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r AGRIULTUR AL
HUME LIBRARY LIBRARIES
FEB 20 i9INF RMATION
.I E AS lniv. of Florida NOTES
AID-UPDATE SERVICE TO DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
by Harry Dewey, NAL-AID Liaison Officer
National Agricultural Library Building
Beltsville, MD (301) 344-3705
A plan for offering SDI (Selective Dissemination of Information) to developing
countries was implemented November 1979 with the establishment in the National
Agricultural Library Building of a service known as AID-UPDATE. Working under a
contract funded by the Agency for International Development (AID), the author set
up procedures for offering to AID personnel the same Current Awareness Literature
Service (CALS) that had been available for ten years to U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture (USDA) scientists and other personnel.
USDA's CALS is a Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) service developed by
Hilary Burton, Leader, Systems Information Services, TIS, in the early 1970's for
the Agricultural Research Service and incorporated into the USDA's Technical Infor-
mation Systems (successor to the National Agricultural Library) in 1979. Lida
Allen, Director of the Office of Development Information and Utilization, AID,
perceived CALS service as an effective means of bringing new agricultural research
to the attention of AID personnel in developing countries. Funds were dedicated
for the NAL-AID Liaison Office and its AID-UPDATE activities.
Most of the requests for SDI service
are purely agricultural, and the nine
data bases used in CALS are more than
adequate for this purpose. They are:
AGRICOLA (formerly CAIN)
Biological Abstracts (two data bases)
Commonwealth AgriLeutural Bureaux (CAB)
Food Scioence and Taohnology Abstracts
National Technical Information Service
World Textile Abstracts (WTA)
All searches are put into AGRICOLA, and
many also into Biological Abstracts or
CAB, or both. Pest management problems
invite use of Chemical Abstracts.
Engineering Index is useful for energy
and agricultural engineering. NTIS is
useful for a variety of technical
searches. FSTA and WTA are used as
their names would indicate.
SDI service is sought commercially
from data bases not available through
CALS. Among those used are CRIS, MED-
LARS, Tropical Agriculture, Smithsonian
Science Information Exchange (SSIE),
Enviroline, EnergyZine, ERIC, Library
and Information Science Abstracts
(LISA), and others.
(AID, Continued on p. 2)
XSNICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
C. .CAND EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
.LS. DE.ARiMENT OF AGRICULTURE
VOL. 7. NO. 1, JANUARY 1981
BELTSVILLE, MARYLAND 20705
(AID, Continued from p. 1)
Retrospective online and/or offline
searches frequently precede formulation
of the final SDI profile. These are
usually sent to the SDI requester after
being analyzed for the contributions to
improved terminology and strategy that
prompted their execution.
From the beginning, document delivery
was seen as an element critical to the
success of the project. The initial
plan provided that CALS searches go to
requesters, who would then review the
citations and be able to ask for and
receive copies of the documents they
required. A substantial portion of the
funds was set aside for photocopying.
Detailed procedures have been worked
out to augment the initial plan. The
recipient of the SDI search is per-
mitted to return the search, indicating
on it by checkmarks the citations he
wants photocopied, signing it, and mail-
ing it back to AID-UPDATE. These
photocopy requests are processed
daily. Promptness in the handling of
photocopy requests is the principal way
of being supportive of the users of the
service and procedures have been geared
to achieving speedy document delivery.
In spite of this goal, delays
The first group of delays (those
occurring during the processing of
orders by AID-UPDATE staff) is repre-
sented by document requests submitted
without NAL call numbers. These must
be looked up individually. Many
documents turn out not to be owned by
Technical Information Systems and
orders must be placed for photocopies
and interlibrary loans with libraries,
publishers, and other suppliers. When-
ever photocopies are not available
through TIS, the order is diverted to a
"Delay" category, the requester is
notified of the source from which the
documents are to be expected, and the
effort to obtain the document through
alternative sources gets under way. In
cases where the alternative procedure
(interlibrary loan, for example) is
routinized, a document may arrive as
promptly as a photocopy would have.
