Strategic Planning for Herbaria Short Course

The Society of Herbarium Curators and iDigBio are pleased to announce a 6-week "Strategic Planning for Herbaria” short course.

Take this opportunity to introduce new purpose and excitement into your organization. Learn how to relate your collection’s compelling vision to stakeholders and communicate long-term objectives and strategies to administrators.  

The “Strategic Planning for Herbaria” short course will occur online on Fridays from 2:00–3:00 (Eastern Daylight Time) from May 5–June 9, skipping May 19. We anticipate the course will require 3–5 hours of work per week, including the 1 hour "in-class". The goal is to produce a short (3–5 page) strategic plan for each represented herbarium that includes the following elements: Vision, Mission, Strategies and Objectives, SWOT Summary, Sustainability, and Assessment and Evaluation. The process is at least as valuable as the product, and you might find that the exercises benefit your herbarium in unexpected ways. You must be willing to commit to participating fully in all in-class and out-of-class exercises.

The short course will be capped at 10 participants to ensure adequate opportunities to participate in discussions. We are looking for creative, committed participants who can help us build this into an annual professional development opportunity. If multiple individuals from an herbarium are interested in participating, we ask that one formally apply and the others participate in the out-of-class exercises and brainstorming sessions. We hope that some of the short course participants will be available to share their experiences at the Thursday, June 29, workshop that we are organizing with Andrea Weeks at Botany 2017 ( However, this is not a requirement for participation in the short course, nor is the short course a requirement for participation in the Botany 2017 workshop.  

To apply, please fill out this short application form by March 31. Decisions will be made shortly thereafter.