Ferry, Barbara Head, Natural & Physical Sciences Libraries

As the Head of the Natural & Physical Sciences Libraries at the Smithsonian, I manage the services, collections, and staff of the libraries of the National Museum of Natural History, the Botany/Horticulture Library, the Anthropology Library, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library, the National Zoological Park Library & Conservation Biology Institute, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.  I have more than 30 years experience as an information professional managing libraries and leading teams of information professionals developing and managing digital and print resources for scientific research, impact measurement, content development, strategic decision-making and business risk mitigation.  My previous employers include National Geographic, The Washington Post, and Washington Information Group.  I am active in the Library and information community and have spoken at workshops and conference programs throughout my career (SLA, IFLA, Charleston Library Conference, Future of Information Alliance, ALA, etc.).