One of the most common reasons for
invoking alternative procedures is the
need to avoid copyright infringement.
Where purchase of the document is the
only alternative, budget problems
necessitate seeking a letter from the
requester justifying his need. For
example, (if photocopies are not
available from TIS), we make an effort
to provide documents originally
published overseas in the country from
which the request is received, only
after requesting a letter of
justification from the requester.
A second group of opportunities for
delay presents itself after requests
are turned over to the TIS Lending
Branch (for the pulling of the volumes
from the stack and the actual photo-
copying). The most common of these is
represented by the "not-on-shelf" prob-
lem, familiar to all librarians,
except the legendary nineteenth
century Harvard librarian who gloried
in the excellent health of his library
("only one book is out and I'm on my
way to retrieve it"). "Not-on-shelf"
requires facing the choice of waiting a
few days for a magic reappearance or
instigating immediate efforts to
obtain the document from another
library. Fragile documents and those
bound too tightly to permit photo-
copying account for other delays.
Still others are represented by errors
on the part of AID-UPDATE staff in
supplying call numbers, as, for
example, in cases when periodicals have.
identical titles; errors in database
printouts occur occasionally,
especially inadequacy of pagination
(AID, Continued on p.3)
(AID, Continued from p. 2)
PUBLICIZING THE SERVICE
The availability of the service was
first publicized in February 1980 when
a preliminary announcement was sent to
AID scientists working in the Washing-
ton, D.C. area. The recipients of the
announcement were asked to fill out a
one-page form indicating the subject
matter of the proposed search and to
include key terminology, one or two
already located citations, and other
relevant information. A high percentage
of the requests for service are received
by telephone or as letters. Although
printed forms have been devised for many
communications, efforts to bypass such
procedures are received as cheerfully
as if the procedure did not exist.
Telephone requests are specially
encouraged, because of the opportunity
for verbal give and take.
The service has gradually grown. About
400 profiles are currently running in
separate data bases. The AID funded
program has been intended as a two-year
demonstration of SDI service in the
field of agricultural development. The
ultimate recipients of the service were
seen initially as AID agricultural
officers attached to the missions, AID
agriculturists working in the Washing-
ton area, and foreign agriculturists
working with the missions. The service
has been extended to numerous American
scientists in the overseas AID
missions, and to a somewhat smaller
.umber in the Washington area, but the
third category (foreign agriculturists
who are being assisted by the overseas
missions) is very difficult to reach.
One of the priorities of the demonstra-
tion's second year will include efforts
to make the service better known.
These efforts will also include pub-
licizing the service in periodicals
read by agricultural librarians who are
in a position to advise potential
users of the availability of the
We hope to avoid the frustrations of
the WHO MEDLARS Centre in its efforts
to serve a potential community of users.
Rolf Weitzel in "MEDLINE Services to
the Developing Countries," (Bull. Med..
Libr. Assoc. 64(1) Jan. 1976, p. 32) writes:
"ilt was obvious that only a minor percentage of the promotional effort would
result in recruiting active MEDLINE users. There can be no doubt that by far
the most effective method of promoting an information retrieval system is by
demonstration possibly backed up by audiovisual aids. Remote promotion, by
letter and leaflet, would meet with a low response anywhere. Among the
technologically unsophisticated user population for whom the program was
intended, the message was frequently not understood and the benefits that could
be derived from the services offered were not recognized. This had been
expected. In fact, a higher response rate would have faced the centre's staff
with a quantity of requests which it would, during this early phase, have been
unable to handle.
"There is less reason to be satisfied with the results of the semantic effort
made. It proved that the care taken in phrasing the promotional texts had
nevertheless been insufficient. From the reactions received at the centre it
became evident that numerous misunderstandings existed regarding the nature,
scope, and coverage of the system. Frequently MEDLINE was understood to be a
data bank storing factual information such as statistical data or it was seen
purely as a photocopy supply service. These misunderstandings have been
carefully analyzed and taken into consideration for the preparation of a
revised set of promotional material."
