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Agricultural libraries information notes
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Technical Information Systems (U.S.)
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Citation/Reference:
Libary & information science abstracts
Citation/Reference:
Bibliography of agriculture
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Publication began with Vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 1975).
Issuing Body:
Vols. prior to v. 4, no. 1 issued by the National Agricultural Library; v. 4, no. 1-v. 7, no. 7 issued by the Technical Information Systems, Science and Education Administration; v. 7, no. 8/9- issued by the National Agricultural Library.
Issuing Body:
Vol. 1-4, no. 1 were issued by the National Agricultural Library.
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Title from caption.
General Note:
Vols. for 1978- Aug./Sept. 1981 classed: A 106.109:
General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 3 (Mar. 1979).
General Note:
Has occasional supplements.

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HUME RURAL
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TIS TRAINING AND EDUCATION
SERVICES
By David Hoyt*

As most of our readers are aware, in
1978 several components of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture were re-
organized, and the Science and
Education Administration (SEA) was
established. The creation of SEA was
in direct response to Title XIV of the
Food and Agriculture Act of 1977
(U.S.C. 3121). The Act emphasized that
agricultural research, extension, and
teaching were distinct missions of the
Department of Agriculture. The func-
tional units of SEA included Agricul-
tural Research, Cooperative Research,
Extension, and Technical Information
Systems. Technical Information Systems
(TIS) includes the National Agricul-
tural Library (NAL).

As a new entity within SEA, TIS never-
theless retained its original respon-
sibility to acquire and diffuse among
the American people technical infor-
mation about agriculture and related
subjects.

New emphasis was placed on its role
of training and education within the
agricultural information community.
Greater stress was laid on outreach
activities and user training in order
to create and maintain a national in-
formation network of highly trained
information providers.

This network consists of USDA agency
field libraries, land grant college
libraries', specialized information
:centers, extension information centers,


nutrition information centers, forestry
institutions, and other cooperating
agricultural information providers. To
ensure that the TIS information systems
and services are made known to the agri-
cultural community, a videotape was
produced and online user workshops were
developed.


USDA Photo
Frame from "The Information Cycle.n

Last November production was completed
on a new videotape, called "The Infor-
mation Cycle." This tape presents and
describes the Agriculture Literature
(AGRICOLA) and Current Research Infor-
mation Systems (CRIS) data bases, the
Current Awareness Literature Service
(CALS), Food and Nutrition Information
Center (FNIC), and the Document Delivery
Systems of the National Agricultural
Library and the information network.
The tape also includes a brief overview
of the evolution of the National


IUCHNICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
SINCE AND EDUCATION ADMINISRATION
IL.S DWARiWEMr OF AGRICULTURE


VOL. 7. NO. 6 JUNE 1981
BELTSVILLE, MARYLANd 20706






Agricultural Library into the Technical
Information Sys'tems, and the processes
by which information is transferred
from the scientist to the educator.

"The Information Cycle" presents an
overview of Technical Information Sys-
tems, what it is, and how it can help
you in your work. The tape can be used
in staff awareness sessions, or util-
ized for training sessions emphasizing
online literature retrieval.

User Training and Online Workshops

At least two levels of data base
workshops have also been developed by
the Educational Resources Division
integrating the training programs
related to CRIS, AGRICOLA, and CALS.


The topics covered in the basic
workshop include online systems access
to Lockheed's Dialog information
retrieval system, including its
commands and operational procedures;
Boolean logic; search strategy
formulation; efficient search
techniques; and basic proficiency in
the searching of CRIS and AGRIOOLA, as
well as profiling experience for the
provision of CALS service. CRIS,
AGRICOLA, and CALS are explained in
terms of their history, growth,
development, structure, content, scope
of coverage, and purpose. The basic
level classes will provide for
considerable practical experience at
online searching as an integral part of
the workshop. TIS provides all necessary


Basic Level Workshops


The basic level workshops are designed
to give participants an understanding
of the basic organization, principal
functions, and mission of Technical
Information Systems; the principles
behind online information retrieval;
the methodology and command structure
of the Lockheed Dialog Information
Retrieval System; the organization,
scope of coverage, and content of the
CRIS and AGRICOLA data base; the
principles and theory behind multiple
data base searching necessary to
support Current Awareness Literature
Services (CALS) profiling; the
functioning of the CALS services; and
the methods of operation used in the
NAL Document Delivery System. The main
thrusts and major emphases of the
classes are on data base searching.
The workshops are not intended to
produce experts at data base searching,
but attendees are expected to acquire
basic minimum proficiency in searching
the CRIS and AGRICOLA data bases, and
in assisting scientists and educators
in preparing multiple data base
profiles for CALS services.


USDA Photo
Basic level AGRICOLA Workshop taught
by Dr. Charles Gilreath, Texas A & M
University.


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examples, illustrations, slides, over-
heads, or other audiovisual materials
necessary for the workshop. Attendees
provide only for their travel and
personal expenses.

