After having used the library since 1975 as a botanist for my own researches (thesis on the diatoms as bioindicators, then study of the Apiaceae of the Belgian flora), I became scientific librarian in 1993, and in 2003 responsible of the service Library and Archives of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium.
The management of one of the biggest botanical libraries in Europe, as in the world, was a big deal. I supervised the transition between card files and the computerized online catalogue, and I initiated and experienced the new challenge of the digitisation of the collections and the creation of a virtual library.
Since my retirement in 2019, I am still bringing casual help in the library and I remain active in several topics. I regularly write biographical notices on Belgian botanists or dead collaborators of the Botanic Garden and compile their list of publications. I had been working for 5 years writing the history of the vasculum or botanical collecting box, that was published end 2021.
I am also interested in the valorisation of our valuable books and heritage art and iconographic collection, namely the history of the nature printing, an ancestral method to print plant illustrations using the plants self, and our Brendel’s models collection.