THE THOR DECISION AND ITS IMPACT ON THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY, LIBRARIES AND
by Gerald Sophar
Technical Information Systems, SEA/USDA
A Supreme Court decision in an obscure
tax case in January, 1979, will have an
enormous impact on publishers and con-
sequently on libraries and all educa-
tional institutions unless the Congress
can be persuaded to act early during
its next session. The case is the Thor
Power Tool Co. vs. Commissioner of
Internal Revenue. Professional pub-
lishers, those who provide scholarly
works and textbooks to libraries and
educational institutions, are most
severely affected by the Thor
Simply put, the court upheld an IRS
decision against Thor which denied it
the practice of depreciating its ware-
housed parts for tax purposes without
reducing appropriately the selling
price of the replacement parts. It
has been a generally accepted
accounting principle for various
industries which carry spare and com-
ponent parts to write down these inven-
tories to avoid misleading investors
and creditors, and because of the tax
advantage that was obtained from this
practice. The publishing industry has
in general followed the same practice.
It is an especially widespread practice
among publishers of scholarly, techni-
cal and scientific works, and among
textbook publishers because it makes it
possible for the publisher to carry
inventories on slow, but essential works
over many years. In a sense, the
publishers act as a secondary warehouse
for libraries, universities, and school
systems, allowing them to purchase
books on demand rather than on the date
of publication. Also, many school
system contracts for textbooks require
the publisher to print a fixed number
of copies of a text, deliver a part of
the edition and hold the remainder in
its inventory against future needs with
no guarantee that they will ever be
purchased. Thus, an established system
which is a backup resource to libraries
and school systems rests on what was an
accepted accounting practice before Thor.
But this isn't all. While the Supreme
Court ruled on Thor in 1979, IRS did
not issue regulations based on the
decision until February 1980 (Revenue
Ruling 80-60). It then made the regu-
lations retroactive to 1979 (Revenue
Procedure 80-5), and gave publishers
until September 15, 1980, to comply.
The American Association of Publishers
(AAP), of course, has actively been
trying to get relief from Congress on
two of the consequences of the Thor
decision: (1) the retroactive IRS
ruling, and (2) the decision itself as
it applies to the publishing industry.
Attempts by Senator Gaylord Nelson
(D., Wis.) and Representative Barber
Conable (R., N.Y.) to obtain relief for
the publishers on the retroactive pro-
cedure of the IRS ruling failed to be
acted on since it was included in the
general $39 billion tax relief proposal
which was never acted upon. A proposal
to provide a refund for taxes on books,
maps, sheet music, monographs and peri-
odicals was reported out by the Senate
Finance Committee subsequent to the
election. It was attached to a miscel-
laneous House-passed bill, H. R. 3755,
but was not called up for considera-
tion by the Senate and thus died with
the 96th Congress. Senator Daniel
Patrick Moynihan (D., N.Y.) led this
(THOR, Continued on p. 6)
(THOR, Continued from p. 4 )
The consequences of the Thor decision
on the publishing industry, libraries
and educational institutions could mean
(1) sale of the books at less than
cost; (2) scraping the books physi-
cally. The first action cannot be
taken to any significant degree even if
the publishers were willing to make the
sacrifice because there is no remainder
market of any consequence for most of
the material which they would want to
sell. Also, recall that many school
contracts prohibit this practice.
The second action, which is the likely
step that most of the publishers will
have to take as a matter of self-
preservation will raise havoc with the
already hard pressed scholarly and
textbook publishing business. Some of
the consequences will be fewer titles,
smaller printings, and higher unit
costs. Every publishing decision will
have to be an economic one based solely
on cost, selling price, and the number
of copies that can be sold immediately.
Such considerations as social value and
quality will become very minor factors
in the decision process.
It is proverbial that "every cloud must
have a silver lining." The Thor
decision should remind many who seem to
have forgotten how closely the fortunes
of the publishing industry, the
libraries and the educational institu-
tions of the United States are tied
TIS VIDEOTAPE AVAILABLE: "THE
Technical Information Systems is
pleased to announce the availability of
a 20-minute color videotape describing
its information systems and services.
