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 data collected from interviews, focus groups and statistical reports from Google Analytics. It was developed with the purpose of improving access to the information resources and library 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.
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
Introduction <ul><li>It was founded in 1915 by Dr. John A. Stevenson, a phytopathologist of the Station </li></ul><ul><li>At the beginning, the collection was the result of publication exchange with other agricultural institutions and organizations from Puerto Rico and other countries. </li></ul>
Users <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Collection <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Services <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
Innovative Projects <ul><li>Digitizing Historical Resources Project (2008-present) </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural Information Center Project (2011-present) </li></ul>