Date: March 14, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Mexico State University Library announces a new exhibit, “Digitizing New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Extension Service Publications.” The free public exhibit will run through August 15 in the lobby of NMSU’s Branson Library.
The exhibit, organized by Science Librarian Cynthia Watkins, depicts the rich history of agriculture in New Mexico documented in two extensive publication series, NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service Publications and Agriculture Experiment Station Publications.
These unique materials have been produced for more than 100 years to provide research-based information about agriculture, health, economics, family life and natural resources. The collection consists of approximately 3,200 documents including Circulars, Guides, Handbooks, Annual Data Reports, Research Reports and Bulletins, Technical Reports and Task Force Reports written from 1890 to the present.
Many of these paper publications are in fragile condition, with permanent creases and tears, leading to the possibility of restricted access. The Library has embarked upon a project to digitize these documents to increase access and help preserve the collection. The publications will also be made keyword searchable.
The public is invited to enjoy this colorful and educational display of our state’s agricultural heritage. To complete the digitization project, the Library is asking for support from its many friends; alumni of NMSU’s College of Agriculture, Consumer & Environmental Sciences; and the state agricultural community. The goal is to raise $40,000 by May 1 for scanning of the original documents.