We’ve been exploring the research collection more deeply this spring, looking for sections that should be prioritized for digitization, for taxa that should be targeted for growth and curation, and to get a better feel for our holdings more generally. We’re also identifying curatorial issues.
As is the case with most insect collections ours is uneven in its strengths. Lice (Phthiraptera), aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae), dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata)—as you’ll hear about ad nauseum on this blog—and local butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) are quite strong. Hymenoptera, on the other hand … well, let’s just say there is room for growth. The good news is that the collection appears to be well-curated and pest free. Whew. That means we can focus on the little things.
Up first => standardized header cards. Not the most exciting topic, I’m sure, but here’s what we have in the collection right now:
There are many other examples of disparate header card styles in this collection, each with its own issues. It’s time to standardize. As tempted as I am by horizontal labels, mainly for their readability in images, I think we’re leaning towards a system of vertical cards, similar to this:
Anyone have strong opinions about what works for header cards? We’d love feedback! Up next in our curation blitz: dealing with blend of Cornell and USNM cabinets (argh!) and finding expansion room for the impending growth of hymenopterans.