The basic level classes are primarily
intended for professional librarians
and technical information specialists.
But, researchers, scientists, or
educators, with a steady or continuous
need to search for agricultural infor-
mation from an online system may also
enroll. No prior online searching
experience is expected of participants,
but either some subject knowledge of
agriculture, the life sciences or
related disciplines; or training on a
graduate level in library or
information science; or advanced
standing or practical experience at
providing agricultural information is
necessary. Priority for admission to
the workshops, which are offered at
various locations around the country,
goes to individuals from within the
USDA community; the land grant
universities, and other cooperating
institutions. As space permits,
applicants will also be accepted from
state and local governmental organiza-
tions and the private agricultural
sector. Each class is limited in size
to about 20 or 25 people.

Advanced Level Workshops

The advanced level workshops are
intended for more sophisticated and
experienced searchers of AGRICOLA and
are designed to give participants an
advanced level understanding of the
use, functions, and content of the
AGRICOLA data base; its design
structure and principal features; its
strengths and weaknesses in relation to
other agricultural data bases; its
scope of subject coverage, unique
features and problems. Participants
should come away from the advanced
seminar with a clear understanding of
how to use AGRICOLA effectively, when


to choose it over another data base, and
how to formulate and execute a compli-
cated search on a complex subject and do
so in an efficient manner.

The main thrust and major emphasis of
the advanced level classes is on the
efficient retrieval of complex agricul-
tural information from AGRICOLA and
related data bases. Unlike the basic
level classes, these workshops are
intended to produce experts at AGRICOLA
searching. These experts should in turn
be able to instruct their colleagues and
subordinates at their own institutions
and further enhance the quality and
efficiency of the information services
provided within the national informa-
tion network.

The topics covered in the advanced
classes will include the history,
growth, development, structure, content,
coding, classification, scope of cover-
age, and purposes of the AGRICOLA data
base. When appropriate, comparisons
with other agricultural, biological,
chemical, industrial, or business data
bases will be made for the purposes of
illustrating the strengths and weak-
nesses in AGRICOLA; differences in
searching techniques; and methodology
behind search strategy formulation.
Cataloging and indexing policies and
practices will also be covered as they
relate to efficient retrieval of infor-
mation from AGRICOLA; likewise, acqui-
sition policies and practices will be
discussed to illustrate when AGRICOLA
versus another data base should be used
to retrieve agricultural or related
information. AGRICOLA subject and
concept coding will be discussed in
relation to other data bases and free
text searching. The creation and
function of the various subfiles will
also be integrated into the workshops.
A major emphasis will be placed on
problem solving in the creation and
construction of innovative and search
strategies. Appropriate reference
tools, search aids, and vocabulary tools






will be used for these purposes. As a
rule discussion of AGRICOLA will be
systems independent, except where
different loading techniques or unique
systems features affect retrieval
outcomes. Here systems discussions
will be relevant and appropriate.

Practical experience at online search-
ing will also be an integral part of
the advanced workshop as well, but a
greater emphasis will be placed on
group discussions, problem solving
sessions, and illustrative lectures.
The advanced classes are intended, as
the name implies, for advanced level
professional librarians or technical
information specialists working in
agricultural information retrieval
activities. Each class will be limited
to not more than 15 or 20 participants;
and, like the basic level classes, will
be located around the country at
various institutions.

Conclusion

The long range goal of TIS is to
continue offering a variety of user
training seminars. A basic level
workshop is scheduled for August 24-28
in Knoxville, Tennessee. Two advanced
classes are scheduled to be held in
Riverside, California, September 21-23,
and East Lansing, Michigan, November
2-5, 1981, respectively. A schedule for
the fiscal year 1982 will be published
shortly. Persons interested in enrol-
ling in the workshops, wanting to
borrow the videotape, or wishing
additional information about training
sessions, should call or write David R.
Hoyt, Room 408 NAL Building,
Beltsville, DI) 20705; telephone: (301)
344-3937. Qj


USDA Photo
AGRICOLA students working at termi-
nal with instructor Harry Dewey.


USDA Photo
A student receives "hands on'
experience.


*David Hoyt is Leader, Training and Education, Educational Resources Division,
TIS/SEA/USDA.






SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE REFERENCE COLLECTION, TECHNICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
By Mary Lassanyi
and
Phyllis Cleveland*

Writing the selection criteria for the Reference Collection was derived from a
study of the forthcoming book "Guide to Sources for Agricultural and Biological
Research" by J. Richard Blanchard and Lois Farrell.1/ This study was to provide
three results:

1. To determine the titles owned by Technical Information Systems (TIS).
2. To make recommendations on unowned items to be purchased by Technical Infor-
mation Systems.
3. To write selection criteria for Reference Collection of Technical Information
Systems.

Inquiries and literature searches revealed that reference collection policies had
not been written by other national libraries or by other special libraries.2/
Therefore, TIS had no basis or guidelines to follow in writing a selection
criteria policy for its reference collection.

Many regular selection policies were studied and journal articles on selection
policy were read. After this, it was evident that this policy should be in a
short, easy to follow format, and that it should include both acquisition and
updating (weeding) of reference materials. Of course, it had to fit into
parameters of the present Library Collection Development Policy.3/ Therefore the
concept core and related subjects were preserved.

