Category Archives: NAL

Workshop Report: The Future of the Commons: Data, Software and Beyond

On November 18, I had the opportunity to attend a one-day workshop sponsored by CENDI (Commerce, Energy, NASA, Defense Information Managers Group), the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA/US) entitled “The Future of the Commons: Data, Software and Beyond…” It was an excellent day and I learned a lot about the landscape of… Read more »

e- is for Animals: Building a Digital Library for the Animal Welfare Information Center

by Kathryn Gucer Since 1985, the Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC, (https://awic.nal.usda.gov/) at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, MD, has been fulfilling its mandate under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) “to provide information for improved animal care and use in research, testing, and teaching.”  Under the AWA, investigators must show that alternatives to procedures that cause more than… Read more »

iSchool Fellows at the National Agricultural Library

Five UMD iSchool Masters Fellows began work at the National Agricultural Library in September. Working across two divisions within the library, they have begun a series of interesting projects reflecting the library’s range of activities. The two masters student fellows working in the Knowledge Services Division at NAL are contributing to the primary projects ongoing in this division. Both fellows’ work addresses… Read more »