BHL Consortium


BHL Administration Staff

BHL Secretariat

BHL Technical Advisory Group

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

BHL Governance Staff

Executive Committee of the Members’ Council (2022-2024)

Ex Officio


  • Graham Higley, Founding Chair
  • Cathy Norton, Founding Vice-Chair
  • Constance Rinaldo, Founding Secretary
  • 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 the primary representative for each institution.

BHL Members

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

  • Tom Baione, Harold Boeschenstein Director of Library Services

BHL Australia
BHL Australia

  • BHL Australia is a component of the Atlas of Living Australia
  • 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 Herbarium
        • National Herbarium of New South Wales
        • National Herbarium of Victoria
        • Queensland Herbarium
        • State Herbarium of South Australia
        • Western Australian Herbarium
      • State Libraries
        • State Library of New South Wales
      • Government Institutes & Agencies
        • Australian Biological Resources Study
        • Australian Institute of Marine Science
        • Australian National Insect Collection (CSIRO)
        • Geoscience Australia (Commonwealth of Australia)
        • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
      • Royal Societies
        • Royal Society of New South Wales
        • Royal Society of Queensland
        • Royal Society of Victoria
        • Royal Society of Western Australia
      • Naturalists’ Clubs
        • Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
        • Geelong Field Naturalists Club
        • 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
        • Australasian Native Orchid Society
        • Australasian Systematic Botany Society
        • Australian Garden History Society
        • Australian Network for Plant Conservation
        • Entomological Society of Queensland
        • Entomological Society of Victoria
        • Fossil Collectors’ Association of Australasia
        • Linnean Society of New South Wales
        • Malacological Society of Australasia

Cornell University Library
Cornell University Library

  • Michael Cook, Head of Collection Development, Mann Library

Field Museum of Natural History Library
The Field Museum Library

  • Gretchen Rings, Museum Librarian & Head of Library Collections

Harvard University Botany Libraries
Harvard University Botany Libraries

  • Diane Rielinger, Digital Projects Librarian

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

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

Library of Congress
Library of Congress

  • Kate Zwaard, Director of Digital Strategy

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

  • Rhonda Evans, Director

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

  • Douglas Holland, Library Director

Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin

  • Elisa Herrmann, Head of Department Discovery Services and Information Management

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle
Direction des bibliothèques et de la documentation du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle

  • Alice Lemaire, Director of Libraries and Documentation, MNHN

National Library Board, Singapore
National Library Board, Singapore

  • Alicia Yeo, Director, National Library of Singapore
  • BHL Singapore Participating Institutions:
    • National Library Board, Singapore
    • Singapore Botanic Gardens, National Parks Board Singapore

Natural History Museum Library, London
Library & Archives

  • Richard Wragg, Head of Library and Archives

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

  • David Iggulden, Head of Data & Digital

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives

  • Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, Director

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

  • Alexandra Carter, Science and Medicine Librarian

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

  • Daniel Dollar, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources

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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

  • Briana Giasullo, Cataloging and Digital Resources Librarian

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

  • Leena Waller, Plant Science 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

BHL México

  • Patricia Koleff, Director General of Analysis and Priorities, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO)
  • 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.
    • Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
    • Instituto de Investigaciones José María Luis Mora


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

  • Jeannette Frey, Director

California Academy of Sciences Library
California Academy of Sciences Library

  • Rebekah Kim, Head Librarian

Canadian Museum of Nature
Canadian Museum of Nature

  • Chantal Dussault, Head, Archives and Library, Research and Collections

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

  • Leora Siegel, Library Director

Dumbarton Oaks
Dumbarton Oaks Library and Archives

  • Yota Batsaki, Executive Director

Internet Archive
Internet Archive

  • Chris Freeland, Director of Open Libraries

Lloyd Library & Museum
Lloyd Library

  • Patrick Ford, Reference and Cataloging 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

Meise Botanic Garden
Meise Botanic Garden Library

  • Nicole Hanquart, Scientific Manager – Library: Heritage Collections

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

  • Yolanda Bustos, Museum Archivist and Library Resources Manager

Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Naturalis Biodiversity Center Library

  • Tonny de Wit, Information Developer

Oak Spring Garden Foundation
Oak Spring Garden Foundation Library

  • Tony Willis, Librarian

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

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)

  • Thomas Orrell, EOL Director

Plazi | Biodiversity Literature Repository (BLR)

  • Donat Agosti, President, Plazi

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