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National Agricultural Library and Mississippi State University Pilot Project Will Test High-Value Science Information System for Agriculture
Dean of Libraries Frances Coleman assists President Charles Lee (second from left) with documents formalizing a new collaboration between Mississippi State and the National Agricultural Library. Looking on are NAL director Peter Young (second from right) and Vance Watson, the university's vice president for agriculture, forestry and veterinary medicine.
BELTSVILLE, MD , January 20, 2004 - The U.S. Department
of Agriculture's National Agricultural Library has established
a pilot demonstration project with Mississippi State
University (MSU) in Starkville, MS which will give
researchers, teachers, and students easier and faster
access to the latest and best available information
in the agricultural sciences. National Agricultural
Library Director Peter R. Young and Mississippi State
University President Charles Lee signed a cooperative
agreement at Starkville, MS to establish the first-of-its-kind
partnership between the University and the Library and
to launch the Digitop PLUS Pilot Demonstration Project.
The collaboration means the MSU community will have
licensed access through the World Wide Web to science-based
information in agriculture and related fields through
electronic scientific journals. This service will be
integrated with electronic reference and document delivery
services provided by the National Agricultural Library,
based in Beltsville, MD.
"This demonstration project will provide MSU faculty
members, researchers and students the ability to access
leading resources electronically," Lee said. "Through
NAL, it brings the most up-to-date research literally
to their desktops."
In addition to the benefits to MSU , the project will
provide NAL opportunity to test the feasibility, costs,
and effectiveness of extending the digital desktop system
to other colleges and universities with programs in
research and education needs high-value, science-based
information which is digital, current, and always available,"
said National Agricultural Library Director Peter R.
Young. "We hope this project with MSU will make
it possible to do something similar in support of agricultural
teaching, research, and extension in other locations."
The MSU Digital Desktop PLUS service is patterned after
Digitop, NAL's Digital Desktop Library for USDA introduced
in January 2003. Digitop provides USDA employees with
access to electronic newspapers, directories, databases,
and thousands of full-text journal articles in agriculture
and related sciences.
The National Agricultural Library,
in Beltsville, MD
, is the world's foremost agricultural library. The
Library is part of the Agricultural Research Service,
the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.