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The United States Agricultural Information Network: Accomplishments through Strategic Collaboration
Library Trends
  • Antoinette Paris Greider, University of Kentucky
  • Barbara S. Hutchinson, Global Rangelands
Abstract
For more than thirty years the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) has been a major player in the dissemination and preservation of agricultural information. Beginning as a network of institutions, USAIN early on restructured to an individual-based organization. As a community of practice, USAIN members conduct work through committees and interest groups and maintain close communication through a variety of outlets. Biennial conferences offer face-to-face networking opportunities, and conference scholarships have been successful in engaging potential new members directly in organizational activities. The results of a survey of scholarship winners provide insights into perceptions of the organization and the benefits of membership. Through the years, USAIN also has initiated and supported projects that have helped build a more efficient and effective agricultural information system to inform and educate a broad range of audiences involved in the areas of agriculture, food, and nutrition. These include a national preservation program, a national text-digitizing project, the AGRICOLA database, and the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC). This paper chronicles the history of the organization and the impact it has had on agricultural information professionals and national agricultural information initiatives.
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2017
Notes/Citation Information

Published in Library Trends, v. 65, no. 3, p. 253-278.

Copyright © 2017 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Library Trends, Volume 65, Issue 3, Winter, 2017, pages 253-278.

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Citation Information
Antoinette Paris Greider and Barbara S. Hutchinson. "The United States Agricultural Information Network: Accomplishments through Strategic Collaboration" Library Trends Vol. 65 Iss. 3 (2017) p. 253 - 278
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/antoinette_greider/61/