Half-day Symposium

jlw_20121018_037_0The Society of Herbarium Curators and ASPT sponsored a half-day symposium to encourage broader discussion and sharing among the membership about issues related to herbarium management, sustainability, and visibility. More than 50 participants attended.

The symposium was held Thursday, August 4, 2016 following the close of BSA Botany2016.

8:15–8:40: Barbara Thiers – William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, New York Botanical Garden, “Preserving for perpetuity in a changing world.” [ Download PDF ]

8:40–9:05: Brent Mishler – University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley, “The Consortium of California Herbaria: Integrating curation, information, and research.”

9:05–9:30: John Herr – A.C. Moore Herbarium, University of South Carolina, “How the A. C. Moore Herbarium was brought from the unknown and unimportant to a place of high respect by the university and society.”

9:30–9:55: Lena Struwe – Chrysler Herbarium, Rutgers University, “The Herbarium Army at Rutgers – creating opportunities in research, education, and outreach at a university herbarium.”

10:15–10:40: Neil Snow – T.M. Sperry Herbarium, Pittsburg State University, “Reference collections in herbaria: A versatile but underutilized tool to  enhance teaching, outreach and research.”

10:40–11:05: Anna Monfils – Central Michigan University Herbarium, “Lessons learned in building educational networks that incorporate natural history collections.”

11:05–11:30: Wendy B. Zomlefer – University of Georgia Herbarium, “Best-practices for hosting regional herbarium curator workshops.”

11:30–11:55: Austin Mast – Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium, Florida State University, “The Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) event—a global stage for your herbarium.”

Two themes were selected based on a poll of the herbarium community that occurred in early Fall 2015:
I. Successful models for communicating the importance of herbaria to decision-makers within universities, government and other institutions and
II. Digital herbarium “big data” resources: their curation and use in research.