Organizers: Dr. Anna Monfils, Central Michigan University, and Dr. John Bates, The Field Museum of Natural History & President, Natural Science Collections Alliance
Smaller, regional biodiversity collections make valuable contributors to the digitization of collections and are uniquely equipped to enhance the quality and quantity of digital data representing global biodiversity. A recent Biodiversity Collections Network survey indicates a community-wide priority is to engage more collections in the national digitization effort. Toward this goal, there is a need to evaluate the role of small and regional collections in quantifying biodiversity and determine best practices for engaging this portion of the biodiversity collections community. In this webinar, we will describe the growing role of small collections in research, education, and outreach. We will discuss some recent data and evidence that show the impact of small collections and some of the success stories for integrating data and engaging curators from these regional museums and herbaria. A discussion with webinar participants will help to inform BCoN deliberations and efforts to articulate future directions for biodiversity collections.