At NC State as you may remember we have a voucher policy similar to what
has been posted here.  The problem is enforcing.  Over my years here I have
seen a general decline in the number of voucher specimens submitted. How
does one get the students and PIs to take vouchers seriously?  Is the
department really going to hold up a student finishing his or her degree
because they did not submit vouchers?  I refuse to become the voucher
specimen police. I have plenty of other specimens to deal with.


On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 3:16 PM Andy Deans <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Like many university-based insect collections we stand as a repository for
> vouchers for research done at Penn State and by affiliated projects. Caring
> for vouchers is one of our many core missions, and it's a service many (but
> not enough!) students and PIs take seriously. We're in the process of
> developing an SOP for vouchering that includes information on labeling,
> prep standards, minimum data required, a spreadsheet template to help us
> digitize incoming vouchers, etc. Do any of you have such documentation?
> It's easy for me to describe the importance of vouchers and the standards
> we expect of this material to be deposited at the Frost Museum. We have a
> diverse array of research in our department, however, spanning from
> genomics (of single species in some cases), to systematics, to IPM,
> community ecology, vector-borne diseases, etc., that it can be hard to give
> guidance on what constitutes a *pragmatic* vouchering strategy. Has anyone
> developed a decision tree or similar tool?
> Thanks for any help! Still looking for my copy of Blatchley,
> Andy

Bob Blinn
Collection Manager
NCSU Insect Museum
Department of Entomology
Box 7613, NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7613

phone 919-515-3595
fax 919-515-7746