The 2013 Annual Meeting of The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) took place May 6-11 at the Michigan State University Library in East Lansing, Michigan. This year’s theme was “A Study in Green: Horticultural and Botanical Educations for All Ages.” Hosted by MSU Agriculture and Forestry Librarian Suzi Teghtmeyer, this meeting promised to be an exciting opportunity to hear about what member librarians are doing to manage their collections.
One of the strengths of an organization like CBHL is that it constantly offers new opportunities for libraries to collaborate, innovate, strengthen, and support the research needs of their institutions.
Among the highlights was a trip to the Dow Gardens in Midland, where we heard guest speaker and MSU alum Dr. Allan Armitage. Earlier that day, I gave a presentation about recent enhancements to the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library website and how we try to keep our users tuned in with fresh content. Other presentations detailed new archival projects, workflows, outreach, and resource sharing.
A big surprise came when Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) received the Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit and I joined library staff from Harvard University Herbaria, New York Botanical Garden, and the Smithsonian Libraries to receive the award. Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) hosts digitized versions of early publications from Arnold Arboretum and partner institutions.
After winning some choice titles for the library during the Annual Literature Award Book Raffle, I was invited by MSU Philosophy Librarian Joshua Barton and Turfgrass Information Center Project Manager Peter Cookingham to see the library’s growing collection of Punk and Underground Zines! I recognized quite a few from titles I’d collected in the 1990s. Who remembers Factsheet Five?
UPDATE: The proceedings of this year’s meeting are now available in the August 2013 issue of the CBHL Newsletter [link].