Site Visit: The New York Botanical Garden

Speaker Michael Bevans, Nicole Tarnowsky, & John Mignault
Michael Bevans is the Information Manager for Digitization at the New York Botanical Garden for the Virtual Herbarium. Mike has been a digital imaging specialist since 1998. At Cornell University’s Digital Imaging Consortium, he was responsible for the digitization of the collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. ...

Michael Bevans is the Information Manager for Digitization at the New York Botanical Garden for the Virtual Herbarium. Mike has been a digital imaging specialist since 1998. At Cornell University’s Digital Imaging Consortium, he was responsible for the digitization of the collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. He has worked as a digital archiving consultant installing digital imaging reproduction systems and training staff for libraries and museums, including the Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian’s Archive of American Art. For information regarding Mike’s work at The New York Botanical Garden, visit www.digitalphotorepro.blogspot.com

Nicole Tarnowsky is the Administrative Curator of the Herbarium at the New York Botanical Garden. Nicole has been with the Steere Herbarium for fifteen years. Prior to coming to the New York Botanical Garden, she studied botany at Cornell University and then worked at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research. She currently oversees many of the day-to-day operations involved in caring for the collections in the herbarium. This includes supervising the staff responsible for the preparation and filing of roughly 40,000 specimens per year.

John Mignault is the Systems Librarian at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the The New York Botanical Garden. He directs the library's digitization program as well as managing the Library's IT needs. Prior to taking the position, John worked as a web and software developer for a number of media companies including the New York Times and MLB.com.

Full Description

Tour of the William and Linda Steere Herbarium and the Digital Imaging Lab at The New York Botanical Garden

With over seven million specimens, the William and Linda Steere Herbarium is the largest collection of plant specimens in the United States.  Participants will visit the William and Linda Steere Herbarium and learn about plant specimens and the ongoing curation and filing system used to organize them.  In addition to the physical plant specimens, the entire Herbarium collection is being databased and imaged for online access.  There are currently over one and a half million records and close to half a million images available online with thousands of new images being added each week.  The imaging lab is shared with the Mertz Library.  The Library is involved in a number of digitization projects form the Biodiversity Heritage Library consortium to the Mellon-sponsored Global Plants Initiative to a METRO-funded collaborative project with the Bronx Zoo.  The library has brough nearly 4 million pages of material online in the last 6 years.

Who should attend:
Librarians, curators, and students

Objectives: Participants will visit the Herbarium Imaging Lab and learn about digital imaging workflow including post processing and archiving practices.  Topics discussed will includ image resolution, color correction, and image file types.

When?

Thu, Apr. 19, 2012
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. US/Eastern

How Much?

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Where?

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458