The videotape, called "The Information
Cycle," presents and describes
AGRICOLA (Agricultural Online Access)
and CRIS (Current Research Information
System) data bases, the Current Aware-
ness Literature Service (CALS), the
Food and Nutrition Information Services
(FNIC), and the document delivery
systems of Technical Information
Systems. The tape includes a brief
overview of the evolution of the
National Agricultural Library into the
Technical Information Systems as well.
"The Information Cycle" was profes-
sionally produced, photographed, and
edited to present a quick and compre-
hensive overview of Technical Informa-
tion Systems, what it is, and how it
can help you in your work.
Copies of the tape, in 3/4" cassette,
are available for loan from: Educa-
tional Resources Division, Training
and Education Branch, USDA Technical
Information Systems, Room 408, NAL
Building, Beltsville, MD 20705;
Attention: David Hoyt. Q&
Gardens for All has a few dozen extra
copies of the 1979 National Gardening
Survey conducted by The Gallup
Organization, Inc. This 180-page
report sold for $125 last year. It
is available to libraries and other
interested nonprofit groups for
$3.00, to cover cost of postage and
Please send request and $3.00 to
Gallup Offer Gardens for All, 180
Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.
The OBERLY AWARD FOR BIBLIOGRAPHY Linda Rall Library Miscellany.
IN THE AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, Kansas City, Mo., Linda Hall
awarded biennially by the Science Library. No. 1, Autumn 1980- irr.
and Technology Section of the "...a modest instrument to inform
Association of College and Research our friends and users about Linda
Libraries, will be presented at the Hall Library activities...Events of
1981 American Library Association consequence, alterations of
Annual Conference to the authors) policy, changes in records manage-
of the best bibliography published ment, new acquisitions, significant
during 1979 or 1980 in the field of bequests in short, "a mixture of
agriculture or the related various things" as Webster's
sciences. Nominations for the International Dictionary defines
award will be evaluated on the misceZlany will be the stuff of
basis of timeliness of the topic, these columns.'
format, and indexing methods. The Published free for friends and
principle author, editor, or users of the Library. Correspon-
compiler must be a U.S. citizen. dence relating to this publication
should be sent to Paul Peterson,
Please submit nominations for the Editor, Linda Hall Library, 5109
1981 Oberly Award no later than Cherry Street, Kansas City, MD
March 1 to: John W. Beecher, Chair 64110. US
of the Oberly Award Commnittee, 226
Mumford Hall, University of (Ep Af
Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801.L9
COURSES ON TIS INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND SERVICES
The Educational Resources Division of the Technical Information Systems is
planning to conduct several intensive, five-day introductory workshops in 1981 to
train librarians and information specialists in the efficient use of TIS's
information systems and services.
As presently planned the workshops will emphasize online access to the CRIS
(Current Research Information System) and ACRICOLA (ACRicultural Online Access) dat
bases, as well as profiling for CAL5 (Current Awareness Literature service). The
topics covered will include online systems access, Boolean logic, search strategy
formulation, efficient data base searching techniques, and basic proficiency in
the searching of CRIS and AGRICOLA. Profiling experience for the provision of
CALS service will also be included. The courses will begin with an overview of
TIS services and an introduction to information retrieval through the Lockheed
Dialog system. No prior experience with online retrieval will be expected of
A function of Educational Resources Division is to conduct seminars such as
these, and provide other educational services and products. It is now also
planning several advanced level data base classes. Comments as to the structure,
content, and location of these courses are welcomed and will be carefully
considered. If you are interested in sponsoring an online seminar at your
institution, please call or write David Hoyt, Educational Resources Division,
Technical Information Systems, Room 408, NAL Buildinq, Beltsville, MD 20705,
QUICK BIBLIOGRAPHY SERIES
The bibliographies in this series are
primarily computerized online or batch
ibliographies emanating from searches
performed by the IIS 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 156 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-
numhered 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:
Technical Information Systems, SEA,
NAL Bidg., Room 302
Beltsvi le, MD 20705
NAL--BIBL.--80-18. Plant Senescence,
1976-1980. 289 citations from
AGRICOLA. Search by Henry Gilbert.
