digitized botanical literature

Fri Jul 1 18:00:12 CDT 2005

Dear list members,
We are considering digitizing a small portion of our library in order to create backup versions of otherwise irreplaceable books. This measure is being considered as part of a disaster plan, although we recognize that there are many potential applications for the data once it is digitized.  Our priorities for digitization include some of the older literature on palms, and on the West Indian flora. 
Before we start, I want to make sure we are not duplicating efforts elsewhere.  I know that NY, MO, and US currently have efforts underway to image some of their rare book holdings.  I would be interested in hearing from people at other herbaria/natural history museums to learn what titles you are digitizing (especially floras).  Or if you know of any websites where digitized natural history titles are indexed, that info would also be helpful. 
Thanks in advance for your input .
Lauren Raz
Assistant Keeper of the Herbarium (FTG)
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Center for Tropical Plant Conservation
11935 Old Cutler Road
Coral Gables (Miami), FL 33156
tel: 305-667-1651 x. 3418
email: lraz at fairchildgarden.org

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