The Parker-Williams Library
The Parker – Williams Library supports the research and conservation work of Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy. The library collection includes monographs, state documents and federal documents accessible through an online catalog available on staff desktops via our intranet. The collection specializes in forestry, fire ecology, plant and animal ecology, conservation biology, ornithology, mammalogy, herpetology, and the natural history and ecology of the southeastern United States. The library subscribes to 85 scientific journals; and it provides other resources for our staff through interlibrary loan or from available online resources as needed.
While the library’s resources are primarily for the benefit of Tall Timbers’ staff, visiting scientists, graduate students and interns, it is open to the public by appointment on a non-circulating basis. Newly available through our online library catalog are digital versions of our map collection. They are available to the public, online. They range from aerial photographs of the Red Hills region, to historic maps of Leon and Thomas Counties. There are timber maps of the various plantations from the 1940s and ‘50s, and many other maps of regional interest.
A signature product of Tall Timbers is the E.V. Komarek Fire Ecology Database, which was created by the library and is still its major focus. This searchable database is available via the Web. The library’s Fire Ecology Thesaurus is a companion product for utilizing the database on the Web. Almost 30,000 bibliographic records are in the database. The database and thesaurus are research tools for station staff, the international research community, and the public.
The library participated in a grant project with other partners to create a new portal on the web, the Southern Fire Portal, a source for fire science information in the south. We are also active participants with the Southern Fire Exchange. Links: