Citations (Library Newsletter) September 2000
$97,755 Grant Preserves History of Agriculture
The Library was recently awarded $97,755 by the National Endowment for
the Humanities (NEH)/United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) to
preserve publications documenting the history of
The project is a collaborative effort with nine other
libraries in land grant institutions, led by the Albert Mann Library at
The project is intended to advance the goals of the USAINís National Preservation Program for Agricultural literature and the national preservation program administered by the NEH to preserve the intellectual content of deteriorating research resources.† The project will employ a four-person scholarly review panel to rank titles according to their priority as research resources and will target for preservation the most important 30% of approximately 5,000 volumes.
Once the ranking has been compiled, the Library will organize preservation microfilming activities consistent with national standards.† When filming and quality checking are completed, catalog records for each item will be entered in the international online catalog, OCLC.† Microfilm masters will be housed at the National Agricultural Library and a duplicate master and one circulating copy of each publication will be made available to Library users.
McKimmie states that the materials to be identified and preserved
include books, government documents, extension publications, newspapers,
farming journals and theses and dissertations.†
These materials include information on
The literature of agriculture and rural life in