NAL--BIBL.--80-19. Gasohol, 1979-1980.
78 citations from AGRIODLA. Search by
Sheldon Cheney. August 1980.
NAL--BIBL.--80-20. Integrated Pest
Management, 1969-1980. 188 citations
from AGRICOLA. Search by Charles N.
Bebee. August 1980.
NAL--BIBL.--80-21. Frost and Freeze
Protection for Sub-Tropical Fruits,
1970-1980. 132 citations from
AGRICOLA. Search by Henry Gilbert.
NAL--BIBL.--80-22. Acid Rain: Impact
on Agriculture, 1969-1980. 108
citations from AGRICOLA. Search by
Sheldon Cheney and William Longenecker.
NAL--BIBL.--80-23. The Spidervort
(Tradescantia), A Radiation Monitor-
ing Plant, 1970-1980. 22 citations
from AGRIOOLA. Search by Henry
Gilbert. August 1980.
NAL--BIBL.--80-24. Drought: Resistance,
Stress, or Effect, 7978-1980. 104
citations from AGRICOLA. Search by
Phyllis L. Cleveland. September 1980.
NAL--BIBL.--80-25. Farm Ponds,
7969-1980. 70 citations from
AGRICOLA. Search by Jayne T. MacLean.
NAL--BIBL.--80-26. Wild Birds and
Agriculture, 1969-1980. 155 citations
from AGRICOLA. Search by Ann Juneau.
NAL--BIBL.--80-27. Organic Farming and
Gardening, 7970-1980. 248 citations
from AGRICOLA. Search by Jayne T.
MacLean. September 1980.
NAL--BIBL.--80-28. Byssinosis: Cotton
Dust Lung Disease, 1970-1979. 75
citations from AGRICOLA. Search by
Henry Gilbert. September 1980.
NAL--BIBL.--80-29. Roadside Marketing,
1970-1980. 75 citations from AGRICOLA.
Search by Henry Gilbert. September
NAL--BIBL.--80-30. Jojoba, 1971-1980.
116 citations from AGRICOLA. Search by
Henry Gilbert. September 1980.
NAL--BIBL.--80-31. Herb Gardening,
1970-July 1980. 123 citations from
AGRICOLA. Search by Jayne T. MacLean.
NAL--BIBL.--80-32. Double Cropping and
Interplanting, 1976-July 1980. 324
citations from AGRICOLA. Search by
jayne T. MacLean. October 1980.
NAL--BIBL.--80-33. Seuage and Municipal
Waste Composting, 1969-80. 81 cita-
tions from AGRICOLA. Search by Jayne
T. MacLean. October 1980.
(QUICK BIB., Continued on p. 9 )
May 4-8: Anme ri.a Assoc-i-ti '- of
L'otani-ca" ..aQiew g nr A.9oret2, Inc.
Atnual 'eeti'c. San Francisco, Calif.
Contact: Hadley Osborn, Director,
Filoli Center, Canada Rd., Woodside,
CA 94062. Telephone: (415) 364-8300.
May 5-8: .FortiulZtuiZ _ibraries.
1J": Anna2 ',_eetin:. San Francisco,
Calif. Contact: Jane Gates, Librn.,
Strybing Arboretum Society, 9th Avenue
at Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA
94122. Telephone: (415) 661-1316.
May 28-29: Semina," the Fconm-ics of
Secondary I for tion. Atlanta, Ga.
Atlanta Hilton. Contact: NFAIS, 112
South 16th St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.
May 31-june 4: Amewvican Society of
BioZogicaZl existss. St. Louis, Mo.
Contact: S.K. Herlitz Inc., 850 Third
Ave., New York, NY 10022.
