Kathy Allen, she/her/hers Librarian, Andersen Horticultural Library

Position title
Librarian, Andersen Horticultural Library


As Librarian, Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL), since 2008, I connect users to where they can find plants, both on the MN Landscape Arboretum grounds, and for sale across North America through Plant Information Online < plantinfo.umn.edu >, for which I am indexer and coordinator.  We've grown AHL's Historic Seed & Nursery Catalog Collection into the third largest in the nation (75,000+ items); it's used for horticultural and cultural research. Prior to heading AHL, I was Plant Sciences Librarian, Magrath Library; Director of the Dept of Agriculture Library System, Malawi, Africa; and library consultant for Costabile Associates, Bethesda, MD.


Master of Library Science, University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Arts, Union College, NY

Service to Professional Organizations

Council on Botanical & Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) - Past President