JLIS abstracts


RAMA TIRTH. National Agricultural Library. 3,1;1978; 38-54

Traces the history and development of the National Agricultural Library of the United States Department of Agriculture. Describes the growth of its excellent collections and its superior library services; classification and cataloguing etc.; successions of eminent librarians and directors; its designation in 1962 as the National Agricultural Library; occupation of the new building in 1969; commitment to agricultural information work, and in pursuance of this goal, its, various efforts in developing and using modern methods of information technology; Bibliography of Agriculture and other valuable publications of the Library; special cataloguing and indexing system (CAIN); Agricultural Sciences Information Network (ASIN); role in national and international cooperative efforts. Notes the NAL's gradual acquisition of the status of the leadership in the field of agricultural information communication.