June 15:24: XI/ International
',rzssZlmnd Conoaess. University of
Kentucky, Lexington, Ky. Contact:
John E. Raylor, Agricultural Science
Center, University of Kentucky,
Lexington, KY 40546.
June 18-22: Amwrican Association of
NuweePynmn. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Contact: Robert F. Lederer. 230
Southern Building, Washington,
June 19: USDA Agency Field Libwvaies
Weetina. Atlanta, Ga. Contact:
Wallace C. Olsen, Chief, Library
Operations Div., TIS/SEA/USDA, NAL
Bldg., Beltsville, MD 20760. Tel.
July 26-30: Awmerin Society of Animal
Science. North Carolina State Univer-
sity, Raleigh. N.C. Contact: David C.
England, Oregon State University,
Animal Science Department, Corvallis,
OR 97330. C)
.4RID LANDS A3STRACTS. Slough, Eng.,
Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux;
Tucson, Ariz., Arid Lands Information
Center. m. Vol. 1, 1980- S613.A7
RALVBUR REPORT. Cold Spring Harbor,
N.Y., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
irr. Vol. 1, 1979- QH426.B35
DESIfGN AND MARAMCEMENT FOR RESOURCE
RECOVERY. Ann Arbor, Mich., Ann Arbor
Science Publishers. a. Vol. 1, 1980-
DOCUMENTS PEDOZOOLOGIQUES. Di jon,
Laboratoire de Zooecologie Du Sol.
irr. Soil Ecology, Vol. 1, 1979-
FERTILIZER RESEAZiBt. The Hague,
Nijhoff. q. Vol. 1, 1980-
GREEN PIVER WATERSHED NEVS. Seattle.
Wash., Forest Service, U.S. Dept. of
Agriculture. irr. aHD1695.GTG7
HANDBOOK OF THE NATIONS. Detroit,
Mich., Grand River Books. a. 1979-
QORTHERAPY. Mt. Vernon, Va., National
Council for Therapy and Rehabilitation
Through Horticulture. 3 x year.
Vol. 1, 1979- SB1.1H62
JOURNAL OF FOOD SERVICE SYSTSO.
Westport, Conn., Food and Nutrition
Press. q. Vol. 1, 1980- TX901.J54
JOURNAL OF RECEKPR
York, N.Y., Dekker.
3 x year. Vol. 1,
LIVESTOCK FUTURES RESEARCH SYTIMSIW.
PROCEEDI.SS TF BE... 4*SfAL L1VS7fM,
FUTURES RESEARCH. Chicago, Cbicageo
Mercantile Exchange. a. 1st, 1979-
(fEY SERIALS, Contimnueid am p. 9)
CALCULATOR HELP FOR FIELD FORESTERS
The popularity of hand-held program-
mable calculators for field use is
increasing. They are small, inexpen-
sive, easy to use, and rugged enough
for outdoor use. Some models can store
and execute programs containing over
A new report is now available that
describes various programs designed to
help foresters use hand-held, program-
mable calculators to gather and analyze
data in field situations. Programs are
presented which perform: slope to
horizontal distance conversions; basal
area computation; tree height deter-
minations; adequacy of sample test;
multispecies board foot volumes; basal
area factor gauge calibration; limiting
distance; scaling of aerial photos;
calculations for variable plot cruising
and variable plot cruising sunrnaries.
Programs described are written in
outline form and are not specific to
any particular brand of calculator.
However, a calculator with 200 or more
program steps is desirable. The
programs are presented in order of
complexity, so the user is gradually
introduced to the more advanced
Request "Hand-Held-Calculator Programs
for the Field Forester" General Techni-
cal Report RM-76-FR24, by Wayne D.
Sheppard from Rocky Mountain Forestry
Station 240 W. Prospect St., Fort
Collins, CO 80521. Free.
Reprinted from Forestry Research West
Nov. 1980. p. 17. (Forest Service,
U.S. Department of Agriculture.) X
(QUICK BIB., Continued from p. 72)
NAL--BIBL.--80-34. Composts and
Composting of Organic Wastes,
1977-80. 224 citations from
AGRICOLA. Search by Jayne T.
