapore
  • Wendy Ang, Director, National Archives of Singapore
  • Siang Hock Kia, Deputy Director, Architecture and Innovation
  • BHL Singapore Participating Institutions:
    • National Library Board, Singapore
    • Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board Singapore

Natural History Museum Library, London
Library & Archives

  • Jane Smith, Head of Library and Archives*
  • Alison Harding, Researcher Services Librarian and NHM Library at Tring
  • Andrea Hart, Head of Library Special Collections

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Library, Art & Archives
Library & Archives

  • David Iggulden, Electronic Resources Manager*
  • Fiona Ainsworth, Collections & Services Librarian

Smithsonian Libraries
Smithsonian Libraries

United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library
National Agricultural Library

  • Paul Wester, Library Director*

University Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University Library

  • Kelli Trei, Biosciences Librarian*

University of Toronto Libraries
University of Toronto Libraries

  • Larry Alford, University Chief Librarian
  • Alexandra Carter, Science and Medicine Librarian*

Yale University
Yale University Library
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Yale Cushing-Whitney Medical Library

  • Kevin Merriman, Director of Collection Management, Technical Services and Access Services at the Library’s Center for Science and Social Science Information*

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BHL Affiliates

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Library and Archives
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Library and Archives

  • Jennifer Vess, Academy Archivist
  • Ria Capone, Reference Librarian*

The Arboretum Library at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
Arboretum Library

  • Susan C. Eubank, Arboretum Librarian*

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

  • Adam Moriarty, Head of Information, Library and Enquiry Services at the Auckland Museum*

BHL Africa
South African National Biodiversity Institute Libraries

BHL China

BHL Egypt


Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire – Lausanne
Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire – Lausanne

California Academy of Sciences Library
California Academy of Sciences Library

Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian Museum of Nature

  • Sean Tudor, Head, Collection Services and Information Management.
  • Chantal Dussault, Head, Archives and Library, Research and Collections*

Chicago Botanic Garden, Lenhardt Library
The Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden

  • Leora Siegel, Library Director*
  • Amanda Lettner, LTA and Digitization Specialist

Internet Archive
Internet Archive

Lloyd Library & Museum
Lloyd Library

  • Betsy Kruthoffer, Cataloger and Rare Book Librarian*

Marine Biological Laboratory / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library (MBLWHOI Library)
Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library

  • Jennifer Walton, Co-Director, MBLWHOI Library, Director of Library Services at MBL*
  • Lisa Raymond, Co-Director, MBLWHOI Library, Director of Library Services at WHOI
  • Matt Person, Technical Services Coordinator
  • Dmitry Mozzherin, Scientific Informatics Project Leader

Mendel Museum
Mendel Museum

  • Lucie Vychodilová, Director

Národní Muzeum (National Museum, Prague)
National Museum Library

  • Jiří Frank, Ph.D., Scientific Secretary*

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County
The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Research Library

Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Naturalis Biodiversity Center Library

  • Caroline Pepermans, Head of Library Collections*

Oak Spring Garden Foundation
Oak Spring Garden Foundation Library

  • Tony Willis, Librarian*

Smithsonian Institution Archives
Smithsonian Institution Archives

  • Riccardo Ferrante, Director of Digital Services*
  • Kira Sobers, Digital Media Coordinator

United States Geological Survey Libraries Program
United States Geological Survey Libraries Program

  • Cate Canevari, Library Director*

University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg
Universitätsbibliothek J.C. Senckenberg

  • Dr. Gerwin Kasperek, Science Librarian*

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BHL Reciprocal Partners

Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF)

  • Michelle J. Price (Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève, Genève, Switzerland), Chair, Executive Committee, CETAF*

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)

  • Robert Corrigan, EOL Director of Operations*

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