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Publication date: 1 November 1994

Pamela Q.J. André and Maria G. Pisa

Explains why managing national information resources in the agriculturalsector has taken on new meaning in the last few years. Not only is thenature of information…

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Explains why managing national information resources in the agricultural sector has taken on new meaning in the last few years. Not only is the nature of information resources changing as a result of new information technologies, but the agricultural sector itself is undergoing a radical transition as it moves into the information age. Fierce competition in the marketplace, sophisticated technology and changing consumer demands make access to accurate, comprehensive and timely information critical. Both the changing nature of information and the changes in the business of agriculture are having a profound affect on the management of the programmes and services at the National Agricultural Library (NAL). Describes NAL and its variety of information services. Outlines its national and international relationships within the agricultural community and considers its attempts to improve access to agricultural information through strong co‐operation. Looks briefly at a vision of NAL′s future.

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Publication date: 8 May 2017

Nazir Ahmad Bhat and Shabir Ahmad Ganaie

This paper of this study is to attempt to explore the status of collection in agricultural libraries of Northern India and assess the magnitude of impact of the advent of…

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Purpose

This paper of this study is to attempt to explore the status of collection in agricultural libraries of Northern India and assess the magnitude of impact of the advent of electronic information resources (EIRs) on the contemporary acquisition.

Design/methodology/approach

While adhering to the survey method, the questionnaire was used as a data collection tool to collect data from university librarians. Telephonic interaction and e-mail correspondence were also used to clear doubts, remove ambiguities and obtain data of higher significance from the respondents.

Findings

The majority of the agricultural libraries in Northern India have a sound collection of information resources in the print form, which may continue to act as a source of attraction for users in the future for a long time to come. Yet, the acquisition of information resources in the print form across the studied libraries continues at routine pace, and as such the advent of e-resources seems to have not yet laid any prominent impact on acquisition of resources in print form. E-Books have not yet been fully incorporated into the library collection and that e-journal collection “CeRA” (Consortium for Electronic Resources in Agriculture) seems to gratify the needs of users of these libraries, as no additional e-journals are seen to be subscribed to at present.

Research limitations/implications

Only seven agricultural libraries have been taken as a sample. Moreover, the work is confined to only two aspects, i.e. current status and the impact of EIRs on acquisition of information resources. Other aspects like those of collection development, storage and accommodation, preservation, library functionality and library services need to also be studied.

Originality/value

This is first work of its nature in Northern India with agricultural libraries as their domain. The findings will help the librarians and the library advisory committees decide on logical grounds about the proportion at which the print and electronic forms of information resources need to be acquired.

Article
Publication date: 1 March 1994

Samuel Demas

A systematic, disciplinary approach to setting preservation priorities developed at Mann Library is described. The Core Agricultural Literature project, under the…

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A systematic, disciplinary approach to setting preservation priorities developed at Mann Library is described. The Core Agricultural Literature project, under the direction of Wallace C. Olsen, has identified the core historical literature in seven disciplines comprising the agricultural sciences. Specific applications and adaptations of the core literature methodology in three other biology and agriculture preservation projects are discussed. Two of the four preservation projects briefly described here have been undertaken as part of a national preservation plan for agricultural sciences literature. The application of digital technology in a national cooperative effort to preserve core historical literature of agriculture represents the culmination of Mann Library's work in developing a disciplinary approach to national preservation planning.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 12 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

Article
Publication date: 3 June 2014

K. Veeranjaneyulu

The purpose of this paper is to provide online access to valuable resource, i.e., rare books, institutional publications, historical reports, theses, success stories, etc…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide online access to valuable resource, i.e., rare books, institutional publications, historical reports, theses, success stories, etc. to the researchers, teachers, extension specialists, farmers and scientists working in the ICAR institutes and state agricultural universities.

Design/methodology/approach

Using open source software, the material in the repository was organized into institution-wise collection of documents such as books, journals, theses, reports, articles, etc. The process of digitization including scanning, cleaning, cropping, conversion to text (OCR), conversion to PDF/A, is currently being done at four different centres. So far, more than ten million pages from 19,495 documents have been digitized along with the necessary metadata.

Findings

The “KrishiKosh” is a collaborative project which envisages launching an Indian agricultural knowledge portal over the internet and sharing its research information including Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) with the rest of the world using latest information and communication technologies.

Research limitations/implications

Users are able to access any information they want, from anywhere in the world, and at any time over the internet. It also culminated in launching of an Indian agricultural knowledge portal over the internet for sharing its research information including ETD with the rest of the world using the latest information and communication technologies.

Practical implications

The agricultural research community will have access to the vast amount of rare and precious literature to further research and developments in agriculture and allied sectors to achieve self-sufficiency in food production.

Social implications

While the population of the country is heading towards 1.23 billion, Indian agricultural scientists are engaged in increasing the food grain production to address the food security challenge. The importance of agricultural production in the context of global competition has occupied a significant place in the national development plan. It helps to provide right information, in right time at right place to increase the agriculture production.

Originality/value

The Indian agricultural knowledge portal over the internet for sharing its research information including ETD among agriculture policy makers, scientists, etc. using latest ICT. The portal helps to avoid duplication and to acquire more resources to the agriculture knowledge centres.