The final product of the Selection Criteria consists of four parts:

CHECKLIST FOR ACQUISITION OF NEW MATERIALS
(1) What are the strengths and weaknesses of the existing reference
collection in the subject area in question?
(2) Is this topic an important one in the Department?
(3) Is this topic likely to be important in the future?
(4) Has the work received favorable reviews?
(5) What are the author's, institution's, and publisher's qualifications and
reputation?
(6) What is the date of publication?
(7) Does the work duplicate material in titles already in the collection?
(8) What is the language of the publication? (Works in English and major
foreign languages [French, German, and Spanish] will be purchased in
preference to those in minor languages.)

CHECKLIST FOR FEEDING CRITERIA
(1) How comprehensive is this publication? Are its scope and depth such
that it belongs in the reference collection? How do scientists and
subject specialists rate it?
(2) Is the discipline one which requires a large group of reference works.
(3) What is the language of the publication? If it is not in English, will
its use be very light?
(4) How frequently is this publication likely to be used in the future?







(5) Is there a later edition which supersedes this publication?
(6) How old is the publication?
(7) Is the work a continuation? If so, should some or all of the older
volumes be sent to the stacks?
(8) Is the material in this work largely or entirely duplicated in other
reference works?

OVERVIEW OF COVERAGE OF AGRICULTURAL LITERATURE

The overview, which is used to determine the language of a selection, combines the
type of reference material with core subjects, related subjects, and peripheral
subjects. By using the chart, one can identify the language in which each item
may be collected.
OVERVIEW OF COVERAGE OF AGRICULrT'RAL LITFRAriIRE

Core Related Peripheral
Types of Materials Subiects Subiects Subiects
Abstracts b Indexes E E E
Atlases S E F
Biographies E E E
Catalogs S E E
Dictionaries A S E
Directories E E E
Encyclopedias 5 E E
Handbooks E E *
Subject bibliographsies 5 E E_
Thesauri E E
Yearbooks & Almanac F E E






Legend* A to be collected in any language
E= to be collected only in English
S Ito be collected in selected languages (i.e.. English, French,
Cerman, Russian, Spanish)
*= to be acquired on a very selective basis


GRID COMBINING TYPES OF REFERENCE MATERIALS AND SUBJECT AREAS WITH NUMERICALLY
RANKED PERTINENT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLICATION

The Grid is to be used in the following manner:

(1) Determine if proposed selection fits a type of reference material i.e.,
dictionary or a subject, for instance, plant science. If it is both, the
reference librarian must make a decision as to where to place it; how-
ever, it is generally advisable to use the reference type, because sub-
ject considerations are included under core subjects and related subjects.
(2) Next the bibliographic data plus knowledge of core and related subjects
are evaluated using the legend at the bottom of the page. User input has
no numerical ranking.







(3) When all appropriate boxes have been marked with numbers, a total is
placed in the last column on the right.
(4) Numerical evaluation determines whether the publication is Essential
(10-11), Useful (8-9), Desirable (7), Not Recommended (6).


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The final step, using the criteria, was to recommend titles to be purchased by
TIS. For selection purposes four categories were used in the desirata file. In
descending order of importance these were; essential, useful, desirable, and not
recommended. The major reasons for not selecting items are as follows:


1. Journal article
2. Too old to be useful, especially for directories and periodical lists
3. Adverse comment in the annotation
4. Overlaps material already owned
5. Unsuitable language, for example, a directory printed only in Japanese
6. Data base
7. Special collection not available for purchase or distribution


The Reference Librarians will use the grid for a trial period of several months.



1/Available Fall 1982 from University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. Price
unavailable.
2/The National Library of Medicine completed a Reference Book Selection Policy for
their highly specialized library, shortly after this was written.
3/USDA, Library Collection Development Policy, NAL, Beltsville, MD. December 1977. (

VMary Lassanyi is Head, Information & Bibliographic Section, Reference Branch,
TIS/SEA/USDA. Phyllis Cleveland is a former member of the Reference Staff.



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SUGAR EXHIBIT


"Green Fields: Two Hundred Years of
Louisiana Sugar" is a pictorial exhibit
assembled by the Center for Louisiana
Studies of the University of Southern
Louisiana to tell the story of the
sugarcane industry, its people, and its
distinctive culture. The exhibit will
be on display in the Lobby of the
National Agricultural Library Building
July 9-August 28, 1981. The formal
opening of the exhibit will take place
on Thursday, July 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Louisiana State officials, members of
the Congressional delegations, repre-
sentatives from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, and staff from the Center
for Louisiana Studies are expected to
be present.

The exhibit is composed of over 180
images ranging from eighteenth century
engravings to photographs of the latest
prototypes of mechanical harvesters.
It explores the growing and harvesting
of sugarcane as well as the complex
manufacturing processes over the span
of two centuries. It also addresses
itself to the architecture of sugar,
not just the great plantation houses of
the Mississippi River, dear to film
makers and photographers, but also the
humbler homes of the bayou country, the
massive sugarhouses where the sweet
juice is extracted and granulated, and
the ancillary buildings without which
the industry could not function.

