As you may have read in the Chairman's Announcements from Council post, I've become the Herb Society Librarian. I'm currently getting together a list of all the books we have, but the sad fact is there isn't that many as you can see from the photo below. And although the room is big, light and airy it doesn't announce that this is a Herb Library when you walk in, and it should! I have to admit that my heart sank as I was expecting more, but it also struck me as a challenge, there is no reason why we can't all get together and turn this rough gem into a precious herbal literary jewel!
As well as books we have a lot of magazines, and not just back issues of Herbs, but copies of other herbal publications and some other jolly items that I'll tell you all about when I've finished cataloguing everything.
So as well as your unwanted/duplicate herb books, I'm looking for donations of herbal artifacts, I don't mean antiques although anyone with those is welcome to donate them I'm wanting herb items such as pestle & mortars, old jars and herbal paraphenalia. We need some storage boxes with lids and we need magazine boxes (the cardboard and acid free kind please!). And if anyone has a large fireproof box they no longer require that would be good to, plus a couple of reading lamps!
The room can also do with some flora in it! As there isn't someone there to water living plants as they need them, I thought we can add some colour using artificial or dried plants/flowers, herb related if possible. Anyone that is a wizz with dried herb arrangements that wants to make one and donate it to the Society for the library room would be greatly appreciated. When the gardens at Sulgrave are full of herbs I'll collect some to hang from the rafters in the room, which will add a nice herbal touch.
There is space in the room for more shelves like these, can you help me fill them? If you have any items you can either post them to Sulgrave, or as this could prove costly, if you live within easy reach of me I'll come and collect them. Alternatively you can bring them along when you visit an event at Sulgrave, and if I'm not there, someone will take them off you and put them in the library, ready to be used. The complete list of books will be available in the future, in the members only section and the books can be viewed at Sulgrave by arrangement. So can anyone help me.....?
That library looks to be a very time consuming job, if it was me I'd probably start and find myself hours later with my head in book. Will certainly keep it in mind when I'm browsing the second hand book shops. Do the books need to be deep medical type ones or will the rather more ordinary ones be acceptable?
Re: Books etc
February 29 2008, 7:28 PM
Any herb books would be most welcome, medicinal herbal tomes or the ones that the herbal beginner would peruse. As long as the book is about herbs, although I draw the line at Catherine Cookson's 'Dinner of Herbs' lol! Although to be honest beyond the title and my Mum was a big fan of Catherine Cookson I have no idea if the book has any actual herbal references in it.
I have a plan to have a book stall at a future Herb Society event where any duplicates we get can be sold to help raise funds for the Herb Society. I'd also like us to have some kind of lending aspect to the library on the everyday herb books, but whether that is practical I'll have to see what can be worked out. I have some unwanted herb books I've out grown that I'll take with me to SUlgrave and Jan Greenland told me today she has some, so we're already off to a flying start. Many thanks for your offer, lets hope others join us and help make our library a herbal treasure
Re: Books etc
February 29 2008, 9:39 PM
I can see what you mean about the library---i was imagining a dark ,dusty room with rather a lot of books.Still,challenges can be good and I can`t think of anyone better to rise to it!!
I will ask my professional organisation (Unified Register of Herbal Practioners) to send acopy of our journal--Herbal Roots,to the society--It is published two or three times a year.Perhaps Jenny could could do likewise with the National Institute.If anyone else knows of any journals that would be suitable,perhaps they could arrange for copies to be sent to the society.
I will keep my eyes open for any bits and bobs that will lend some character to the library--I love going around charity shops and it will give me something else to look out for as well as books.
I have 4 brass mortar and pestles from my collection that I will donate.
So much is happening at the moment isn`t it,and I think we have the human dynimo that is Debs,behind it all!!
Re: Books etc
March 1 2008, 5:02 PM
That's a superb idea re the journals, we seem to get a few from America already (or at least we did in the past) once I get organised I'll have a full list but it would be good to have any herb publications sent to us Thanks for the pestle & mortar donation, I have somewhere for them to go already
I do agree about there being lots happening at the moment, but I'm afraid I can't take all the credit, Jenny is working really hard to bring us some wonderful events and as she plans this years she's already looking to next year. And Flick is working really hard and more hours than she's being paid for to sort the admin side of things out. It's all coming together nicely and I'm looking forward to what the future for the Herb Society holds.
