We are working towards this goal by promoting the development of regional networks and the
dissemination of information.
This website updates information about progress towards this goal, has contact information for and links to
established herbarium networks, recommendations and resources for herbaria not yet included in a
network, and links to articles and reports that use these digital resources in teaching and learning.
The U.S. Virtual Herbarium Project:
Opening US herbaria to the World.
The goal of the U.S. Virtual Herbarium Project is to digitize
all specimens in all US herbaria and make the resulting
information freely available.
The US Virtual Herbarium Project seeks volunteers/nominees to serve on its executive committee. Current committee members
agreed that, to ensure inclusion of differing points of view, we should open up membership in the committee. To accomplish this,
the maximum term for any position was set at five. After that time, the position would be opened to nominations. No limit was
placed on the number of terms a person could serve. We also agree to expand the committee to seven: chair, web director, IT
representative, and four regional representatives. The positions that are open are chair and the four regional representative
positions. Barkworth and Mayfield are willing to continue serving, as chair and representative of the North-Central region
respectively, but both are in their fifth year in their present positions. Murrell (co-chair) and Dean (secretary) have stated that they
cannot continue as members of the executive beyond this year.
Duties: The executive committee has a conference call about once a month to discuss matters relating to the project; organizes
the annual general meeting; conducts an annual survey of the status of digitization in US herbaria. As stated in the project’s
renewal application, we see the project’s activities expanding from assisting herbaria in sharing their records to working towards
an integrated herbarium network and encouraging sharing of “how to” information, including how to integrate digital herbarium
resources into educational and outreach activities. In all its activities, it seeks to complement or enhance the work of iDigBio in
providing access to specimen-based information from herbaria.
If interested in helping steer this valuable project forward, please let Ellen Dean know via email, telling her the position that
interests you. If there are two or more people interested in any of the positions, we shall conduct an election online.