Check out this video from JSTOR or in other words a JSTORY! Jeanine Vélez Gavilán discusses her career in botany, her passion for endangered plants, and how climate change challenges botanists today. This story is also to help promote their Global Plants Initiative — an international undertaking by leading herbaria to digitize and make available plant type specimens and other holdings used by botanists and others working in botany and other fields every day with partners from 300 institutions, 70 countries (read more). JSTOR provides the production, platform, technical, and promotional support to the participating Global Plants Initiative partners. You can search and view details on the collection but to view the images you must be a subscribing institution.
Global Plants is a community-contributed database with more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images found worldwide, many digitized from glass slides. These contributions are through the Global Plants Initiative (GPI), an international undertaking by leading herbaria to digitize and make available plant type specimens and other holdings. It also includes expedition travelogues, letters, photographs, botanical paintings and drawings, a nd reference works, with links to related research articles on JSTOR. The image viewer feature examines and measures plant specimens and savable in “MyPlants.” It does cost and use you use their calculator to estimate the cost for your institution. (note: did you know JSTOR resources are free in Africa and many other developing countries!)
Start simple. We can’t all redo our buildings to make them healthier and more green. Poor ventilation, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), and many other indoor pollution can really affect employees’ health and attitudes. To provide even yourself, your employees, or your library with better personal air quality, start with a plant. This chart (from goodmagazine) shows some of the basic toxins and which types of plants with help mollify their effects over time. Even if you don’t have much light you can still have plants in your office/library. These sites list some ideas:
You can also read more about indoor air quality and “sick building syndrome” on the EPA’s site here.
Do you have plants in your library? Adding plants adds nice “greenery” to your library, creating a pleasant environment to visit and work. Plants also make an environment healthier – physically, emotionally and psychologically. They are known to remove harmful chemicals in the air, absorb noise and lessen dust, and can even lower blood pressure, help concentration and improve memory. In the end, they improve air quality which equals less people sick and more people feeling good.