Strategic Planning for Herbaria Online Course 2018 Deadline March 16

Release Date: 
Saturday, February 24, 2018


The Society of Herbarium Curators and iDigBio are pleased to announce a 7-week "Strategic Planning for Herbaria” online course.  

Take this opportunity to introduce new purpose and excitement into your organization.  Prepare to relate your collection’s compelling vision to stakeholders and discuss long-term goals and strategies with administrators.  

The “Strategic Planning for Herbaria” course will occur on Fridays from 3:00–4:00 Eastern Standard Time from April 6–May 18, 2018.  We anticipate that the course will require 3–5 hours of work per week, including the 1 hour in-class.  The goal is to produce a short (5–10 pages) strategic plan for each represented herbarium.  Each plan will address vision, mission, stakeholders, strategies, goals, objectives, evaluation, and sustainability, among other things. The process is at least as valuable as the product, and you might find that the exercises benefit your herbarium in unexpected ways. This is the second year that this course will be offered.

The course will be capped at 15 participants to ensure adequate opportunities to participate in discussions.  We are looking for creative, committed participants who can help us to continue building momentum for this as an annual event.  If multiple individuals from an herbarium are interested in participating in the course, we ask that one formally apply and the others participate in the out-of-class exercises and brainstorming sessions.    

To apply, please fill out this short Google Form by March 16.  Admission decisions will be made shortly thereafter.  Please contact Austin Mast ( and David Jennings (djennings@FLMNH.UFL.EDU) with any questions.