The New Mexico State University Library has been awarded a $3,125 grant from the United States Agricultural Information Network's Preservation and Digital Library Committee for Project Ceres, which will support the digitization of NMSU's Extension and Experiment Station publications.
"These publications, written from 1890 to the present, were created to help improve lives by sharing practical and research-based information in the areas of agriculture, home economics, mechanical arts and affiliated fields," said Elizabeth Titus, library dean.
The purpose of Project Ceres is to support small projects that preserve print materials essential to study the history and economics of agriculture and to make those materials accessible electronically through digitization.
The project is funded by a collaborative effort that includes the U.S. Agricultural Information Network, the Agricultural Network Information Collaborative and the Center for Research Libraries.
The digitization project includes NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station publications. The collection consists of approximately 3,200 documents including circulars, guides, handbooks, annual data reports, research reports and bulletins, technical reports and task force reports.
These publications provide unique insight into the historical development of agricultural research and technologies and also reveal changing scientific and societal perspectives over time.
Researchers and the public already have free, online and searchable access to the full text and images of many of these 3,200 CES and AES publications through the library's website at http://lib.nmsu.edu/CES_AESPubs .
Upon completion of the project, the collection will represent the most complete, fully accessible holdings of NMSU's Extension and Experiment Station publications.
NMSU is among 15 other universities to gain funding from the organizations for digitization purposes.
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