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.
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,
NCSU Insect Museum
Department of Entomology
Box 7613, NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7613