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  • The Agricultural Experiment Station Library is a unit of the College of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Campus.
  • Digitizing Historical Resources Project (2008-present): Database created to preserve, through digital technology, invaluable historical and cultural documents such as photographs, posters, maps, manuscripts, books, serials, pamphlets and other resources. The resources located in our library collection include unique agricultural documents, series, and Puerto Rico’s information from 1800 to present. Agricultural Information Center Project (2011-present): National resource website for users and producers interested in agriculture. It is an initiative of the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Department of Agriculture of Puerto Rico. At this moment, the website is under construction.
  • Also, we upload our documents at ISSUU, we have available podcast and other videos for those who enjoy hearing an interview or conference. This is develop with the purpose to attend all the teaching and learning techniques and to satisfy our user needs.
  • Dr. Julia Vélez and I complete a case study, presented in IFLA session 111 “Usage statistics analysis of specialized libraries websites.This research project provides an overview of the use of web pages based on datacollected from interviews, focus groups and statistical reports from Google Analytics. Itwas developed with the purpose of improving access to the information resources andlibrary services.Conclusions:The roles of librarians have changed significantly. The participants in the study validate the issues raised about the role of librarians; they should reinvent their roles and responsibilities to meet the demands of users.GA reports show usage of both websites, but is not substantially higher compared to the amount of content. It is necessary to reorganize, redesign and relocate the contents of the websites to make it more appealing and accessible to the user.Also, we need to perform ongoing assessment of website usage and development.
  • 4. All resources returned after the due date will accumulate a .25 cents fine per day per book. If the book is lost, there will be a $5.00 charge plus the cost of the book.
  • This phase is part of the book The Generation X Librarian that explains how to leads the way into the future of libraries and many other great topics. This work fills many of the gaps present in the professional literature on librarianship and our younger generations.
  • Agricultural Experiment Station library services and resources 2012

    1. 1. Liz M. PagánJanuary 31, 2012
    2. 2. Outline• AES library services and resources• General library services and resources• Online access• Practice
    3. 3. Introduction-AES• It was founded in 1915 by Dr. John A. Stevenson, a phytopathologist of the Station• At the beginning, the collection was the result of publication exchange with other agricultural institutions and organizations from Puerto Rico and other countries.
    4. 4. Users• This Library is the only agricultural library in Puerto Rico. The principal users are the Station researchers; however, it also offers its services to the university community and the general public.
    5. 5. Collection• Its valuable collection consists of journals, books and indexes in print and electronic format. A comprehensive collection of documents, pamphlets, thesis and AES publications are part of library strengths.
    6. 6. Services• The Library is staffed by dedicated personnel that provide the following services: document delivery, library loans, requests for interlibrary loans, manual and electronic literature and information services, photocopies, and document circulation. Also the library staff provides seminars and workshops about information searching, databases, and other fields as requested.
    7. 7. Innovative Projects• Digitizing Historical Resources Project (2008-present)• Agricultural Information Center Project (2011-present)
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    9. 9. Online Access
    10. 10. Website
    11. 11. Databases• Agricola: contains bibliographic records from the U.S. Department of Agricultures National Agricultural Library. Coverage for AGRICOLA dates back to 1970 and includes more than 4.8 million citations. The citations are comprised of journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audiovisual materials, and technical reports related to agriculture.
    12. 12. Databases• Biological and Agricultural Index: provides full text of articles from over 100 journals dating back to 1997, as well as indexing and abstracts of more than 380 publications. Subject coverage includes agriculture & agricultural research, atmospheric science, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, environmental science, geology, marine biology microbiology, physics and much more.
    13. 13. Theses• Ways to access the theses, dissertations and projects:• Accessing our online catalog.• Using the theses digital archive of the Graduate Studies Office (from 2003 to present).• Using the database ProQuest Dissertations
    14. 14. Proquest Dissertation and Theses• 1639 to present. Subject Area(s): Theses and Dissertations , Arts , Agriculture , Biography , Literature , Marine Sciences , Medicine , Business , Science , Technology , Biology , Humanities , Engineering , & Nursing
    15. 15. Databases• Other editors: – Science Direct – CRCnetBase Agriculturenetbase – CAB ebooks – CAB Direct
    16. 16. Interlibrary Loans (ILL)
    17. 17. ILL Basic guidelines• 1. The maximum number of resources to be lent is 15 books and for a faculty member of another campus is 5 books.• 2. The loan will be: AES personnel (60 days), RUM and UPR faculty and employees (30 days) and for UPR students (15 days).• 3. The loans can be renewed by phone, by going to the library on regular workdays or by e-mail at
    18. 18. General Library• The Mayagüez Campus General Library consists of the Main Library and one special departmental collection. The library provides resources and services related to the particular curricula offered and the research conducted on campus.
    19. 19. Collection• The library collection includes books, journals, microfiches, microfilms, government documents, maps, and others.
    20. 20. Services• Circulation• Reserve• Information Literacy• Photocopies
    21. 21. Interlibrary loan
    22. 22. Webpage
    23. 23. Databases
    24. 24. Ebooks
    25. 25. Thanks!The most way to succeed is always to try just one more time! Thomas Edison
    26. 26. THANK YOU……. Dr. Liz M. Pagán Director Agricultural Experimental Station Library Tel. 787-767-9721787-767-9705 ext. 2120, 2121 Skype: liz.pagan Twitter: lizmargarita