Introducing Leaflet from the Miller Library

January 7th, 2014 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Leaflet graphicWe are pleased to announce two new email newsletters: Leaflet and Leaflet for Scholars. These monthly publications showcase Library art exhibits, recommended resources and a complete list of new books added the previous month. The book covers are linked to their corresponding records in the Library catalog so registered patrons can place a hold. Leaflet for Scholars focuses on academic resources of interest to students and faculty.

To subscribe to either or both newsletters simply fill out the form and then click the confirmation link that will be emailed to you.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions!

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How would you use an interactive map in the Arboretum?

August 20th, 2013 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

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Georeferenced Database Project Update

After a year of surveying Washington Park Arboretum grid points and digitizing paper maps we have made substantial progress on our georeferenced database project. The first few hundred points were relatively easy to survey. Now remain the most difficult points to find or see with a clear line of sight from a control point. Ground nesting bees and wasps also make getting close to a point challenging to say the least.

We need volunteers! Contact Tracy Mehlin.

UW Botanic Gardens Director, Sarah Reichard, talks with UWTV about her vision for an interactive Arboretum map in this video.

How would you use an interactive map in the Arboretum? What do you want to know about the collections? Leave a comment to let us know.

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Project accomplishments by the numbers

  • Migrated 20,000 records from the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium database into the BG-Base database
  • 25% of Herbarium database records post migration validated against physical specimens
  • 85% of grid points surveyed
  • 40% of paper grid maps digitized in ArcMap (geodatabase)
  • 6006 out of 18,094 plant specimens have been entered into the geodatabase

Historic Records to be made accessible

The Arboretum Foundation has agreed to give $15,000 to digitize historic paper records from the Curation office. These historic records provide critical clues about the identification and origin of trees and woody plants in the collection. By digitizing the records staff can access the old handwritten note cards and ledgers from their desk and once integration is complete the records will be accessible to everyone. UW Libraries staff will digitize the records and record basic information about each file.

An accession card from 1948.

An accession card from 1948.

This project is funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

 

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Art Exhibit: Handmade tiles from Artisan Tile NW group

July 31st, 2013 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

An artisan tile is like a colorful hybrid of sculpture and painting. The Artisan Tile NW group will have handmade tiles on exhibit in the Elisabeth C. Miller Library from September 4 to October 28th 2013. There will be a free public reception on Friday, Sep. 13th from 5 to 7pm. All the tiles will be for sale with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Library.

A sample of tile styles that will be on exhibit Sep. 4 – Oct. 28, 2013 in the Miller Library.

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Stock your library: Shop at the Garden Lovers’ Book Sale

March 11th, 2013 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

What could be better than a garden full of beautiful plants? A home library full of books about plants!

The 8th annual Garden Lovers’ Book Sale is the best source of used books on plants, horticulture, garden design, edibles, pest control, and special this year only: cooking!

Dahlia photo by Brian ThompsonThe fun begins on Friday, April 5th at 5 pm at the Wine & Cheese Preview Party. Tickets cost $20 and include light refreshments plus first crack at the books. Purchase in advance by calling 206-543-0415.

On Saturday the doors open at 9:00 am. The public sale is free. Bring your own bags or boxes to load up on great deals.

Sale is at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105.

  • Preview party: April 5, 5-8pm, $20.00
  • Public sale: April 6, 9am-3pm, free.
  • All proceeds benefit the new materials budget for the Miller Library.
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Celebrating evergreens with stories

December 10th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

 Join us Saturday, December 15 from 10:30 to 11:15 am  for stories and art.

In the Pacific Northwest, we treasure our evergreen forests, and today’s stories celebrate them. After the stories you’ll have time to color a tree picture or use homemade salt dough to sculpt your own evergreen tree. Free for kids ages 3 to 8 and their parents.

GRANDPA GREEN by Lane Smith
THE TREE by Dana Lyons
DOUGLAS FIR by Wendy Davis

Miller Library monthly Story Program happens once a month in the Children’s Corner.

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In the Arboretum with the total station and other milestones

November 30th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

The Leica Builder theodolite is a central part of the total station.

In August 2012 UWBG was awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create a georeference database of the living collections. The first phase involves surveying in the Washington Park Arboretum.

Where are the monuments?