For more information on the exhibit
contact Alan Fusonie, TIS/SEA/USDA;
telephone: (301) 344-3876. Q&


Photo Center for
Louisiana Studies
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ELECTRONIC MAIL


An Electronic Mail System is now in
operation for the Extension Service.
The contract was awarded to DIALCOM,
Inc., a Silver Spring, MD company which
provides a comprehensive software
package offering an advanced list of
services. Dr. Mary Nell Greenwood and
the Deputy Administrators' offices are
currently using Electronic Mail as is
SEA-Information and SEA-Cooperative
Research Service. Information has been
forwarded to State Extension Directors
and their designated contact persons,
inviting them to contract for the sys-
tem. To date training has been pro-
vided for nearly a hundred people in
the Washington area in the use of the
system.

This NCooperative Systems Mail Net-
work" will not only provide message
transmission service between all users
of the system, it also provides the
capability to file materials electron-
ically; it has a powerful editing
capability which performs many word
processing functions; it interfaces
with word processors; it provides the
capability for computer conferencing,
calendaring, project tracking and even
makes the daily news available through
the UPI newservice.

State Directors have the option to
contract for this system through Tech-
nical Information Systems/SEA and to
establish as many ID's or mailboxes as
are needed in their State. Although
each State will be responsible for its
own costs, it is anticipated that these
costs will be modest. We are looking
forward to having your State accessible
on this system.

For further Information contact Gerald
Paulsen, ISD/TIS/SEA, NAL Bldg.,
Beltsville, MD 20705; telephone: (301)
344-3752. Q&


Cooperative Systems Mail Network. A
Computerized National Network For Rapid
Person-To-Person Communication. Folder.
To request a copy, send a self-addressed
mailing label to: TIS/SEA/USDA, Educa-
tional Resources Division, Room 408, NAL
Bldg., Beltsville, MD 20705.


BIOSIS/CAS SELECTS TO DEBUT IN JULY

BIOSIS and Chemical Abstracts Service
(CAS) have announced plans to jointly
produce a series of current awareness
publications under the general title of
BIOSIS/CAS SELECTS.

These biweekly publications will bring
together abstracts and summaries of
current research articles from both the
biological and chemical literature on
topics spanning the two disciplines.
Fourteen titles covering specific re-
search areas will be available in July
of 1981. Other topics are under con-
sideration and may be added as the
service develops.

Th6 content of the BIOSIS/CAS SELECTS
publications will be selected by com-
puter-assisted review of all abstracts
and summaries prepared for Biological
Abstracts, Biological Abstracts/RRM
(Reports, Reviews, Meetings) and Chem-
ical Abstracts. Subscribers to the new
service will receive the benefit of the
most comprehensive reviews of current
worldwide chemical and biological re-
search literature available. Together,
the two services monitor more than
15,000 scientific periodicals, ab-
stracting or summarizing more than
750,000 research articles each year.

Each publication is priced at $100.00
annually, and includes 26 issues.
Readers interested in subscribing may
contact BIOSIS Customer Services in
Philadelphia, PA or CAS Customer Ser-
vice, P.O. Box 3012, Columbus, OH 43210.
(BIOSIS, Continued on p. 15)






NEW PUBLICATIONS
OF NOTE


Agricultural Food Policy Review.
Perspectives for the 1980's.
Washington, D.C., Economics and
Statistics Service, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, 1981. 148 p. (AFPR-4).
Free. Request from Economics and
Statistics Service, Information &
Publications, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Room 440-GHI, Washington,
D.C. 20250.

Crop Yields and Climate Change to the
Year 2000. Vol. 1: Report on the
second phase of a climate impact
assessment. Conducted by the Research
Directorate of the National Defense
University jointly with the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, Institute for the
Future. Washington, D.C. (National
Defense University) 1980. 128 p.
$5.00. Order from Superintendent of
Documents, U.S. Government Printing
Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.

Feeding Value of Ethanol Production
By-Products. Committee on Animal
Nutrition, Board of Agriculture and
Renewable Resources, Commission on
Natural Resources, National Research
Council. National Academy Press, 1981.
73 p. ISBN 0-309-03136-2; $6.50.
Order from Press, 2101 Constitution
Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418.

Managing Climatic Resources and Risks.
Panel on the Effective Use of Climate
Information in Decision Making, Climate
Board; Assembly of Mathematical and
Physical Sciences, National Research
Council. Washington, D.C. National
Academy Press, 1981. 60 p. Free.
Available from Board, 2101 Constitution
Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418.

Nutritional Energetics of Domestic
Animals and Glossary of Energy Terms.


Second Revised Edition. Subcommittee on
Biological Energy, Committee on Animal
Nutrition, Board on Agriculture and
Renewable Resources, Commission on
Natural Resources, National Research
Council. National Academy Press, 1981.
54 p. ISBN 0-309-03127-3; $4.75. Order
from Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue,
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20418.

