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55th CBHL Annual Meeting 2023

A LibGuide for the CBHL Annual Meeting in 2023, hosted virtually by the Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

Conference Overview

55th Annual CBHL Annual Meeting Conference Program

May 2 - 4, 2023

hosted by Botanical Research Institute of Texas, held virtually

All times listed are in CST/CDT.

Please note: this LibGuide is under construction!  Please check back habitually for updates.

Tuesday, May 2nd

Tuesday, May 2 

All times listed are in CST/CDT.

11 – 11:20am: Welcome and opening remarks, Patrick Newman, President & CEO

11:20am 12pm: "The Wandering Watermelon: A Bittersweet Tale," Tom Shay

12 1pm"Illuminations: Past, Present, and Future of Fern Research," a talk about the exhibition and its convergence of art and science by Dr. Ale Vasco, BRIT Research -- joint session with BRIT Research's Lunchtime Lecture series

Break 1 – 1:15pm

1:15 - 2:15pm: "Hidden Gardens of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden: A Celebration of the Herbarium and Library Research Collections of BRIT," Barney Lipscomb, Director of BRIT Press and BRIT Library

(optional) 6:30 - 7:30pm: Munch & Minglea virtual Happy Hour space to socialize and exchange with fellow CBHL colleagues!  Feel free to come to the meeting with a snack, meal, and/or beverage of your choice.

Wednesday, May 3rd

Wednesday, May 3

All times listed are in CST/CDT.

11 - 11:30am: "ACORN Turns 8!" Rita Hassert & Danielle Nowak, Library Collections Manager & Digital Assets Librarian, Morton Arboretum

11:30am - 12:15pm: Women Documenting the Floras of Texas and Oklahoma,” Ashley Bordelon, Natch Rodriguez, and Kimberlie Sasan

12:15 - 12:30pm: Chair yoga session, Edwina Taylor, FWBG Membership Assistant & Certified Yoga Instructor 

12:30 - 1:10pm: Sponsor lightning talk: From the Page & Preservica

1:10 - 2:40pm: Business Meeting pt. 1: "The Future of CBHL"

(optional) 2:40 - 3pm: Speed-sketch session - with a drawing utensil and a sheet of paper at hand, get ready to do speed sketches of random prompts!

Thursday, May 4th

Thursday, May 4

All times listed are in CST/CDT.


10:30 - 11am: "Cultivating Community Garden Histories: A Community Memory Project," Janet Evans, McLean Library, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

11am - 12pm: Table talks (not recorded) - there will be 3 rounds of Table Talks in 4 separate breakout rooms (one being a generic breakout room), 20 minutes each.  Attend 3 different table talks if you'd like, or attend multiple table talks on the same subject.

  • Table Talk 1"Where Do Ideas Come From?” - a discussion on how to produce ideas for exhibitions and displays
  • Table Talk 2Remote access to collections - a discussion on digitization, digital exhibits, blogs, and other online methods of granting patrons access to library materials
  • Table Talk 3: Stacks management and storage solutions - a discussion on how your library manages limited storage, making the case for increased space or compactor shelving units, etc.
  • Table Talk 4: Free-for-all in the breakout rooms lobby -- bring your burning issues and topics you'd like to discuss, or hang out and gab with fellow attendees

Break 12 - 12:15pm

12:15 - 1:30pm: Business meeting pt. 2

1:30 - 1:45pm: Future Meeting Announcements

1:45 - 2pm: Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit (tentative)

2 - 3:15pmAnnual Literature Award Ceremony

TBD: Book Raffle (tentative)