Botanical librarians celebrate famous naturalist

1 May 2007


Tree_plantingOxford librarians have joined the international celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (23 May), the father of modern plant and animal classification. (For a list of events see


Members of the European Botanical and Horticultural Libraries group gathered for a special session in Madrid in April. To honour Linnaeus, a birch tree was planted at the Real Jardín Botánico. The Swedish ambassador and members of the libraries group joined in the planting; Roger Mills, Biosciences and Environmental Sciences Librarian in the University of Oxford, is shown in the photo doing his share of the digging.


Roger Mills has taken over as the new President of the European Botanical and Horticultural Libraries group, which will meet in Oxford next year.


The Oxford libraries provide world-class special collections in forestry, ornithology and taxonomy.   The department coordinating the libraries’ provision in biology, environmental sciences, forestry, geography, plant sciences and zoology is known as ISBES (Information Services in Bio- & Environmental Sciences).



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