On a sunny autumn day a team of UW students, UWBG staff and team leader Jim Lutz headed down the East Arboretum trail to the Meadow with a shiny, new total station. They were on a mission to track down monuments that define the grid used to map Arboretum plant accessions. Once a monument was found they used the total station to determine the location in real space. (more photos below)

Total what?

A total station is a collection of equipment, such as a Leica Builder theodolite, tribrach, tripods, and prisms, that is used to measure distance and slope. A team of two or three people use it together to measure coordinates. Most of us have seen a total station in use by transportation survey crews. Low tech equipment like measuring tapes and marking paint are also used to do the job.

Making progress: georeferenced database project milestones

After months of preparation the  Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium records are now integrated into the BG-Base plant records database which means that a search now returns records for both plant accessions and vouchers. Vouchers are pressed plant material that serve to document and archive living collections while also supporting species identification.

Another milestone completed was scanning the print copies of grid squares. These print maps record where individual trees and shrubs grow with a dot and accession ID number. As plants are added, moved or removed the print maps are redrawn with updated information. As grid corner monuments are surveyed the corresponding scanned map will then be imported as a layer into ArcGIS Desktop and each plant accession will be clicked to essentially digitize the print map.

This is a portion of grid 35-2E. The scanned maps will be digitized the information incorporated into the georeferenced database.

The green dots represent the monuments recently surveyed and entered into an ArcGIS Map project with layers of city streets, park trails, an aerial view and the Arboretum grid map.

November 10th day in the field photos

 


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Holiday Art, Craft, and Gift Sale Starts Dec. 7

November 27th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Just a few examples of the artwork and hand-made crafts on sale in the Miller Library starting December 7.

Get your holiday shopping done early and support local artists and artisans! Starting December 7th, we’ll have a selection of locally made arts and crafts available for purchase at the Miller Library.

Choose from:

Items will be available to purchase at the library from December 7 – 21, 2012. Join us for refreshments at the opening reception on Friday, December 7th from 5pm to 7pm. There is no entrance fee.

Location: Elisabeth C. Miller Library, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA, 98105

*Cash or Check only please! 25% of proceeds benefit the Miller Library.*

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Want to visit Cuba? Come with us in February 2013!

November 20th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

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The Fund for Reconciliation and Development, in association with UWBG, is proud to offer a people to people study tour to Cuba led by UWBG director, Professor Sarah Reichard. The 10 day tour includes visits to botanic gardens, organic farms, nature preserves, and historic national parks.

The deadline to register has been extended to January 2.

The fee includes a tax deductible donation to UWBG that funds the Education program.

For more information contact Sandy Schmidt at 877-907-5360 or email schmidt@holbrooktravel.com.

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UWBG Recognizes Volunteer Contributions

November 14th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Written by Cassie Benz

On October 18, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation celebrated their volunteers with an annual Volunteer Recognition event.  We enjoyed fabulous food, from delectable appetizers to yummy barbecue to delicious desserts.  Directors Sarah Reichard and Paige Miller graciously honored our volunteers, speaking of their dedication and importance to UWBG and the Foundation.  This past year UWBG volunteers contributed 6,258 hours and Foundation volunteers contributed 13,931 hours.

Sharlene Walsh was the Arboretum Foundation Volunteer-of-the-Year.  Molly Cleland received the annual Brian O. Mulligan UWBG Volunteer Award.  Many thanks go to Sharlene, Molly and all our volunteers.

 Become a volunteer and join the fun!


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Thank You NAIOP! New Video Shows Hardworking Volunteers

November 9th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Members of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association joined forces at their 2012 Community Enhancement Day to spiff up the Center for Urban Horticulture. Projects included invasive plant removal, small construction projects, painting, planting and much more.

Hoop-houses were rebuilt, Stairs from the McVey Courtyard to the Event Lawn were built, and the weed-prone gravel paths were replaced with stamped concrete in the Soest garden (photo right).

UWBG director, professor Sarah Reichard, remarked: “Of special interest to the faculty and students: the wet beds are rebuilt and look gorgeous. Get that wetland research going now!”

CUH is sparkling now thanks to our NAIOP friends, community members and the  UWBG Horticulture staff.

Watch the action:

Video posted with permission.

 

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