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A u3I I FORMATION
DOCUMENT DELIVERY FRI
FINAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY
Chief, Lending Branch
TIS/SEA, NAL Building
Beltsville, Maryland 20705
The world's largest collection of printed materials on agriculture and related
sciences, 1.6 million volumes, is housed in the National Agricultural Library
Building. About 50,000 volumes are rarities published before the founding of the
land-grant universities. Many periodicals and books are from foreign countries
and represent the world's research in agriculture and applied biological sciences.
These collections of foreign materials were to a great degree obtained on exchange
for USDA publications and are not represented at all in any other U.S. library.
In many cases, the National Agricultural Library holds copies of publications
which have become rare or non-existent in the countries of origin because of poor
storage conditions, war-time losses, and the poor quality of original papers in
Because the land-grant libraries
and the Library of Congress are
responsible for all subject areas
none has developed the kind of
collections the National Agricul-
tural Library has developed in
agriculture and pure and applied
biological sciences, and although
the collections may overlap in
some very general areas, and
although some specialized collec-
tions scattered around the U.S.
may overlap to a narrow degree,
no other library in the U.S.,
or probably the world, has all of
the scope and depth of materials
held by NAL. In a sense the
entire NAL collection is rare,
and it contains the single most
important body of knowledge in
Users request assistance in locating
documents from the Lending Desk
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
SCIENCE AND EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
US. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
VOL. 7, NO. 3 MARCH 1981
BELTSVILLE, MARYLAND 20705
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the agricultural and related sciences, upon which our civilization is based,
without which it could not continue to exist, and upon which the future may
depend. To a great degree the future depends on this stored knowledge to find
means to overcome energy, environmental, resource, food and nutrition, and other
The Lending Branch of the National Agricultural Library/Technical Information
Systems has the responsibility to supply documents from the NAL collections to
USDA personnel and to libraries throughout the USA and the world. Since the
information in these documents is needed to assist in scientific research,
provision of them in their most usable format and rapid delivery are crucial to an
efficient document delivery service. The Lending Branch loaned or photocopied (in
lieu of loan) more than 180,000 items from its collections in 1980 and considers
the service efficient if 80% of the requested items are processed and on their way
in 5 or less working days from the time of the initial receipt of the request.
Considerable effort is put into achieving this goal.
FY 1979 FY 1980
June 68.7% Requests completed June 80.8% Requests completed
July 68.8% in 5 or less work- July 86.1% in 5 or less work-
August 54.4% ing days August 83.0% ing days
3 months average: 63.7% 3 months average: 83.3%
It should be noted, particularly that there were 3,500 more requests handled in
FY80 than in FY79 and with less manpower.
MECHANISMS FOR SERVICE
Even less manpower is now a Presidential mandate and the goal becomes still harder
to attain. Service institutions are forced to find unusual ways of maintaining
quality service to the public. The Lending Branch uses several mechanisms in an
attempt to counteract the effects of a diminishing work force; a breakdown in the
delivery of documents creates a massive impediment to the scientific research
process in this country. A notable example of one such mechanism is Lhe Regional
Document Delivery System. For five years land-grant university libraries have
participated with the USDA and the National Agricultural Library to provide
document delivery service to USDA personnel in their states and regions. USDA
employees in the states with service send their requests for photocopy or loans
directly to the Land-Grant University Library within their state. The Land-Grant
Library completes the requests whenever possible and sends the materials to the
requestor. The National Agricultural Library reimburses the cooperating
institutions. The total number of participating Land-Grant Libraries in the
system is now 28. Another mechanism has been very recently initiated to sustain
rapid delivery of photocopied articles. The Photoduplication Lab of NAL/TIS
responds to requests from the U.S. and abroad for copies of journal articles held
in the NAL collection. It is the heart of document delivery service to the
agricultural research community. By August of 1980, the staff of the
Photoduplication Lab, through cuts and freezes had dwindled to 50 manhours per
week while the number of requests to be processed continued at the same rate. The
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backlog was horrendous. As a result a contract was let, shifting the
photoduplication process from NAL staff to the contracting personnel. The
contractor is required to provide photocopy within 24 hours of receipt of the
article to be copied and can duplicate in electrostatic, microfilm, or
microfiche form. (And from time to time evaluation cards will be included with the
copy requesting that the user indicate by completing and returning the card how
satisfactory the quality of the service is.) This arrangement began on February
The services of the Lending Branch are
extended to USDA employees who may
submit requests in person, by mail,
telephone (301-344-3755) or TWX
(710-828-0506 USDA, NAL). Mail requests
should be submitted on Form AD-245(5/78)
"Request for Publication" and a supply
of these forms may be ordered from USDA
Plant and Operations, Central Supply
Branch, 3702 Ironwood Place, Landover,
Maryland 20785. Current Awareness
Literature Search (CALS) printouts are
also accepted but an individual printout
page must be sent for each citation Locating document sources
requested. USDA employees in states via OCLC database
participating in the Regional Document USDA Photo
Delivery System should submit their
requests through their state land-grant institution. Other employees should
address request forms to SEA/Technical Information Systems, National Agricultural
Library Building, Lending Branch, Beltsville, Maryland 20705.
