Collection Development

AGRICULTURE COLLECTION 

DESCRIPTION 

Purpose:

To support teaching and research through and beyond the doctoral level for the Departments of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy (crops and soils), Animal Sciences (including dairy science), Forestry, Horticulture, and Plant Pathology, and the Office of Agricultural Communications and Extension Education, Agricultural Entomology, International Soybean Program, and Vocational Agriculture. The Library also serves the needs of the on-campus and off-campus personnel of the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Services. Although the College of Agriculture's School of Human Resources and Family Studies, the Food Science Department, Nutritional Sciences Division, and Home Economics Education are served primarily by the Home Economics Library, the Agriculture Library meets some of the needs of these units as well. Agriculturally related teaching and research are carried out also in Applied Life Studies, Biology, Chemistry, City Planning and Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Communications, Ecology, Engineering, Geology, History, Law, Natural History Survey, and Veterinary Medicine.

History of Collection:

The Agriculture Library began in 1912 following a study by a faculty committee appointed to investigate the feasibility of establishing an Agriculture Library. Student assistants were in charge of the collection which at first consisted of current agriculture periodicals, experiment station publications, and a few farm papers. In the spring of 1914, several thousand volumes on agriculture were transferred from the Main Library and were combined with the library books scattered among the departments of the College to form the agriculture collection. In 1915, a professional librarian was appointed, and the real development and growth of the Agriculture Library began. In the spring of 1924, the Agriculture Library moved to its present location in Mumford Hall. During the following years, the Library absorbed the holdings of several office collections, most notably Animal Genetics, Floriculture, Forestry, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Agronomy, and Vo-Ag Services. 

Estimate of Holdings: 

200,000 volumes. Of this total, 70,000 volumes are in Agriculture and 130,000 volumes are in the Bookstacks.

State, Regional, and National Importance: 

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a land grant institution that has been collecting agricultural titles since 1867. Several private agricultural collections have been given to the University over the years. Most noteworthy are a nearly complete set of USDA publications given by Samuel Insull in 1919 and a personal collection given by the former Dean of Agriculture, Henry Perly Rusk. Today the University of Illinois continues these collections via the depository library system (the University of Illinois benefits from two federal depository designations), by exchanges, and by extensive purchases. 

Unit Responsible for Collecting: 

Most of the selection of agriculture literature originates in the Agriculture Library. There are collection activities in the libraries that support the disciplines listed in the purpose statement. 

Location of Materials: 

The majority of the agriculture collection is held in the Agriculture Library and in the Bookstacks. Related materials are also held in the Applied Life Studies, Biology, Chemistry, City Planning and Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Communications, Documents, Education and Social Science, Engineering, Geological Survey, Geology, History, Home Economics, Labor and Industrial Relations, Law, Map and Geography, Mathematics, Natural History Survey, Newspaper, Physics, Rare Book, Undergraduate, University Archives, Veterinary Medicine, and Water Survey Libraries. 

Citation of Works Describing Collection: 

Downs, pp. 5-6.

Kaniki, Andrew Musonda: "Evaluation of the University of Illinois Agriculture Library Collection in the Field of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture." May 1, 1981. (Unpub.)

Major, pp. 39, 81, 152, 177.

  

GENERAL COLLECTION GUIDELINES   

Languages:

Standard statement. 

Chronological Guidelines: 

No restrictions. Strong interest in history of agriculture. 

Geographical Guidelines: 

Worldwide scope. 

Treatment of Subject: 

The primary focus is on current materials, although some retrospective collection evaluation is being planned with emeritus faculty of the College. Serials are becoming increasingly important and expensive. United States Department of Agriculture and state experiment station and extension publications that formerly were free now must be purchased. Thus fewer and fewer extension publications are being acquired from the states (except Illinois).

Materials are purchased for undergraduate and graduate teaching, for practicing farmers and agribusinesses, and for applied and theoretical research. The growth of the College to include theoretical as well as applied research is reflected in the increasing requests for interdisciplinary materials in areas such as biotechnology, engineering, environment, rural sociology, biology, mathematics, statistics, physics, and chemistry. These materials are purchased at the request of individual faculty members or students if other copies are not available to meet their needs. 

Types of Materials: 

Standard statement. Audio-visual materials are not purchased by the Agriculture Library; the Office of Agricultural Communications and Extension Education provides this type of material and the equipment necessary for its use. 

Although funds are not presently available for collecting materials in computer-readable formats, some collecting has been done and will increase as soon as funds are available. The following collection policies will guide the Agriculture Library: 

1. Materials of use to researchers, teachers, and practitioners will be collected. Computer Assisted Instruction materials that are available on PLATO have been and will continue to be "collected" into an Agriculture menu that appears on all Agriculture Library PLATO terminals (this permits use without special sign-ons). Cataloging these materials seems logical but is difficult because the authors frequently change the programs or even withdraw them. No other CAl materials will be collected. 

Representative agricultural decision analysis software programs and generic software that assists in the control and manipulation of information (bibliographic file managers, shell expert systems, gateways to online databases, spread sheets, communications packages, word processing and indexing packages) will be collected. 

Data files of full text and numeric data will be collected if it is documented and organized (i.e., "nonpublished" raw data will not be collected). Data and text available in hardcopy will be duplicated in electronic format if there is any advantage gained (e.g., ability to manipulate the data). 