Vegetable Farming Systems in China:
Report of the Visit of the Vegetable
Farming System Delegation to China.
Donald L. Plucknett and Holsey L.
Beemer, Jr., eds. Boulder, CO.,
Westview Press, 1981. 397 p. ISBN
0-891158-999-6. $29.75. Order from
Press, 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, O.





ASSOCIATES NAL ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting and luncheon of the
Associates NAL, Inc. will be held
jointly with the Council of Supervisors
of Technical Information Systems on
Thursday, July 9, 1981. The place is
the Holiday Inn in Beltsville, MD at
the intersection of the Capital Beltway
and U.S. 1. The luncheon will begin at
12:00 p.m. and costs $8.00 per person.
Reservations should be made with Tania
Tontarski, Room 302, National Agricul-
tural Library building, Beltsville, MD
20705; telephone: (301) 344-3704. The
program speaker is Glenn Conrad,
Director, Center for Louisiana Studies,
University of Studies, who will speak
on "Green Fields: Two Hundred Years of
Louisiana Sugar." Members of the
Associates and guests are cordially
invited to attend the formal opening of
the exhibit on "Green Fields" at 3:00
p.m. that afternoon in the lobby of the
NAL Building. Q&













Animal Disease Occurrence. Farnham
Royal, England, Commonwealth
Agricultural Bureaux. s.-m. Vol. 1,
1980. SF780.9.A55"

Carcinogenesis. NewYork, IRL Press.
m. Vol. 1, 1980. RC268.5.C38

Environmental Technology Letters. Kew,
England. m. Vol. 1, 1980.
TD1.E59

Energy Research Programs. New York,
Bowker. irr. Ist ed., 1980.
TJ163.165.E5

Fauna Norvegica. Ser. A. Oslo, Norsk
Zoologisk Tidsskriftsentral. q.
Vol. 1, 1980. Q332.768X

Food and Fieldmen. Ames, Iowa.
International Association of Milk, Food
and Environmental Sanitarians. m.
1981. TX501.F65

International Goat and Sheep Research.
Scottsdale, AZ. Dairy Goat Journal
Pub., Co. q. Vol. 1, 1980.
SF380.15

Journal of Muscle Research and Cell
Motility. London, Chapman and Hall.
q. Vol. 1, 1980. QP321.J59

Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Washington, D.C., American Society for
Microbiology. m. Vol. 1, 1981.
QH506.M664

Placenta. Eastbourne, East Sussex,
England. q. Vol. 1, 1980.
QP281.b.P53

Resource Management and Optimization.
Chur, Switzerland, NewYork, Harwood
Academic Publishers. Vol. 1, 1980.
S900.R39


Soviet Scientific Reviews. Section D,
Biology Reviews: Physico-Chemical
Aspects. Chur, Switzerland, NewYork,
Harwood Academic. a. Vol. 1, 1980.
QH301.568.


POCKET COMPUTERS


Pocket-sized, programmable calculators
are being used to evaluate the alter-
atives for reducing soil losses.

In a program developed at Iowa State
University, the calculators are being
used to permit rapid evaluation of
methods and practices that will reduce
soil losses to tolerance levels. The
evaluation includes a cost-return anal-
ysis of "Alternative Tillage Systems"
and permits the farmer to check the ef-
fect of alternative tillage procedures
at the "press of the button."

In addition to considering the impact of
soil losses, the program will also com-
pare the financial return per acre for
various combinations of machinery used
in growing corn or soybeans in particu-
lar, and can be adapted for other crops.
The variable and fixed costs associated
with owning and operating machines are
used in making calculations.

More information on this program is
available from S. Elwynn Taylor, Agron-
omy Department, Iowa State University,
Ames, IA 50011.
-Agricultural Programs Newsletter
No. 5, May 1981. SEA-Extension.
USDA.







NEW
BIBLIOGRAPHIES


An Annotated Bibliography of Greenhouse
Energy Conservation and Management.
Hugh A. Poole and Priscilla A. Grosser.
(Ohio Agricultural Research and Devel-
opment Center. Research Circular No.
262). Wooster, Ohio Agricultural
Research and Development Center.
October 1980. 146 p. 1,373 citations.
Free. Order from: Publisher, U.S. 250
and Ohio South, Wooster, OH 44691. (NAL
call no.: 100 Oh3R).

Bibliografia do Aspargo: Asparagus
officials L.(Asparagus Bibliography:
Asparagus officials L.). Suzana
Sperry. Pelotas, Brazil/EMBRAPA/DID.
1980. 151 p. 554 citations. Price
unavailable. Order from: Publisher,
Edificio Venancio 2000--2 Subsolo,
Caixa Posta, 1316, 70.333--Brasilia--
DF, Brazil. (NAL call no.:
Z5074.J8N3).

Bibliografia de Malva. (Mali.ou
Bibliography). Nazira Leita Nassar.
Brasilia, Brazil, EMBRAPA/DID. 1980.
64 p. 150 citations. Price unavail-
able. Order from: Publisher, Edificio
Venancio 2000-2 Subsolo, Caixa Posta,
1316, 70.333--Brasilia--DF, Brazil.
(NAL call no.: Z5074.J8N32).