NAL also serves non-USDA employees; individuals must arrange for loan through
their nearest library but photocopy requests may, if desired, be sent direct to
the Library on USDA Form LF-607, "Request for Photocopying Service." A supply of
LF-607's may be requested in advance from the NAL and written signature is
required on each form before processing. Requests for photocopy cannot be
processed without a statement that the request complies with copyright regulations
or is for research use only. Requests from libraries may be submitted by mail or
TWX (710-828-0506 USDA, NAL). Mail requests should be submitted on the American
Library Association or the International Federated Library Association Interlibrary,
form. Requests for photocopy cannot be processed without a statement that the
request complies with copyright regulations.
The Lending Branch of NAL strives to insure that the Library is seen as a
responsive institution providing a service worthy of a national library. It will
continue to search for solutions to the problem of providing the public the
service which is their right in the light of the very real difficulties created by
every decreasing manpower. IS
*Mrs. Kennedy transferred December 30, 1980 to the office of the Secretary, U.S.
Department of the Interior. Inquiries concerning services described in this
article should be addressed to Jennie Brogdon, Head, Utilization Services at the
above address. Telephone (301) 344-3762.
CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
Senate Committee on Agriculture. Nutrition, and Forestry: Helms (NC),
Chairman; Dole (KS); PHayakawa (HI); Lugar (IN); Cochran (MS); Boschwitz
(MN); Jepsen (IA); Hawkins (FL); and Andrews (ND) majority members.
Minority members: Huddleston (KY); Leahy (VT); Zorinsky (NE); Melcher
(MN); Pryor (AR); Boren (OK); Dixon (IL); and Heflin (AL).
Subcommittee on Agricultural Research and General Legislation: Lugar
(Chairman), Dole, Hayakawa, Boschwitz, Andrews (Majority); and Boren,
Huddleston, Pryor, and Heflin (Minority).
Senate Committee on Appropriations: Hatfield (OR), Chairman; Stevens
(AK); Weicker (CT); McClure (ID); Laxalt (NV); Garn (UT); Schmitt (NM);
Cochran (MS); Andrews (NID); Abdnor (SD); Kasten CWI); D'Amato M17);
Mattingly (GA); Rudman (NH); and Specter (PA), majority members. Minority
members: Proxmire (W0); Stennis (MS); Robert C. Byrd (1W); Inouye (HI);
Hollings (SC); Eagleton (MO); Chiles (FL); Johnston (LA); Huddleston (KY);
Burdick (ND); Leahy (VT); Sasser (TN); DeConcini (AZ); and Bumpers (AR).
