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BCARM is the BGANZ Collections and Records Management group. This group form in 2019 after the BRON (BGANZ Records Officers Network) was relatively inactive and thought that wider collections management was a more relevant theme for this group.

THIS GROUP AIMS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR STAFF IN BOTANIC GARDENS MANAGING PLANT COLLECTIONS BY:

  • fostering collaboration and advocating for best practices in collections and associated records management (collections management) across the BGANZ membership
  • identifying professional development needs and sharing expertise to enhance collections management capability
  • scanning the environment for current and emerging issues, and trends that may influence or impact on collections management
  • providing harmonised responses or recommendations to generic collection issues across the BGANZ membership.
  • reporting and providing recommendations to BGANZ Council on significant matters.

THE GROUP WILL BE WORKING ON:

  • facilitating common standards and best practice for living collection policies, plans, strategies and records management
  • providing professional support for collection development strategies and managing associated issues such as climate change, invasive species etc
  • harmonisation of national collection holdings (metacollections) and/or duplication of wild-collected, rare or threatened species
  • supporting common weed risk assessment approaches and the development of supportive tools/methodologies to enable better management
  • developing contemporary learning and interpretation resources that highlight the value of living collections

The committee is made up of members from Australia and New Zealand – John Sandham (Botanic Gardens of South Australia), Emma Bodley (Auckland Botanic Gardens), Ben Lyte (Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney), Peter Symes (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria), John Arnott (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria), Tex Moon (Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden) and Wolfgang Bopp (Christchurch Botanic Gardens).

If you would like to stay up to date with the group, please contact John Sandham (john.sandham@sa.gov.au) to be added to the mailing list.

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