Larissa Glasser

Larissa Glasser

Larissa Glasser

Library Assistant, Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.384.5337
Fax: 617.524.1418


Graduate Certificate in Publishing and Communications (2001), Harvard University Extension School
MLS in Library and Information Science (1996), Simmons College
BFA in Writing, Publishing, and Communications (1994), Emerson College

I joined the Arnold Arboretum in 2008, and serve a variety of functions in the library. Most of my work involves technical services, including but not limited to cataloging books and journals, archival processing, metadata collection and analysis, and web design. I love my work, because I experience daily opportunities to work on a unique, ever-expanding collection of books and archives.

I am chair of the Publications Committee for Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL), and the Desktop Publisher of the CBHL Newsletter.

My background is quite varied: I worked as a Curatorial Assistant at The Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard College Library for nine years, where I assisted with audio digitization projects. My internship at The Atlantic Monthly led to my position as Production Coordinator, where I maintained our database of advertisers and helped with page layout. I was a Reference Librarian at Dedham Public Library for two years, where I provided reader’s advisory, published the library newsletter, and re-designed the website.

I’ve played guitar and bass in quite a few bands in Boston since 1990. I also write speculative fiction and am working on a new book.


Glasser, Larissa. “A lettered man of plants: Sharing the Historic Correspondence of Wilson and Sargent.” Silva, Fall/Winter 2011-2012. [ pdf ]

Glasser, Larissa. “Embedded Botanical Specimens.” Silva, Spring/Summer 2014. [ pdf ]