House Committee on Agriculture: de la Garza (TX), Chairman; Foley (WA);
Jones (NC); Jones (TN); Brown (CA) ; Bowen 0(.S); Rose (NC) ; Richmond (NY);
Weaver (OR); Harkin (IA); Bedell (IA); English (OK); Fithian (IN); Panetta
(CA); Huckaby (LA); Glickman (KS); Whitley (NC); Coelho (CA); Daschle
(SD); Anthony (AR); Stenholm (TX); Volkmer (0MO); Dorgan (ND); and Hatcher
(GA), majority members. Minority members: Wampler (VA); Findley (IL);
Jeffords (VT); Hagedorn (MN); Coleman (MO); Marlenee (CT); Thomas (CA);
Hansen (ID); Stangeland (MN); Roberts (KS); Emerson (MO); Napier (SC);
Skeen (NM); Morrison (WA); Roberts (SD); Gunderson 0VI); Evans (IA); and
House Committee on Appropriations: Whitten (1IS), Chairman; Boland (MA);
Natcher (KY); Smith (IA); Addabbo (NY); Long (OD); Yates (IL); Obey (WI);
Roybal (CA); Stokes (OH); Bevill (AL); Chappell (FL); Alexander (AR);
Murtha (PA); Traxler (MI); Early (MA); Wilson (TX); Boggs (LA); Benjamin
(IN); Dicks QVA); McHugh (NY); Ginn (GA); Lehman (FL); Hightower (TX);
Sabo (MN); Dixon (CA); Fazio (CA); Hefner (NC); AuCoin (OR); Akaka (HI);
Watkins (OK); Gray (PA); and Dwyer (NJ), majority members. Minority
members: Conte (MA); Michel (IL); McDade (PA); Edwards (AL); Myers (IN);
Robinson (VA); Miller (OH); Coughlin (PA); Young (FL); Kemp (NY); Regula
(OH); Burgener (CA); OBrien (IL); Smith (NE); Rudd (AZ); Pursell C 11);
Edwards (OK); Livingston (LA); Green (NY; Loeffler (TX); Lewis (CA);
Campbell (SC); and Porter (IL).
Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies:
Whitten (Chairman), Traxler, Alexander, McHugh, Natcher, Hightower,
Akaka, Watkins (majority); and Smith, Robinson, Myers, and Lewis (Minority). CQ
AGRICOLA, CRIS, and CALLS CNLINE
The Technical Information Systems,
Science and Education Administration
is sponsoring several more five-day
intensive introductory workshops during
1981. These workshops are designed to
train librarians and information
specialists in the efficient use of
TIS's information systems and services,
specifically CRIS, AGRICOLA, and CALS.
Charles Gilreath, author of the
AGRICOLA USER'S GUIDE, will conduct and
teach the classes, with the assistance
of TIS and local staff.
The workshops will emphasize online
access to the CRIS (current research
information) and AGRICOLA (agricultural
literature) data bases, as well as the
provision of CALS (current awareness
literature service). The topics
covered will include online systems
access, Boolean logic, search strategy
formulation, efficient search
techniques, and basic proficiency in
the searching of CRIS and AGRICOLA, as
well as profiling experience for the
provision of CALS service. The
seminars are designed to provide an
overview of TIS services and an
introduction to information retrieval
through the AGRICOLA, CRIS and CALS.
The workshops will be held at the
following dates and locations:
May 11-15, 1981
Western Illinois University
Agricultural Library, Morgan Hall
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee C&
TIS IN PRINT
AGRIOLA. Jeffrey R. Peters.
Database, March 1981, 13-27.
AGRICOLA Today. John Forbes.
International Forum on Information
and Documentation, 5(3) July 1980,
Characterization of Databases in the
Agricultural Sciences. Rose Mary
Juliano Longo and Ubaldino Dantas
Machado. Journal of the American
Society for Information Science. 32(2)
March 1981, 83-91.
Information Resources for Food
Science and Human Nutrition. Robyn
Frank. Journal of the NAL
Associates, 5(1/2) January/June
The National Program to Microfilm
Land-Grant Agricultural Documents.
Sarah A. Garrett and Arlene E.
Luchsinger. College & Research
Libraries. November 1980, 510-513. CS
Alcohol and Vegetable Oil as
Three farm fuel workshops will be held
at Raleigh, North Carolina, April 7-9;
Sacramento, California, April 21-23,
and Peoria, Illinois, April 28-30.
Registration will be on a first come,
first served basis.
More information on the workshops on
making and using "Alcohol and Vegetable
Oils as Alternate Fuels" is available
from Extension agricultural engineers
in charge of the workshops:
John W. Glover, N.C. State University,
Raleigh 27607. Telephone,919/737-2675.
Robert G. Curley, Univ. of California,
Davis 95616. Telephone,916/752-1612.
Donald G. Jedele, Univ. of Illinois,
Urbana 61801. Telephone,217/333-2611, q9
NEW PUBLICATIONS NOTE
Fact Book of U.S. Agriculture.
(Washington, D.C., U.S. Dept.of
Agriculture 1980) 127 p. (Miscel-
laneous Publication No. 1063) $4.00
Stock no. 001-000-04195-9. Order
Superintendent of Documents, U.S.
