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CTA. 1996. World directory. Spore 63. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Agricultural information resource centers: A world directory 1995 is an update to the original Directory which was published in 1990 but which soon became outdated particularly with regard to Central and Eastern Europe. The Directory includes 4,892...
Agricultural information resource centers: A world directory 1995 is an update to the original Directory which was published in 1990 but which soon became outdated particularly with regard to Central and Eastern Europe. The Directory includes 4,892 information resource centres in 171 countries that have agriculture-related collections or information services. Agriculture is treated in the broadest sense, ranging from production agriculture to basic research, and including related sciences and social sciences. Broad topics covered are: agribusiness; agricultural development, economics and engineering; animal husbandry; biotechnology; crops; education and extension; entomology; farming, fisheries and forestry; food sciences; horticulture; plants, pathology and protection; soil science; vegetables; veterinary medicine; and water resources. A glimpse at the subject index reveals that specific subjects, such as avocado, cocoa, hops, silkworms or wire-making, are also included. The Directory is organized alphabetically first by country and then by city and parent institution except for Australia, Canada, the People's Republic of China and the United States of America. These countries are divided by state or province and then by city and parent institution. The Country Contents follows the general Contents and includes numerous cross references to the differing forms of names. In addition to the City Index for Selected Countries, the Institution Index and the Subject Index provide numerous access points to the directory entries. The World Directory 1995 entries require little explanation. Each institution was asked to provide the following: name, former names, and acronyms of the information resource centre and its parent institution; type of institution; postal address; actual location if not the same; name and phone number of the head of the library/information centre; phone number for reference questions, electronic mail telex and fax numbers; amount of professional and other staff, size and main language of the collections and services; number of journal subscriptions; availability of an on-line public access catalogue (OPAC) on the Internet; subjects and special strengths of the collections or services unique in-house databases, databases on CDROM; database vendors used; loan service and photocopy policies; and networks or cooperative systems. English is the primary language of the directory although institution names in the official language of the country were also sought. Where these were provided only in the language of the country no attempt was made to translate the names into English, with the exception of Latin America. The Directory is the work of the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD) with some information provided by CTA, with whom this work has been co-published. Its publication is a milestone in the advancement of agricultural information transfer and improved communications between agricultural libraries and information centres worldwide. Agriculture libraries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific may request copies from CTA. Agricultural information resources centers A world directory 1995byJaneJohnson, Rita Fisher and Carol Boast ISBN 0 9624052 1 3 The database from which the Directory was printed is continually being updated Users of the Directory are invited to address their enquiries, or to provide specific current information to: IAALD World Directory Working Group 1347 Maple Avenue Twin Falls, ID83301, USA Tel: + 1 208 734 8349 Fax: + 1 208 734 3983 Email: carolbr@'uxl cso zinc edu janejohnson@)delphi corn fisher@wsu edu