Past Symposia

jlw_20121018_037_0June 29, 2017

Strategic Planning for YOUR Herbarium—A Professional Development Opportunity brought to you by the Society of Herbarium Curators and iDigBio.

What is strategic planning? Why is it valuable? Where does one begin?
Join us for a morning of discussion and talks facilitated by a professional project manager. Learn from your colleagues’ experiences and build a plan for initiating the process within your own herbarium. Although we’ve done a good job with strategic planning across the collections community as a whole, relatively few herbaria have undertaken the activity for themselves. Strategic planning is important because it forms the foundation for long-term sustainability and helps communicate your herbarium’s value and vision to administrators, the public, colleagues, and policymakers.

Come and start YOUR strategic planning process today!

Location: Botany 2017 – Fort Worth, Texas. Omni Hotel Conference Center.
Registration information: see Botany 2017 website:


August 4, 2016
The 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.

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.


8:00-8:15: Andrea Weeks, Introductory Remarks [ Download PDF ]

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.” [ Download PDF ]

9:05–9:30: John Nelson – 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.” [ Download PDF ]

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.” [ Download PDF ]

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.” [ Download PDF ]