Books for the library
March 24 2008, 6:35 PM
I have started a gentle cull of my bookshelves and came across some that had accumulated dust for a while. They are not strictly herbs books but allied subjects. By the late publishers Element Books, covering Reflexology, Skin and Body Care, Spiritual Healing, Flower Remedies amd Acupuncture. If these are any good will pop them in a Jiffy bag and send them to you. Will soon find one or two more herby ones as I browse along the shelves, a bit time consuming! If you don't want them they can always go to the Village Hall Jumble Sale so no problems.
Re: Books for the library
March 26 2008, 9:10 AM
Sorry about the delay in replying, the books you mentioned are great, any that aren't suitable, I can put in the 'bring & buy' book pile for the bookstall I hope to run at a not too distant future HS event soon. I'm actually off to the library at Sulgrave next week, meeting Joan Dugdale from Australia whilst she does some research for her book, and also beginning cataloguing the library and seeing what we have, it will take a few sessions I think, but sometime very soon I will have a complete list of books we have in the library.
Anyone with book donations, please send them to Sulgrave Manor, Flick will pass them on to me, each time I visit:-
Attention Debs Cook - Librarian The Herb Society Sulgrave Manor Sulgrave Banbury OX17 2SD
Or if you're attending an event then why not bring them with you to save postage? I really appreciate the books Jane, and I'm sure the library will flourish with the help of people like you My dream is to make the library be a true herbal reference library. I have other plans for the future as well, but first we need to get the library well stocked. Still looking for odds and ends to put in the library to give it a herbal flavour.
March 26 2008, 11:26 PM
Will get the books in the post ASAP, if I find any more wil just send them on if you hav a box of 'new to you' good idea
April 1 2008, 8:27 PM
Just got back from a day at Sulgrave spent in the library, we found 4 boxes of books in cupboards that are now on the shelves. I made good progress and managed to sort out the magazines from other organisations and get all the books on the shelves. We've begun the archiving of photos and documents and have catalogued about 25% of the books. I also had the pleasure of meeting Joan Dugdale today, shes a lovely lady, very knowledgeable and so friendly, she told me some fascinating things and I really can't wait to read her book when its finished. I'll keep you all updated on the library progress, so keep the book domations etc coming
April 15 2008, 9:01 AM
Just to say thank you for the parcel of books that I received yesterday when I visited the library at Sulgrave.
So far with the help of Simon, we've managed to catalogue half of the books, so fingers crossed, we'll have a complete inventory in another few weeks. Progress is being made and the library is really beginning to look as it should. Still looking for donations of herbal paraphenalia for the room as well as more books.
October 9 2008, 3:26 PM
Keen eyed browsers of the website may have noticed a new category on the front page navigation menu entitled 'Our Library'?
I've added a page with a few photos and brief information about the history of the library and our plans for the future. At the 2008 AGM & Conference Flick and I took several parties on a tour of the library. Some members were shocked at how small the library is, but one lady commented that it had much improved since her last visit. Members got to ask questions, examine the books and I got to be able to tell them about the future plans for the library and archives. You can read more about them on the new library page http://www.herbsociety.org.uk/library.htm
Once everything is catalogued a list of the books will be available to members. From the photos you cannot see much improvement, but things are more organised now and the cataloguing process continues
January 25 2009, 2:49 PM
A little library update, we've had a laptop and scanner donated for the library this week All we need now is a low maintenance printer and the HS library will be IT ready. Which means I can begin work scanning back issues of Herbs and The Herbal Review and also our old photos etc and will be able to store them electronically for members to access for research.
Also Ive just been given some wonderful news a friend of Jennys is retiring from practising herbal medicine, and she wants to donate her herb books to the HS library. There are somewhere in the region of 300 of them although some will be medical, but shes happy for us to sell those on to make some money for the Society. We dont have them yet but hope to get them into the library by the end of March 09.
<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />Re the printer, I'm looking for a low maintenance printer, to clarify, I mean one that takes refillable cartridges or the cartridges are cheap to replace. So if anybody has one that they no longer need, please get in touch! One that can act like a scanner as well would be a bonus for members to be able to scan any items of information that I haven't got round to scanning and archiving yet.
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