Government Printing Office,
Washington, D.C. 20402.
Fewer, Larger U.S. Farms by Year
2000--and Some Consequences. Thomas
McDonald and George Coffman.
Washington, D.C., U.S. Dept. of
Agriculture, 1980. 20 p. (ESS
Agricultural Information Bulletin No.
439) Free. Request from ESS, USDA,
440-GHI Bldg., 500 Twelfth St.,
Washington, D.C. 20250.
Livestock Wastes: A Renewable
Resource. Proceedings of the Fourth
International Symposium on Livestock
Wastes, Amarillo, Texas, April 15-17,
1980. St. Joseph, MI, American
Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1981.
450 p. $49.50. Order from ASAE, P.O.
Box 410, St. Joseph, MI 49085.
Protein Deposition in Animals. P.J.
Buttery and D.B. Lindsay. London,
Butterworths, 1980. 305 p. $64.95.
ISBN 0- 408-10676X. Order from
Rebirth of Rural America: Rural
Migration in the Midwest. Andrew
Sofranko and James Williams. Ames,
IA, North Central Regional Center for
Rural Development, 1980. Single cop-
ies available free upon request. Order
from the Center, 108 Curtiss Hall,
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
State Science in Illinois--The Scien-
tific Surveys, 1850-1978. Robert G.
Hayes. Carbondale, IL., Southern
Illinois University Press, 1980.
Order from publisher, P.O. Box 3697,
Carbondale, IL 60901. &
The 1980 U.S.D.A. Yearbook of Agriculture,
"Cutting Energy Costs," was released
The book is designed to help bring down
energy costs of farmers, foresters,
homemakers, communities and the food
Copies of "Cutting Energy Costs" may
be purchased from the Superintendent of
Documents, Washington, D.C. 20402, or at
U.S. government book stores located in a
number of cities. The cost is $9.50.
Members of Congress have limited allot-
ments of the book for free distribution
to constituents. USDA has no copies for
Clearance has been granted to USDA
authors to compile or publish the
Selecting Bibliography on Insects
Causing Wood Defects in Living Eastern
Hardwood Trees. C. John Hay and J.D.
Solomon. For information contact:
Publication Group, Office of
Information, U.S. Forest Service, Room
3242 South Building, U.S. Dept. of
Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.
Urban Forestry Bibliography. George
Hopkins Stauffer. For Information
contact: Compiler, Research Associate,
School of Forestry, College of
Environmental Science and Forestry,
State University of New York, Syracuse,
New York 13210. Co
Annotated Bibliography and Index to the
New Zealand Wetas (Orthoptera:
Stenopelmatidae, Rhaphidophoridae). G.
W. Ramay. Wellington, New Zealand
Dept. of Scientific and Industrial
Research. 1979. 56 p. (DSIR
Information Series No. 144). 262
citations. Price unavailable. (NAL
call no: 464.9 N48 No. 144).
Annotated Bibliography of the
Screwworm, Cochliomyia hominivorax
(Coquerel). New Orleans, U.S. Dept. of
Agriculture, Science and Education
Administration (1981) 32 p.
(Agricultural Reviews and Manuals,
ARM-S-14/january 1981). 621 citations.
Order from Southeastern Fruit and Tree
Nut Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 87,
Byron, GA. 31008.
Aquatic Classification Systems of
Rivers, Streams, and Freshwater Lakes:
Bibliography with Abstracts. M. Betty
Sierk. Washington, D.C., Watershed
Management, Forest Service, USDA. July
1979. 41 p. Approx. 95 citations. Order
from: Publisher, Rosslyn Plaza,
Building E, Rosslyn, VA. 22209. Free.
(NAL call no: aZ5322.F7S5).
Avian Tumors and Tumor Viruses. East
Lansing, Michigan, U.S. Dept. of
Agriculture, Regional Poultry Research
Laboratory. December 1980. 10 p. 91
citations. Order from: Publisher, 3606
East Mount Hope Road, East Lansing, MI
The Economics of Agricultural Pest
Control: An Annotated Bibliography,
1960-80. Craig D. Osteen, Edward B.
Bradley, L. Joe Moffitt. Washington,
D.C., Economics and Statistics Service,
U.S. Dept. of Agricuture, January 1981.
