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Margaret Dykens, Research Library Director

Margaret Dykens Photo by Kim Blackford

Margaret Dykens became the Director of the Research Library in September of 1997. Before moving to San Diego, she lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she managed two special libraries in the University of Michigan system.She received her MILS from the University of Michigan in 1993 and a Master's degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary in 1980. Her research involved a floristic study in the coastal plain of Virginia. She also has over 15 years of experience as a scientific illustrator.

In addition to maintaining and improving the unique resources of the library, she serves as Registrar for the Museum, and was curator for the exhibition Plant Portraits: the California Legacy of A. R. Valentien , which recently toured the U. S. Margi also conducts lectures and tours featuring some of the library's rare books.

Research Associates

Ms. Carol Barsi, Librarian Emeritus

Departmental Associates

Mr. Reed Pierce


The library relies heavily on its volunteer staff, both for routine work and special projects. The librarian also supervises interns and work-study students. Anyone interested in volunteering in this or any department, please complete an online application on the volunteer pages. You will also find descriptions of the various programs and current opportunities.