Part 2: Goals & Strategies
Promote, encourage, and facilitate sharing of resources and collaborative efforts to build new resources.
- Strategy 1: Maintain effective communication
- Strategy 2: Maintain and create collaborative information resources
- Strategy 3: Identify and share information about free resources
- Strategy 4: Identify and utilize member and outside expertise
- Strategy 5: Encourage knowledge sharing with other organizations
Promote the long-term preservation and use of botanical and horticultural collections regardless of format.
- Strategy 1: Contribute to national, regional, and local preservation initiatives.
- Strategy 2: Empower members to advocate for their collections with administrators and stakeholders.
- Strategy 3: Promote the creation of institutional record retention programs and institutional archives.
Advance the professional development of members.
- Strategy 1: Inform CBHL members of emerging issues and trends.
- Strategy 2: Expand professional development opportunities.
- Strategy 3: Develop service models for botanical and horticultural librarians.
Strengthen the effectiveness of CBHL.
- Strategy 1: Regularly evaluate the structure of CBHL and its ability to meet the needs of the organization.
- Strategy 2: Support and encourage member participation in CBHL activities.
- Strategy 3: Empower the membership to increase the size and diversity of membership.
Why I am a CBHL member
CBHL is my lifeline, my go-to group when I need assistance locating information about plants and botanists, especially the early works and on taxonomy.
Suzi Teghtmeyer, CBHL president and librarian, Michigan State University Libraries
I have been a member of CBHL since 2001 when I joined the staff of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens in Seattle. That same year, I attended my first annual meeting at the Denver Botanical Garden hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. I was so amazed to learn that there was an organization comprised of plant librarians!After the Miller Library hosted the annual meeting in 2010, I was asked to join the Board. I wanted to serve CBHL because I had gained so much from meeting fellow horticultural librarians and visiting other garden libraries.
Tracy L. Mehlin, information technology librarian, University of Washington Botanic Gardens
CBHL has proven to be for me the best professional organization to participate during my 32-year career as head of the Library of the Montréal Botanical Garden. As my involvement, I attended 22 annual meetings, hosting two of them, I served on the board and was part of many committees. CBHL provided me with shared expertise and a great network of colleagues all across North America.
Celine Arseneault, botanist and librarian, Montréal Botanical Garden