Materials developed through the Biodiversity Collections Network will be archived in this section of the website. Additionally, we hope this section of the website can become a place to share other community materials and documents that will contribute to the development of a sustainable, networked community of practice.
- A Strategic Plan for a Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance
- An Implementation Plan for a Network Integrated Biocollections Alliance
- BCoN Collections Communications Workshop Report
- Addressing Biological Informatics Workforce Needs
The BCoN Collections Communications Working Group has identified a need to compile existing outreach documents that the biodiversity collections and science communities may use to educate decision-makers and the general public about the nature of biodiversity collections-based science, including the benefits derived from digitizing specimens and their associated data. This section of the BCoN website is where documents are being shared.
If you or your organization would like to use these materials to support any of your efforts, please do so. All that is asked is that you properly credit the source organization, and send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how you are using the document.
If you or your organization would like to share outreach materials with the community, please contact email@example.com. Please note, outreach materials are not limited to printed documents. We would also like to build a library of online materials (e.g. podcast or YouTube programs).
- “Biological Specimens Go Online: The New Digital Frontier of Collections.” Natural Science Collections Alliance.
- “Museum Specimens in the Service of Science: USGS and Smithsonian Partner to Advance Science”
- “Celebrating the Knowledge and the Mystery of Fossils” Natural Science Collections Alliance.
- “Bees Are Not Optional: To Know How Bees Fare, You Must Know Who They Are” Natural Science Collections Alliance.
- “Little Frog Faces Big Challenges: Herpetology Collection is Repository for Data on Rare Frog” Natural Science Collections Alliance.
- “Informing Wildlife Management: Genetics Research Uses Natural History Collections” Natural Science Collections Alliance.
- “How Thoreau, Walden, and Herbarium Specimens Informed Research” Natural Science Collections Alliance.
- “Museum Collections Document a Century of Change” Natural Science Collections Alliance.
- Natural Science Collections Alliance fact sheets on the value of collections in education, research, and understanding biodiversity.
- Resources for K-12 Educators. iDigBio.
- Resources for Undergraduate Students and Educators. iDigBio.
- 143 Stories that Collection Museums Hold. Inquiring Minds.
- Advancing Integration of Museums into Undergraduate Education
Source of educational modules, presentations and publications related to educating biology undergraduates using museum specimens and data. Resources tab has an extensive list of education and outreach links.
- Smithsonian Education
Museum based lessons plans searchable by State Standards
Ongoing initiatives involving education And outreach from the digitization HUB, iDigBio
- Vision and Change
Document outlining recommendations for biology undergraduate education in the 21st century
- Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education, PULSE
Effort from the American Institute of Biological Sciences to implement the recommendations of Vision and Change
- Cook et al. 2014. Natural History Collections as Emerging Resources for Innovative Education, Bioscience
- Ho and Cook. 2013. Co-Evolving Pedagogies, ARID
- Powers et al. 2014. Revolutionizing the Use of Natural History Collections in Education, Science Education Review
- Small Collection Network
Source of recorded webinars, resource links and upcoming projects related to recruiting, retaining and sustaining small collection involvement in the national digitization initiative.
- North American Network of Small Herbaria
A Symbiota portal generated specifically for mobilizing small herbarium data.
- Snow. 2005 Successfully Curating Smaller Herbaria and Natural History Collections in Academic Settings, BioScience