Staff Profile

Ms. Charlotte A. Tancin
Librarian & Principal Research Scholar

As librarian, Ms. Tancin is in charge of the Institute's book collections. In that capacity she is responsible for library administration, all aspects of collection development, maintenance and preservation, and the journal exchange program. She shares reference work for on-site and off-site library users with the assistant librarian. She conducts library tours and group presentations for audiences such as botany classes, garden groups and library school students, and is the book review editor for Huntia. Her current activities include ongoing work on a survey of Linnaean collections for the Linnaeus Link project and on projects with the Preservation and Access Committee of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL).

Ms. Tancin earned her B.A. in philosophy from Mount St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Maryland, and a master's in library science and advanced certificate in preservation management from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (president, 1996-1997; secretary, 1999-2005), and in 2008 received the Council’s Charles Robert Long Award of Extraordinary Merit. She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, represents Hunt Institute in the Linnaeus Link project, and is a member of the Society for the History of Natural History. She is also a research associate in the Museum Library at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. She has a strong interest in the preservation of library and archival materials, as well as in the history of the book, literacy, scholarly communication and the spread of ideas. Her personal interests include genealogy, backpacking, Web work and other recreational computing, quiltmaking, music and, of course, books. She is working on several projects documenting the history of her home town, Freeland, Pennsylvania, including a set of Web pages.

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