MacLean. October 1980.
Management, 1974-80. 132 citations
from AGRICOLA. Search by Phyllis
Cleveland. October 1980. L&
(NEW SERIALS, Continued from p. 8 )
MEMOIRES DE LA SOCIETY BOTANIQUE DE
GENEVE. irr. Societe Botanique de
Geneve. No. 1, 1979- OK1.M4
NATIONAL PRESERVATION REPORT. [Wash-
ington] Library of Congress. 3 x year.
Vol. 1, 1979- Z265.N3
SERIES ON MYCOLOGY. New York, Dekker.
irr. Vol. 1, 1979- QK600.S4 Q
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CNSiOLIDATED PUiCHASIG OF PUBLICATIONS
SCIENCE & EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
TEONICAL INOGMATIQN SYSTEMS (SEAITIS)
Project 38 is a SEA/TIS sponsored
program which eakes the 7wsient
7_crwts series of publications from
the Institute for Scientific Informa-
tion (IS) available to USDA agencies
and cooperating institutions using
Federal funds at sharply reduced rates.
The Science and Education Administra-
tion has underwritten the continuation
of Project 38 by signing a five-year
subscription contract with ISI. The
contract period runs from January 1,
1981 through December 31, 1985.
,A-wv.t 7ontt_-nts is a series of
easy-to-scan, pocket sized publications
composed of reproduced tables of
contents front more than 1,000 journals
reporting worldwide research and
practice in the agricultural, physical,
and chemical sciences. It is an
effective and economic solution to the
problem of literature scanning, reading
selectively, and rapid dissemination of
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
This program makes available to all
USDA agencies and cooperating institu-
tions using Federal funds journal
titles published by the Cambridge Uni-
versity Press at a 10% discount.
This is a one-year contract, January 1-
December 31, 1981, with renewal options.
For additional information on titles
offered, eligibility of participants,
and ordering information for both pro-
jects contact Marilyn M. Boone, CPP
Assistant, TIS/SEA[USDA. N.L Bldg.,
Room 107, Beltsville, MD 20705;
telephone (301) 344-3778. M
EID CF AN ERA
Grand River, Iowa, has a spanking
new one-party dial telephone
system. An article in the Des
roines Sunday Register December 7,
1980, describes the end of the last
hand-crank magneto-telephone system
in Iowa and installation of an
ultra-modern dial system with a
computer digital switch system.
The change was brought about by
increasing pressure from residents,
the Iowa Commerce Commission,
uncertain financing of the old
system, and difficulty in locating
replacement parts. The people of
Grand River agree that it will be
nice to have a faster, efficient
dial system, but they will miss the
little extras: the personal
services, the communication of
community news through line calls,
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BENNDORF, E. and G. THALMANN. The
Present Situation of Inmmunoprophy-
laxis Against Foot-And-Mouth Disease.
Translated from German: Arch. Fxp.
Veterinarmed, 32 (3): 327-336, 1978.
DROSCHA, H. Continuous Surface Testing
by Laser Scanning With Automatic
Defect Analysis and Sorting
Equipment. Translated from German:
Hols als Roh-und Werkstoff, 38 (4):
139-140, 1980. TRANS. No. 26839.
FOLLMANN, H. and H. MARKL. pH-Static
Procedure for Continuous Anaerobic
Fermentation of Highly-Loaded Waste
Water to Methane 2. Experimental
Tests and Verification of the Concept
on the Basis of Whey. Translated
from German: Milchwissenschaft 34
(7): 393-396, 1979. TRANS. No.
26816. TT 80-59210
HOFFMANN, R. [et. al.]. Research About
The Pathogenesis of Viral Hemorrhagic
Septicemia (VHS) in Rainbow Trout
(Salmo Gairdneri). Translated from
German: Berl. Muench. T Tiera.erztl.
We hr., 92: 180-185, 1979. TRANS.
LESIC', L. Safety of Wooden Glue
Laminated Structures in Fire.