Bibliographie uber die
Elektrofischerei, ihre Grundlagen und
die Gefahren des Elektrischen Stromes.
(Bibliography of Electro-Fishing, the
Basis for it, and the Dangers of the
Electric Current). Egon and Inge
Halsband. (Bundesforschungsanstalt fur
Fischerei. Veroffentlichungen des
Instituts fur Kusten-und
Binnenfischerei, No. 69). Hamburg,
Institute fur Kusten-und Binnenfisherei.
1980. 156 p. 320 citations with
abstracts. Price unavailable. Order
from: Publisher, Palmaille 9, 2000
Hamburg 50, Federal Republic of
Germany. (NAL call no.: SH1.B82).


A Bibliography for Small and Organic
Farmers, 1920-78. J. W. Schwartz.
(U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bib-
liographies and Literature of Agricul-
ture, No. 11). Washington, D.C.,
Science and Education Administration.
1981. 237 p. 1,182 citations. Free.
Order from: Publications and Distribu-
tion, SEA--Information Staff, Room 6007
South Building, U.S. Department of Agri-
culture, Washington, D.C. 20250. (NAL
call no.: aZ5076.A1U56).

Capacity-Building (Management Improve-
ment) for Local Governments: An Anno-
tated Bibliography. Beth Walter Honadle.
(Development Research Report, No. 28).
Washington, D.C., Economics and Statis-
tics Service, U.S. Department of Agri-
culture. 1981. 78 p. 162 citations.
Free. Order from: ESS Information,
Room 0054 South Building, U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
20250. (NAL call no.: aHT392.A53).

A Computerized Bibliography of Selected
Sagebrush Species (Genus Artemisia) in
Western North American. Roy 0. Harniss,
Stephen J. Harvey, and Robert B. Murray.
(USDA Forest Service General Technical
Report INT-102). Ogden, Intermountain
Forest and Range Experiment Station.
February 1981. 107 p. 1,489 citations.
Free. Order from: Publisher, Ogden, UT
84401. (NAL call no.: aSD11.A48).

Decentralized Energy Studies: Bibliog-
raphy. James M. Ohi, Charles T. Unsold,
Alice Levine, and Jo Ann Silversmith.
(U.S. Department of Energy, Solar En-
ergy Research Institute. SERI/RR-744-
448). Golden, Colorado, Solar Energy
Research Institute. May 198.0. 51 p.
Approx. 700 citations. Price $5.25.
Order from: National Technical Infor-
mation Service, U.S. Department of Com-
merce, 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield,
VA 22161. (NAL call no.: TJ163.17.D4).







NEW
BIBLIOGRAPHIES


Drought in the Great Plains: A
Bibliography. Donald A. Wilhite and
Richard 0. Hoffman. (Nebraska
Agricultural Experiment Station.
Miscellaneous Publication, No. 39).
Lincoln, Nebraska, Agricultural
Experiment Station, University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. 1980. 75 p.
1,383 citations. Free. Order from:
Publisher, Lincoln, NE 68503. (NAL
call no.: 100N27M).

The Effeets of Fire and Other
Disturbances on Small Mammvals and Their
Predators: An Annotated Bibliography.
Catherine Ni. Ream. (USDA Forest
Service General Technical Report
INT-106). Ogden, Intermountain Forest
and Range Experiment Station. March
1981. 55 p. 237 citations. Free.
Order from: Publisher, Ogden, UT
84401. (NAL call no.: aSD11.A48).

Food Bibliography: References to
Reports and Other Documents Issued by
the U.S. General Accounting Office,
January 1977-Deeember 1979.
(CED-80-97). Washington, D.C., U.S.
General Accounting Office. June 1980.
206 p. Approx. 435 citations with
abstracts. Free. Order from: GAO
DHISF, Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD
20760. (NAL call no.: Z7914.F63F6).

Geneticheakie Osnovy Selektsii
Sel'skokhosiaistvennoi Ptstsy:
Bibliografichelkii Ukazatel'...za
1974-1977 gg. v Kolichestve 1111
AZavanii (Genetic Principles of Farm
Poultry Selection: Bibliographic Guide
to Domestic and Foreign Literature for
1974-1977 totalling 1111 Titles). G.
F. Todoshchenko and L. A. Besulina.
Khar'kov, IUzhnoe otdelenie VASKhNIL,
Nauchnaia Biblioteka Ukrainskogo
Nauchno-lssledovatel'skogo Instituta
Ptitsevodstva. 1980. 108 p. 1111
annotated citations. Price
unavailable.


Inputs Used in U.S. Farm Production: A
Bibliography of Selected Economic
Studies, 1950-80. Thomas Spinks and
Dale C. Dahl. (U.S. Department of
Agriculture. Bibliographies and Liter-
ature of Agriculture, No. 19). Wash-
ington, D.C., National Economics Divi-
sion, Economics and Statistics Service,
U.S. Department of Agriculture. 1981.
162. p. Approx. 1,620 citations. Free.
Order from: ESS Information, Room 0054
South Building, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.
(NAL call no.: aZ5076.A1U56).

