CENTER PROJECTS - FARMLAND INFORMATION LIBRARY
The Farmland Information Library was established in a Memorandum of Understanding with USDA’s National Agricultural Library in May, 1993 as the nation’s first farmland information center. The project was handed to CAE and, with funding from the Donnelley Foundation, we convened a planning committee in February 1994 to develop a business and operating plan. We completed the detailed plan in May and officially launched the FIC in June after a national search for the FIC librarian. The business plan recommending establishing a state-of-the-art electronic library as the most efficient and cost-effective means to widely distribute information on farmland protection. The central library at CAE has three computer stations: one for scanning documents, one for cataloguing and designing search and retrieval systems and one for automatically processing incoming requests on the Internet. We also placed workstations in AFT’s Davis office, Northampton office and Washington, DC office.
1994: Complete business plan; hire FIC librarian; set up digital library. Goes on-line December 1994.
1995: Over 450 abstracts from literature in AFT regional offices available. State laws and regulations on farmland protection added as we obtain copyright clearances. Handbook on Federal and State Regulations completed in Summer 1995
1998: Kudos from NRCS, APA, several universities and states. FIL continues to expand and modify its delivery system based on user needs. Additional funding for two years from Illinois C-FAR grant program
1999: Identified as cool site by Scout Report
2000: Accepted as part of the AgNIC Network
2001: Denyse Sturges leaves in May to go back to school. Bring in Anita Zurbrugg in October to oversee FIL.
2002: Decision made to transfer the Farmland Information Library to AFT’s Technical Advisory Services