Translated from Croatian: Pregled
3-4: 21-26, 1979. TRANS. No. 26838.
MURATOV, M. M. et al. A Study of the
Effect of Different Performance
Factors on the Migration of Formal-
dehyde from Wood-Particle Board Using
A Mathematical Experimental Design.
Translated from Russian: Gigiena i
Sanitariya, ?: 82-83, 1980. TRANS.
NO FORMALDEHYDE GIVEN OFF FROM
HALF-HARDENED FIBERBOARDS. Trans-
lated from German: Hols ale Roh-und
Werkstoff, 38, 159-160, 1980. TRANS.
RUDENKO, A. A. and BIRJUKOVA, L. V.
Patterns of Formaldehyde Release from
Polymeric Building Materials Based on
Formaldehyde Resins Under Conditions
of Increased Relative Humidity.
Translated from Russian: Gigiena i
Sanitariya, 2: 83-84, 1980. TRANS.
RUSZNAK, 1. let. al.]. Effect of the
Drying Method Used After Swelling on
the Structural Characteristics of
Cotton Cellulose and the Parameters
of Resin Finishing. Translated from
Hungarian: Magyar Textiltechnika,
31: 441-447, 1978. TRANS. No. 26453.
TESTING OF PARTICLE BOARD AFTER SHORT
EVACUATION IN WATER. Translated from
German: Holz als Roh-und Werkstoff,
37: 383-388, 1979. TRANS. No. 26691.LS
BIOLOGIC AND ECONOMIC ASSESSMENT OF
M4ALEIC fYDRAZIDE. A report of the
Maleic hydrazide assessment team to the
rebuttable presumption against
registration of Maleic hydrazide.
Submitted to the Environmental
Protection Agency on October 1, 1979.
(Washington, D.C., U.S. Dept. of
Agriculture in cooperation with State
Agricultural Experiment Stations,
Cooperative Extension Service, other
State Agencies, U.S. Environmental
Agency (1980). 106 p. (Technical
Bulletin 1634). Free. Request from
Publications Requests and Distribution,
SEA-Information Staff, USDA, Room
6007-S, 14th and Independence Ave.,
S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250.
CHROMOSOME TECHNIQUES: THEORY AND
PRACTICE. Arun Kurnar Sharma and
Archana Sharma. 3rd ed. London,
Butterworths (1980). 711 p. $135.00.
ISBN 0-408-70942-1. Order from
EPA AND THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY,
PARTNERS 1N RESEARCH, SOLICITATION FOR
GRANT PROPOSALS, FY 1981. EPA-
600/8-80-010. 1980. Free. Available
from Center for Environmental Research
Information, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH
EFFECTS OF SEWAGE SLUDGE ON THE CADMIUM
AND ZINC CONTENT OF CROPS. Council for
Agricultural Science and Technology,
1980. Report No. 83. Free. Available
from CAST, 250 Memorial Union, Ames, IA
HORSE PUBLICATIONS AND VISUAL
MATERIALS: 1980 LISTING. Dixon D.
Hubbard. (Washington, D.C., U.S. Dept.
of Agriculture, Science and Education
Administration (1980). 113 p. (Mis-
cellaneous Publication 1393). Free.
Order from Publications Requests and
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PROCEEDINGS OP THE CONFERENCE ON
NURSERY PRODUCTION OF FRUIT PLANTS
THROUGH TISSUE CULTURE APPLICATIONS
AND FE4SIBILITT. April 21-22, 1980.
Beltsville, Md. (Washington, D.C.).
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Science and
Education Administration, 1980. 119 p.
(Agricultural Research Results,
ARR-NE-11). Free. Order from Publica-
tions Requests and Distribution, SEA- .
Information Staff, Rm. 6007 South
Bldg., U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Wash-
ington, D.C. 20250.
REPRODUCTION IN THE PIG. P. E. Hughes
and M. A. Varley. (London, Butter-
worths, 1980). 241 p. $39.95;
ISBN 0-408-70946-4; paperback $23.95;
ISBN 408-70921-9. Order from
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