The Council of Botanical & Horticultural Libraries 55th Annual Meeting (all virtual) from May 2-4, 2023 will focus on the theme of “Hybridity & Harmony”, which speaks to the balancing act of delivering information services and expertise both in-person and virtually.
We will share our best practices in remote work, collections care and management, trends in technology and user engagement, and fresh strategies for adapting and flourishing in an ever-changing digital landscape.
Wednesday, May 3rd
Launched by the staff of the Sterling Morton Library, ACORN is turning 8! ACORN (Arboretum COllections and Resources Nexus) provides online access to the special collections of the Sterling Morton Library and other resources like images, videos, and documents of The Morton Arboretum. Developed to wrangle collections, decrease barriers, reveal hidden treasures, capture and connect stories, and encourage access, ACORN has increased use of our collections in new and surprising ways. In this presentation, Rita and Danielle will outline ACORN’s history, current initiatives, and what’s ahead for this resource.
Danielle Nowak, MLS, CA
Thursday, May 4th
10:30-11am: "Cultivating Community Garden Histories: A Community Memory Project,"
In this project, funded by IMLS, we created a digital archive to support community gardeners and urban farmers throughout Philadelphia. The collection includes images, videos, and audio stories created to help preserve the long history of community gardening in Philadelphia and to help others to better understand the meaning and value of community gardens – today and in the future.
Janet Evans is Associate Director, McLean Library & Archives at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society where, over the years, she has moved the library into the digital age by digitizing key collections, bringing eBooks to users, and by providing “virtual” 24/7 reference via PHS’s askPHS service. Janet has served in many capacities in CBHL and has served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections (PACSCL). She has an M.L.S. in Library and Information Studies from Drexel University. In her free time Janet loves taking in nature, reading and having spirited discussions about books.