Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection Live

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Animal Welfare Act History Digital Collection (AWAHDC), a collection of documents from the National Agricultural Library’s holdings and beyond related to the legislative and regulatory history of the U.S. Animal Welfare Act (AWA), signed into law in August 1966. UMD Postdoctoral Fellow Kathryn Gucer is one of the key personnel that… Read more »

DrupalCon 2017

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Twice a year members of the worldwide Drupal community convene at DrupalCon.   This year the North American conference was up the street from College Park in Baltimore, so Phil Nguyen and I joined the 3000 participants in this intense 5-day conference. Drupal is an open source content management system that is built, maintained, used, and promoted by millions of web… Read more »

News from the International Digital Curation Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland

The following is a guest post by 2016-2017 NAL Fellow Jennifer Proctor: On my trip to this year’s International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), held in Edinburgh, Scotland, I had the opportunity to attend some excellent presentations. I particularly enjoyed “Rich Information Hides in Missing Data” by Dr. Maria Wolters, which discussed the value of looking for patterns in the absence… Read more »

New NAL Digital Exhibit Published by NAL Fellow

Digital Curation Fellow at the National Agricultural (NAL) Library Taira Sullivan recently published the digital online exhibit “How Did We Can?- The Evolution of Home Canning Practices.” This exhibit draws heavily on early to mid-twentieth century USDA resources and showcases the NAL’s extensive collection of historic materials related to home canning. Highlighted topics include the evolution of canning techniques and… Read more »

Archives Lab PI Receives IMLS Early Career Award

We are pleased to announce that Archives Lab PI Ricky Punzalan has received an IMLS Early Career Award! The project is called “Valuing Our Scans” and the description from the IMLS website is copied below: The University of Maryland will create and evaluate two user-centered assessment toolkits designed to generate information and feedback on the use of digitized Native American ethnographic… Read more »

Conference Report: IDCC 2016

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I had the privilege and pleasure of attending the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) last week in Amsterdam. At the conference, I presented a poster co-authored by myself and Ricky Punzalan entitled “Library-Mediated Data Curation Collaborations Examples from a National Library.” In this poster, we present findings from our work with the Knowledge Services Division at the National Agricultural Library…. Read more »

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, ( 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 »