Digitizing Rangelands: Providing Open Access to the Archives of Society for Range Management Journals

Author: 
Han, Yan
Pfander, Jeanne L.
Bracke, Marianne Stowell
Publisher: 
Wageningen Academic Publishers
Publication Year: 
2005
Description: 
The University of Arizona Library is a vital participant in the AgNIC Rangelands project and has contributed to the initiative in many ways. For example, in the mid-to-late 1990â s the Library digitized the backfiles of the Journal of Range Management for open access on the web. Funding and completing digitization projects such as this is a complicated process and requires many decisions along the way. This paper outlines the process taken by the Library to manage a more recent project to scan back issues of the journal Rangelands. It starts with the decision to develop a project plan and request funding from the National Agricultural Library (NAL). It continues on to describe negotiating agreements with project partners, the process for outsourcing of scanning, the design of the technical infrastructure needed to support digitized content, and issues of sustainability that any digital library encounters.
ISSN: 
10199926
Name of Journal: 
Quarterly Bulletin of the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists
Volume: 
50
Number: 
3/4
Pages: 
105-110
Resource Type: 
Text
Document Type: 
Journal Issue/Article
Non-AGROVOC Keywords: 
University of Arizona

The Rangelands West collection includes articles, websites, reports, and multimedia resources focused on issues relevant to the Western U.S.  Also included are resources emanating from the 19 land-grant universitires that are members of the Rangelands Partnership and made available throught their respective state Rangelands websites.