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Library Management, vol. 35 no. 4/5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Article
Publication date: 11 June 2018

Nazir Ahmad Bhat

The purpose of this paper is to identify the frequency at which the users of agricultural libraries of Northern India tend to use the e-resources and explore the time they…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify the frequency at which the users of agricultural libraries of Northern India tend to use the e-resources and explore the time they invest on average in a day in using e-resources. An effort has also been made to examine the state wise, university wise and user category wise tendency w.r.t. the frequency at which they use e-resources and the average time in a day they spend on their use.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey was adopted to conduct the study and a questionnaire was used as a data collection tool. The investigator also interacted with the librarians through telephone and also resorted to the e-mail communication to substantiate the responses and seek certain clarifications thereof. Statistical Package for Social Science was used to analyse the data on an empirical basis. χ2 test was used to derive an association between the variables and test the level of significance thereof.

Findings

It is found that the users of North Indian agricultural libraries have got a great tendency to use e-resources as majority of them are seen to use them “daily” and “2-3 times a week”. They prove to be voracious, prudent and sensible users in the sense that they spend 2 hrs in a day, 1 hr in a day and even 3 hrs in a day on usage of e-resources and thus go at par with the use pattern recorded in other domains of knowledge across India. No remarkable difference is witnessed among different categories of users w.r.t. frequency of use and the time spend on use of e-resources.

Research limitations/implications

This study has been conducted on e-resources only. Response to a similar set of questions need to be collected from the same library users to consolidate the facts about the print form of information and thus carryout a comparative study.

Originality/value

This is first work of its nature in Northern India with domain as agricultural libraries. The outcome of the study will enable the librarians to judiciously decide about the proportion at which the two formats of information resources need to be acquired and the facilities the libraries need to create for adequate, smooth and reliable access to two formats of information.

Article
Publication date: 16 November 2012

Titilayo Comfort Ilesanmi

This paper aims to describe the library consortium experienced at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria. Activities involved…

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Purpose

This paper aims to describe the library consortium experienced at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Nigeria. Activities involved improving researchers' timely access to resources for research for development.

Design/methodology/approach

The approach taken was a librarian interview and observation of library records.

Findings

The consortium involves agricultural libraries in both developing and developed countries. Using the library software Inmagic database enhances the web‐based centralized online public access catalogue of all the participating institutions, the CGV Library. This enabled access to their comprehensive collections, promoting better library services to agricultural researchers. Hence, it bridges the digital gap between developing and developed countries. They are involved in joint acquisition of electronic journals and timely response to sharing their independent collections through electronic document delivery services.

Practical implications

The paper recommends that Nigerian libraries, especially agricultural research institutes, could emulate the IITA library consortium.

Originality/value

The paper provides recommendations to libraries wishing to form consortia in Nigeria and notes the positive impacts that this would have on national development.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 40 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Article
Publication date: 1 November 2003

Esharenana E. Adomi, Monday O. Ogbomo and O.E. Inoni

Focuses on crop farmers’ access to agricultural information in rural areas of Delta State, Nigeria. Data were gathered by questionnaire from ten villages. Farmers of both…

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Focuses on crop farmers’ access to agricultural information in rural areas of Delta State, Nigeria. Data were gathered by questionnaire from ten villages. Farmers of both genders experienced obstacles to information use, although findings revealed that there were also differences between male and female crop farmers with respect to their information needs and sources of agricultural information. Female crop farmers experienced greater problems in accessing agricultural information. However, the major information problems suffered by farmers are not gender‐specific problems. Concludes with recommendations to enhance all crop farmers’ access to agricultural information.

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Library Review, vol. 52 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Article
Publication date: 1 May 1992

Kebede Gessesse

Stresses the importance of sharing agricultural information,particularly in the Third World. Indicates present agencies promotingco‐operation in Africa, and presents…

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Stresses the importance of sharing agricultural information, particularly in the Third World. Indicates present agencies promoting co‐operation in Africa, and presents prospects for developing a more systematic and comprehensive system of documentary co‐operation for agricultural information.

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Library Review, vol. 41 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Article
Publication date: 1 February 2001

Geli Zhang and David M. Lane

A short list of English language Web sites in agriculture from an international perspective is given, together with brief reviews of each site, to assist librarians…

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A short list of English language Web sites in agriculture from an international perspective is given, together with brief reviews of each site, to assist librarians, agricultural researchers, and other professionals. Sites were selected on the basis of a comparative study of a large number of information resources on the Internet.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 19 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Article
Publication date: 1 May 1992

Tracy M. Casorso

The NCSU Digitized Document Transmission Project is a collaborative project between North Carolina State University Libraries, the National Agricultural Library and eleven…

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The NCSU Digitized Document Transmission Project is a collaborative project between North Carolina State University Libraries, the National Agricultural Library and eleven land grant university libraries. The aim of the project is to explore the basic issues and questions involved in developing network‐based document delivery systems for library materials. NCSU Libraries, in partnership with the National Agricultural Library (NAL), is leading the research and demonstration project that is investigating the technical, procedural and administrative issues related to the electronic delivery of digitized research materials via the NSF net/Internet and campus telecommunications networks. Commercially available graphics‐capable, networked desktop computers, scanners and laser printers have been installed in participating institutions' interlibrary loan departments for the direct transmission and receipt of digitized materials. The system allows the digitized research materials to be transmitted directly to the researcher's workstation, whereupon the image can be readily imported into a graphics or wordprocessing program or an ASCII file can be created using an optical character recognition (OCR) program. Printed images are markedly superior to fax transmissions. A distinguishing feature of the system is its ability to import and deliver materials originating in electronic form, such as electronic journal articles or multimedia works.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 10 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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