Major online databases available through the vendors BRS and DIALOG are already being "collected" by the Agriculture Library. Selection of remote databases not available from these vendors (e.g., the AGNET database maintained by the Nebraska Extension Service) is desirable (see article by Maria Porta for a beginning list of these databases).

 

2. As much as possible, these materials will be integrated with materials in other formats, i.e., be cataloged, classified, and loaned (electronic versions loaned for onsite use only, hardcopy documentation loaned overnight).

 

3. Only software and data tapes compatible with existing University hardware will be collected. In lieu of purchasing data tapes, the Library could serve as a Clearing House for data tapes purchased on any University funds. (This might best be accomplished by a single University Library office with a mandate from the Campus.)   

Date of Publication: 

Standard statement.   

Place of Publication: 

No restrictions.

COLLECTION RESPONSIBILITY BY SUBJECT SUBDIVISIONS WITh QUALIFICATIONS, LEVELS OF COLLECTING INTENSITY, AND ASSIGNMENTS.

EXISTING STRENGTH: subject holdings rated on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the most extensive).

PRIMARY ASSIGNMENT: departmental libraries that have the greatest collection intensity of subject materials, respectively.

In the case of 2 or more libraries listed, the collection intensity is comparable.

 

SECONDARY ASSIGNMENT: departmental libraries where additional materials may be found.

SUBJECT SUBDIVISION

EXISTING

STRENGTH

PRIMARY

ASSIGNMENT

SECONDARY

ASSIGNMENT

AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY

2

Agriculture

Biology/Chemistry/

Engineering/Physics

AGRICULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS

3

Agriculture

Communications

AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

Agricultural law

 

2

Law

Agriculture/

Documents

Agricultural marketing

3

Agriculture

Documents

Agricultural policy

3

Agriculture

Documents/Newspaper

Agricultural prices and statistics

U.S.

 

3

Agriculture

Commerce/Documents/

Newspapers/Reference

Foreign countries

2

Agriculture

Commerce/Latin American

/Reference/Slavic

Commodities and futures

3

Commerce

Agriculture

Developing nations

2

Agriculture

Africa/Commerce/Latin American/Women's Studies

Farm management

3

Agriculture

 

Land economics

3

Commerce

Agriculture

Rural real estate appraisal

3

Commerce

Agriculture

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION

3

 

Agriculture/Education/

University Archives

AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING

2

Agriculture

Engineering

AGRICULTURAL HISTORY

3

Agriculture

History/Slavic

AGRICULTURE

United States

3

Agriculture

Documents/Undergraduate

Great Britain

3

Agriculture

 

Europe

2

Agriculture

Slavic

Asia

2

Agriculture

Women's Studies

Africa

2

Agriculture

Africa/Women's Studies

Australia

2

Agriculture

 

Latin America

2

Agriculture

Latin American/

Women's Studies

AGRONOMY

3

Agriculture

 

Crop genetics

3

Agriculture

Biology

Crop physiology

3

Agriculture

 

Crop production

3

Agriculture

 

Soil science

3

Agriculture

Architecture/Engineering/

Geology

ANIMAL SCIENCES

3

Agriculture

 

Animal genetics and physiology

3

Agriculture

Biology

Animal nutrition

3

Agriculture

Veterinary Medicine

Dairy technology

3

Agriculture

Home Economics

Meat technology

3

Agriculture

Home Economics

Beef cattle

3

Agriculture

 

Pets

     

Companion pets

2

Agriculture

 

Pet therapy

 

Veterinary Medicine

Applied Life

Poultry

3

Agriculture

 

Sheep

3

Agriculture

 

Swine

3

Agriculture

 

Other livestock

2

Agriculture

 

AQUACULTURE

4

Natural History

Survey

Agriculture

BIOMETRY

2

 

Agriculture/Biology/

Mathematics-Statistics

BOTANY

4

Biology

Agriculture/Natural History Survey

ENTOMOLOGY

Control, integrated pest management-

see also pesticides

  

4

 

Natural History Survey

 

Agriculture/Biology

Economic entomology

4

Natural History Survey

Agriculture/Biology

Insect physiology and toxicology

3

Biology

Agriculture/Natural History Survey

FOODS AND NUTRITION

3

Home Economics

Agriculture

Food chemistry

3

Home Economics

Agriculture/Chemistry

Food technology

3

Home Economics

Agriculture/Engineering

FORESTRY

2

Agriculture

 

Ecology

2

Agriculture

Biology/Natural History Survey

Silviculture

2

Agriculture

 

Wood technology

2

Agriculture

 

HORTICULTURE

2

Agriculture

 

Floriculture

2

Agriculture

 

Ornamental horticulture and landscape design

2

Agriculture

City Planning

Pomology

2

Agriculture

 

Turfgrass

2

Agriculture

 

Vegetable crops

2

Agriculture

 

PESTICIDES (herbicides and insecticides)

3

Agriculture

Biology/Chemistry/

Natural History Survey

PLANT PATHOLOGY

     

Entomology-see above

     

Epidemiology

3

Agriculture

Biology

Mycology

3

Agriculture

Biology/Natural History

Survey

Nematology

3

 

Agriculture/Biology

Virology

3

Biology

Agriculture/Natural History Survey

RURAL SOCIOLOGY

4

Sociology

Agriculture/Slavic

TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY

3

Education

Agriculture

 

The Reading Room of the Department of Agricultural Economics also maintains a collection in this subject.

Slavic collects selectively and "passively" in these areas via exchange arrangements in the USSR.

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