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Webinar on Understanding Historic U.S. Department of Agriculture Publications

1 Aug 2023 3:25 PM | Randa Lopez Morgan (Administrator)

The USAIN Professional Development Committee would like to announce this upcoming webinar to be presented by two of our members.

Understanding Historic U.S. Department of Agriculture Publications

The importance of government publications in the field of agriculture cannot be understated. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) continually publishes information aimed at farmers, consumers, and the general public. However, these myriad resources can prove challenging to identify and locate. While more information is online now, the difficulties of identifying and locating these agricultural documents are still present.

This webinar will provide an overview of historical resources from the USDA’s research-producing entities. It will connect librarians to these resources by recommending access points and defining certain publications’ limitations. We aim to acquaint agriculture librarians with federal publication distribution processes and introduce newer librarians to publications’ applicability to various reference interactions. We will provide opportunities for experienced librarians to contribute their tips for accessing this type of information and hope to increase everyone's confidence in locating USDA publications.

Learning Objective(s):

● Understand basic government publication organization and access

● Identify notable USDA publications and where to find them

● Understand key USDA subject areas and their publications

● Explore ongoing and developing issues with federal agricultural information

A link to a recording will be sent out following the session to attendees that register.

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2023, 2-3pm EDT


● Helen Smith, Agricultural Sciences Librarian, Penn State University

● Jen Kirk, Government Information Librarian, Utah State University

Please complete this brief Google form to receive the registration link or recording.

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