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Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:44:58 +0000
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Hi, folks. In the past few years, our campus became part of a broader 
national program that supports Natural History Museum Clubs at various 
institutions. Our campus chapter president has been given University 
approval to offer a new course in museum science, with a focus on 
curatorial practices in different kinds of natural history collections. 
Naturally, one of the main types of collections she wants to devote 
significant time to is insect collections, and she's asked me to forward 
her request to you all, to find good general online sources discussing 
the topic.

I've already given her a few links and/or documents, such as detailed 
resources discussing specimen pinning, labeling, 
databasing/georeferencing, and also packing and shipping. There are 
other topics I don't know of single good sources for, such as discussion 
of cabinets/drawers/unit trays, or pest control, or fluid and slide 
preservation, and similar things.

Unless I'm missing something, I can only find one link on the ECN 
website itself, buried deep down in the "systematics resources" section, 
to a manual on collecting and preserving insects 
( ), and this 
is very large and very generalized, so I'm hopeful that (1) people here 
have some other good suggestions (either to share with the group or to 
share privately), and (2) that the ECN resource pages can include a 
number of additional links like these in the future, in a section on 
"curatorial resources" (we have frequent discussions along these lines 
during our annual meetings).

Thanks in advance!

Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
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