by Ian Bucacink, M.A., M.L.I.S.
The Professional Practice Library at ASLA houses more than 2,000 volumes on landscape architecture and related fields, and receives more than 130 journals and newsletters. In addition, it has archival copies of ASLA publications, including Landscape Architecture Magazine, membership directories, and annual meeting publications. Most of the library and research materials were packed away in off-site storage during the construction of the ASLA Center for Landscape Architecture, and ongoing building issues have prevented the return of the library shelving and reading areas. However, we hope to restore full access to researchers in 2019!
In the meantime, the Professional Practice Library staff is here to help you with all of your research and reference needs! The following resources are available to you online:
- Online Catalog: A searchable catalog of ASLA library materials, including books, journals, and archival materials.
- ASLA Fellows Database: Search the database to learn more about the work and achievement of all of the ASLA Fellows from the original class of 1899 through the current class.
- Archival Guide for Landscape Architecture Documentation: A reference guide prepared by the ASLA Archives and Collections Committee for landscape architects, firms, and chapters looking to preserve their professional records and document their contribution to the profession.
- External Collections Database: A list of archival collections related to landscape architects or landscape architecture located at other libraries and repositories.
- Books by ASLA Members: ASLA’s Online Bookstore connects readers to great titles on Amazon written by ASLA members, while also supporting ASLA in the process. Read more about the virtual bookstore and how to add your authored books.
- Records of the American Society of Landscape Architects, 1899-1966: ASLA donated its earliest records to the Library of Congress on December 19, 1969. They can be viewed at the Manuscript Division Reading Room in the Madison Building in Washington, DC.
ASLA’s Archivist and Technical Librarian is here to help you with your information needs. Access to research and reference services is a free benefit provided to ASLA members. To contact the Professional Practice Library, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 216-2354.
Ian Bucacink, M.A., M.L.I.S., is the Archivist and Technical Librarian at the American Society of Landscape Architects. He can be reached at email@example.com or by calling (202) 216-2354.