Julkaisut 1979. Metsantutkimuslaitos
(Abstracts of Publications, 1979. The
Finnish Forest Research Institute).
S. Oja. (Folia Forestalia, No. 435).
Helsinki, Metsantutkimuslaitos. 1980.
20 p. 59 citations including English
summaries. Price unavailable. Order
from: Government Printing Centre,
Marketing Department, P.O. Box 516,
SF-00101 Helsinki 10, Finland. (NAL
call no.: 99.8 F713).

Kompleksnve Udobreniia i Ikh Primemenie
v SSSR i za Rubezhom: Ukazatel'
Literature za 1974-1979 gg...(Combined
Fertilizers and Their Use in the USSR
and Abroad: Literature Guide for 1974-
1979, 566 Domestic Titles, 223 Foreign
Titles). L. V. Chernova. Moskva,
TsNSKhB VASKhNIL. 1980. 125 p. 789
annotated citations. Price unavailable.

Pinus radiata: A Bibliography.
Supplement for 1973-75. Marie Sweet.
(Commonwealth Scientifica and Industrial
Research Organization. Division of
Forest Research. Divisional Report, No.
4). Canberra, Australia, Division of
Forest Research, Comnmonwealth Scientific
and Industrial Research Organization.
1980. 112 p. Approx. 850 citations.
Price unavailable. Order from: CSIRO
Division of Forest Research, P.O. 4008,
Canberra, A.C.T., 2600 Australia. (NAL
call no.: SD110,C63). Q&







QUICK BIBLIOGRAPW SERIES


The bibliographies in this series are
primarily computerized online or batch
ibliographies emanat ing from searches
performed by the-TIS Reference Staff
in response to customer requests.
Searches are selected for inclusion
based on the currency of the topic,
interest among clientele, relative
length (approximately 150 citations or
more) and probable value to a larger
audience. All titles in this series
will be listed for six months.
Revisions or updates will be re-
numbered and reannounced. Only one
copy of a title will be sent; however,
requestors may make copies. To
request a copy of a Quick Bibliography
send the title, series number, and a
return addressed label to:
Reference Branch
Technical Information Systems, SEA,
USDA
NAL Bldg., Room 302
Beltsville, MD 20705

NAL--BIBL.--81-01. Amaranthus:
Promising ewu Crop, 1976-1980. 170
citations from AGRICOLA. Search by
Jayne T. MacLean. January 1980.

NAL-BIBL.-81-02. Foliar Fertilisa-
tion of Crop Plants, 1969-1980. 267
citations from AGRICOLA. Search by
Jayne T. MacLean. January 1980.

NAL-BIBL.--81-03. Ginseng, 1970-
February 1981. 194 citations from
AGRICOLA. Search by Jerry Rafats.
March 1981.

NAL-BIBL.--81-04. Nitrogen Fixation
in Soybeans, 1975-1980. 130 cita-
tions from AGRIOaLA. Search by Jayne
T. MacLean. March 1981.

NAL-BIBL.-81.06. Atlelopathy: The
Harmful Effects of Chemicals Produced
by One Plant Upon Another, 1978-1980.
71 citations from AGRICOLA. Search
by Henry Gilbert. March 1981.

NAL-BIBL.--81-07. Agroforestry and
Fami Woodlots, 1969-1981. 208
citations from AGRIOOLA. Search by
Charles N. Bebee. March 1981


NAL-B I BL.--81-08. Transportation of
Commodities, 1976-Jmanary 1981. 242
citations from AGRICOLA. Search by
Charles N. Bebee. March 1981.

NAL--BI BL.--81-09. Guayule, 1969-Ma*nk
1981. 54 citations from AGRICOLA.
Search by J. Rafats. April 1981.

NAL-BIBL.-81-10. Wind Erosion and It&
Control, 1969-Feb. 1981. 229 cita-
tions from AGRICOLA. Search by
Charles N. Bebee. April 1981.

NAL--BIBL.-81-11. Erosion of Slopes
and Gullies, 1969-1980. 129 cita-
tions from AGRIOOLA. Search by
Charles N. Bebee. April 1981. Q&


Clearances have been given to USDA
authors to compile or publish the titles
listed below. These titles have not
been published as yet and therefore, are
not available for distribution. Upon
publication, they will be cited in the
*New Bibliographiesm or ONew
Publications of Note' column of this
publication.

An Annotated Bibliography of Oak Wilt
Caused by Artoustia Fagacearma. Robert
L. Anderson, William L. MacDonald, Paul
A. Mistretta, and Robert Lewis, Jr.
Formerly announced as A Bibliography on
Live Oak Decline (Artocustia Fagepeecsnl.
For further information contact: Paul
A. Mistretta, Alexandria FPM,
Southeastern Area, State and Private
Forestry, U.S.F.S.IUSDA, 2500
Shreveport Highway, Pineville, LA
71360.

