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Seed Libraries: How and Why

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Directors Row 3

What is a seed library, how does it work, and why would you want one in your library? This presentation will explore the benefits of seed libraries, from sustainability to STEM, share successful strategies from Tulsa City County Library’s Seed Library, and introduce the basics of seed saving. Johanna Burton has coordinated the Tulsa Seed Library since its founding in 2014 and Katherine Morris has perfected the physical processing of this nontraditional material.

Presented by: Johanna Burton and Katherine Morris
Sponsored by: Tribal Libraries Committee
Areas of interest: Diversity, Small libraries

Johanna BurtonJohanna Burton is an Associate in Central Adult Services at Tulsa City-County Library, where she coordinates the Seed Library, edits the Tulsa Organizations and Services database, develops gardening and arts programming, and specializes in graphic novels readers’ advisory. Tulsa Seed Library was the first public Seed Library in Oklahoma and one of the first in the country to catalog seeds so they could circulate like any item. She teaches seed-saving and beginning gardening programs, even though as a gardener she is more imaginative than successful.

Katherine Morris recently graduated with her MLIS from The University of Oklahoma and is a Cataloging Librarian with the Tulsa City County Library. She got involved with the Seed Library through the TCCL Green Team and enjoys getting the seed packets ready for checkout.

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