Librarian Charlotte A. Tancin received 2008 CBHL Long Award of Merit
Charlotte A. (Chuck) Tancin, librarian at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, received the 2008 Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit on June 4, 2008, from the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries.
The Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit was established to recognize members who have shown outstanding dedication to CBHL and have made major contributions in the field of botanical or horticultural literature and information service and research. The award was presented to Tancin during CBHL’s 2008 Annual Meeting, hosted by the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Tancin earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Mount St. Mary’s College (now University), Emmitsburg, Md., and a master’s degree in library science and an advanced certificate in preservation management from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been an active CBHL member since 1988, serving as president and later secretary of its board of directors, as chair of several committees, as its second webmaster, and as chair of its strategic planning initiative. She has mentored many new members and hosted the organization’s annual meeting twice.
Tancin is also a member of the Society for the History of Natural History. She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and an active participant in the Linnaeus Link project. She aslo served on the task force for a “Connecting to Collections” project to create a new preservation plan for collections in Pennsylvania, funded by a grant awarded to the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts in Philadelphia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.