Recent Developmenta in Agriultumal
Trade Modeling in the United States.
Robert L. Thompson. For information
contact: Thomas McDonald, ESS Rom
1664-S, USDA, Washington, D.C. 20250. GD


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(BIOSIS, Continued from p. 9)
Titles selected for issuance in July
are:

Allergy and Antiallergy
Biochemistry of Fermented Foods
Biological Clocks
Cancer Immunology
Endorphins
Geriatric Pharmacology
Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
Immunochemical Methods
Interferon
Mammalian Birth Defects
Pediatric Pharmacology
Plant Genetics
Schizophrenia
Transplanation
-Bioscene 10:2, April 1981 LI


August 2-5: Soil Conservation Society
of America, 36th Annual Meeting.
Spokane, WA. Contact: SCSA, 7515
Northeast Ankeny Road, Ankeny, Iowa
50021.

August 2-6: American Phytopathological
Society. New Orleans, LA. Contact:
SCSA, 7515 Northeast Ankeny Road,
Ankeny, Iowa 50021.

August 11-13: Cereals, A Renewable
Resource: Theory and Practice. An
International Symposium. Copenhagen,
Denmark. Contact: Mrs. Ruth Nelson,
American Association of Cereal Chem-
ists, 3340 Pilot Knob Road, St. Paul,
MN 55121. (612) 454-7250.

August 16-21: International Cor'7ress
on Nutrition. XII. San Diego, CA.
Contact: Administrative Secretariat,


XII International Congress on Nutrition,
1629 K Street, N.W., Suite 706,
Washington, D.C. 20006.

September 6-17: XVII IUFRO
(International Union of Forestry
Research Organisations) World Congress.
Kyoto, Japan. Contact: Secretariat,
XVII IUFRO World Congress, P.O. Box 16,
Tsukuba Norin Kenkyudanchi-nai, Ibaraki
305, Japan.

October 25-30: American Society for
Information Science, 44th Annual
Meeting. Washington, D.C. Contact:
Carol Wasserman, ASIS '81 Public
Relations Committee, 1010 16th Street,
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

November 2-5: USDA Outlook Conference.
Washington, D.C. Contact: Sally
Michael, WFAOSB, Rm. 3510 So. Agri.
Bldg., U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Washington, D.C. 20250.

November 8-11: National Association of
State Universities and Land-Grant Col-
leges. Contact: Ruth N. Smith, Suite
710, 1 Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.
20036. Tel: (202) 293-7120.

November 9-12: National Extension
Wildlife and Fisheries Workshop. Baton
Rouge, LA. Contact: James E. Miller,
Program Leader, Fish & Wildlife, Natural
Resources Unit, SEA-Ext., Room 5925
South Bldg., Washington, D.C. 20250.
Tel: (202) 447-7947 or James Fowler,
Ext. Wildlife Specialist, Louisiana
State University, Cooperative Extension
Service, Knapp Hall, Baton Rouge, LA
70805. Tel: (504) 388-4141.

November 15-18: Research for Small
Farms. Beltsville Agricultural Research
Center, Science and Education Adminis-
tration, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture,
Beltsville, MD. Contact: Special
Symposium Office, Room 230, Bldg., 003,
BARC-West, USDA, Beltsville, MD 20705.
(301) 344-3087.





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December 8-10: 'Fifth International On-
Line Information Meeting. London,
England. Contact: Organizing Secre-
tary, Online Information Meetings,
Online Review, Learned Information,
Besselsleigh Road, Abingdon, Oxford OX
13 6LG, England. Tel: 0865-730275.
Telex: 837704.

1982

February 2-6: International Conference
on Chemistry and World Food Supplies--
The New Frontier (CHEMRAWN II).
Manila, Philippines. Contact: Joyce
Torio, CHEMRAWL II Coordinating Office,
International Food Policy Research
Institute, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue,
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036.

February 8-12: International Society
for Human and Animal Mycology. VIllth
Congress. Palmerston, N.Z. Contact:
Secretariat, Massey University,
University of Extension, P.O. Box 63,
Palmerston, New Zealand.

March 1-6: State 4-H and Home
Economies Leaders' Workshop. Chevy
Chase, MD. National 4-H Center.
Contact: Opal Mann or Eleanor Wilson,
SEA/Extension, Room 5407, So. Agri.
Bldg., Washington, D.C. Tel: (202)
447-2908.

May 23-29: International Symposium on
Dietary Fibre in Human and Animal
Nutrition. Palmerston, N.Z. Contact:
Secretariat, Massey University, P.O.
Box 63, Palmerston, New Zealand.

August 7-14: International Congress of
Parasitology. 5th. Toronto, Canada.
Contact: Secretariat, ICOPA V, Dept.
of Zoology, University of Toronto,
Toronto, Canada. M5S 1A1. C&


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nology) are offered for cost of
moving and/or shipping. The col-
lection fills nine large cartons
and date mostly from the 1940's and
50's. They are not in mint conditite-e
If interested, please contact Herbert
Joseph Putz, 1812 East 32nd Street,
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