53 p. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
Bibliographies and Literature of
Agriculture, No. 14). 123 citations.
Order from: ESS Information
Staff, Room 0054 South Building, U.S.
Dept. of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
Hail: Meterology, Damage, Prevention,
and Forecasting, 1964-March 1979: A
Bibliography with Abstracts. Robena J.
Brown. (NTIS/PS-79/0309). Springfield,
VA., National Technical Information
Service. 1979. 2 volumes, 4 fiche.
Order from: Publisher, U.S. Dept. of
Commerce, 5285 Port Royal Road,
Springfield, VA 22161. (NAL: Fiche
Kerbau: Sebuah Bibliografi (Buffalo: A
Bibliography). Serdang, Selangor,
Perpustakaan, Universiti Pertanian,
Malaysia. 1979. 67 p. 1,026 citations.
Price unavailable. (NAL call no:
Williamette Spring Chinook Salmon Adults
Bibliography. Eugene M. Smith.
Corvallis, Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife, Research and Development
Section. May 1980. 10 p. (Information
Report Series, Fisheries, No. 80-3).
Approx. 126 citations. Order from:
Publisher, P.O. Box 3503, Portland,
Oregon 97208. Price unavailable. (NAL
call no: SHI.155 No. 80-3).
Women and Development: A Select
Bibliography. Elize Moody. Pretoria,
South Africa, Africa Institute of South
Africa. 1979. 28 p. (Occasional Paper
of the Africa Institute, No. 43). 338
citations. Order from: Publisher, P.O.
Box 630, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa.
Price RI.20. (NAL call no. Z7961.M66).C9
May 3-10: American Association of
Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, Inc.
Annual Meeting. San Francisco, Calif.
Contact: Hadley Osborn, Director,
Filoli Center, Canada Rd., Woodside,
CA 94062. Telephone: (415) 364-8300.
May 5-8: Horticultural Libraries.
13th Annual Meeting. San Francisco,
Calif. Contact: Jane Gates, Librn.,
Strybing Arboretumn Society, 9th Avenue
at Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA
94122. Telephone: (415) 661-1316.
May 28-29: Seminar on the Economies of
Secondary Information. Atlanta, Ga.
Atlanta Hilton. Contact: NFAIS, 112
South 16th St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.
May 31-June 4: Amerian Society of
Biological Chemists. St. Louis, Mo.
Contact: S.K. Herlitz Inc., 850 Third
Ave., New York, NY 10022.
June 14-19: American Society for
Photobiology. 9th Annual Scientific
Meeting. Williamsburg, Va. Contact:
Richard J. Burk, Jr., 4720 Montgomery
Lane, Suite 506, Bethesda, MD 20014.
June 15-24: XIV International
Grassland Congress. University of
Kentucky, Lexington, Ky. Contact:
John E. Baylor, Agricultural Science
Center, University of Kentucky,
Lexington, KY 40546.
June 18-22: American Association of
Nursermanm. Cincinnati, Ohio. Con-
tact: Robert F. Lederer, 230 Southern
Building, Washington, D.C. 20005.
June 21-26: International Symposium
on Flavine and Flavoproteins. 7th.
Ann Arbor, Mich. Contact: Vincent
Massey, Dept. of Biological Chemistry,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
June 19: USDA Agency Field Libraries
Meeting. Atlanta, Ga. Contact:
Leila Moran, Educational Resources
Div., TISISEAJUSDA, NAL Bldg.,
Beltsville, MD 20760. Telephone:
July 13-17: Conference on Food
Microbiology. Society for Applied
Microbiology. Bristol, U.K. Contact:
R.W.A. Park, Microbiology Dept.
University of Reading, London Road,
Reading, England RG1 SMQ.
July 26-30: American Society of Anisdma
Science. North Carolina State Univer-i
sity, Raleigh, N.C. Contact: David C. I
England, Oregon State University,
Animal Science Department, Corvallis,
August 2-6: American Phytopatholagimawl
Society. New Orleans, La. Contact:
R. J. Tarleton, APS, 3340 Pilot Knob
Rd., St. Paul, MA 55121.
August 16-21: International Congreus
on Nutrition. XII. San Diego, Calif.
Contact: Admininistrative Secretariat,
XII. Int'l. Congress on Nutrition, 1629
K St., N.W., Suite 706, Washingtoe,
D.C. 20006.4 i
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