• 5 Apr 2023 3:17 PM | Randa Lopez Morgan (Administrator)

    Ever wonder what goes into running a digital archive of agricultural literature from around the world? Representatives from AgEcon Search and agriRxiv will give overviews of their products and discuss the behind the scenes work that goes into managing them. Speakers will discuss the software platforms that they use and what their staff do to keep the archives up and running. They’ll also cover how they develop collection policies and promote their product to agricultural researchers. This webinar is hosted by the USAIN Agricultural Economics Research, Information, and Education (AERIE) IG.

    When: Apr 27, 2023 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Register in advance for this meeting: 

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. A link to the meeting recording (available for 6 months) will be shared with registrants.

    More about Speaker, argriRxiv, and AgEcon Search

    Erika Newton and agriRxiv

    Erika Newton is the Publisher for journals and research products at CABI, an international, inter-governmental, not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

    Erika oversees the growing journals portfolio and the preprint server agriRxiv, a free, open access source of unpublished preprints across the agricultural sciences. Founded in 2017 by Open Access India (OAI) and relaunched through CABI in collaboration with OAI, agriRxiv benefits from CABI’s expertise in agriculture and the environment, providing a sustainable new home for agricultural preprints.

    Linda Eells

    Linda Eells is an Associate Librarian and Head of Waite Library in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. She is a Co-Director of the AgEcon Search repository with research interests including scholarly communication and open access, most recently focused on diversity and equity issues inherent in the publishing ecosystem.

    Shannon Farrell

    Shannon Farrell is the Interim Research Data Services Librarian and Co-Director of AgEcon Search. Shannon leads the University Libraries' Research Data Services Team, which is a group that is focused on campus-wide education and consultation around data management and data sharing. She is also a scientific data curator for the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM) and Co-Director of AgEcon Search, an open access repository that houses scholarly research in the fields of agricultural and applied economics.

    AgEcon Search

    AgEcon Search (AES) is a free, open access permanent archive of the digital scholarly works of agricultural and applied economics researchers worldwide, providing stewardship, reliable long-term access, and broad dissemination. Initiated in 1995 as a cooperative project of the University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics and University of Minnesota Libraries with 50 papers, AES has evolved into an international resource with 180,000 papers with current and retrospective content in 15 languages from all over the world. Digitization projects have ensured the preservation and dissemination of thousands of research papers ranging from 1914 to the present. Our global reach is evident in the 15,000 daily visitors from over 170 countries, making us the largest free, digital library of literature in agricultural and applied economics in the world.

    Hope you can join us!

    Kendra Spahr and Livia Olsen

    AERIE IG Co-Conveners

  • 31 Mar 2023 12:40 PM | Randa Lopez Morgan (Administrator)

    The USAIN Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2023 USAIN Research Fellows Award. We look forward to hearing from you!

    A total of $4,000 in funding will be available to one or more USAIN members for financial support for conducting research on agricultural information. Examples of costs that could be covered by the award include (but are not limited to): transcription, travel to an institution for research, student worker support, etc. Funding requests may include up to 50% to be used towards the dissemination of USAIN Fellow research findings via conference fees or open access publishing. 

    To apply, please complete the attached application to:

    ·  outline your proposed research or project 

    ·  describe what support is needed 

    ·  provide a research support justification demonstrating how this award will benefit your research objectives (and possibly USAIN and the profession)

    ·  give preliminary ideas of where you plan to disseminate the outcome or results of your project

    Applications will be judged on the applicability of research to the USAIN mission, and adherence to application guidelines (see the rubric that is also attached).

    Deadline is Friday, April 14, 2023.

    Award recipients will be notified in June.

    Send the completed application via email to:

    Questions can be directed to Brad Brazzeal (, Andrea Kepsel (, Kristen Mastel (, or Kelly Weigand (

    Thank you for your interest in the USAIN Research Fellows Award!

    Research_Fellows_Rubric_for_Award_2023.docx (1) (1).pdf

    USAIN_Fellows_Application_2023 (002).docx

  • 30 Mar 2023 4:33 PM | Becky Miller (Administrator)

    Please join USAIN's AHIIG (Animal Health Information Interest Group) Monday, April 3rd at 2:00pm EDT for a special presentation. A panel of North Carolina Cooperative Extension professionals will discuss their work and take questions related to disaster preparedness with animals.

    Register and Submit Questions Here

    - AHIIG Chairs, Hillary Fox and Tisha Mentnech (NC State University)

  • 20 Mar 2023 12:14 PM | Megan Kocher (Administrator)

    Reconnect with USAIN! We’re gathering online during our non-conference year. You’re invited to join our virtual informal networking event Wed. April 12th from 3-4 pm EDT. Gather with colleagues in small groups to share experiences on a variety of aspects of librarianship. Give Nitty Gritty tips on how you actually get your job done, connect over similar Research interests, find out how USAIN actually works, and join in some casual fun. If you’re thinking of coming, register online and fill out the survey to let us know your preference for discussion topics.

    Event organizers: Helen Smith, Megan Kocher, Britt Foster, Kristen Mastel, Patricia Brandes, Suzanne Stapleton
  • 10 Mar 2023 12:24 PM | Randa Lopez Morgan (Administrator)

    The Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to present the slate of the 2023 USAIN Executive Council candidates for President-Elect, Secretary, and three Directors: 2023USAIN-election-FullBallot.pdf

    Please take some time to review the candidates’ biographies and personal statements.  You’ll receive your personal link to the electronic election ballot via SurveyMonkey next week; please be sure to check your junk mail folders.  

    The Committee identified two candidates for President-Elect, two for Treasurer, and four candidates for the three Director positions.  The ballot will also allow for write-in candidates.

    We thank all who are standing for election, and those who considered running. 


    Megan Kocher (Chair), Livia Olsen, Jessica Page, Luti Salisbury

    2023 USAIN Nominations and Elections Committee 


  • 29 Nov 2022 9:02 AM | Suzanne Stapleton (Administrator)

    Save the date and make plans to attend USAIN 2024 biennial conference hosted by Michigan State University! Exciting news is that the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries will gather together with USAIN the week of May 6th, 2024.

  • 7 Sep 2022 6:15 PM | Becky Miller (Administrator)

    The USAIN Agricultural Research Services Interest Group (ARSIG) is pleased to announce we will be hosting a webinar “Historic Yields: Making Old Agricultural Data New Again” presented by Sandi Caldrone of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  See the event details below.  The webinar will be recorded.

    All are welcome to attend! 

    Please direct any questions to IG co-conveners Sarah Williams ( and Maggie Albro (

    Historic Yields: Making Old Agricultural Data New Again

    Presented by Sandi Caldrone

    Wednesday, September 28

    1:00-2:00pm (Central)

    Meeting ID: 885 5797 9234  |  Password: 624479

    Webinar Description: Dusty annual reports, typewritten tables, random PDF files, and Excel trackers full of idiosyncratic notes and special formatting. How do we transform records like these into Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) data? Historical agricultural datasets present information professionals with a smorgasbord of digital preservation challenges. In this webinar, data librarian Sandi Caldrone walks you through her experiences with two such datasets – soybean tests dating back to 1941 and the Morrow Plots experiment dating back to 1876 – and the challenges, lessons learned, and old-fashioned team effort it takes to make historical data usable again. We will also make time for attendees to share their own experiences with historical data. Please feel free to bring an example to share.

    Sandi’s Bio: Sandi Caldrone is the librarian for the Research Data Service at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She leads education and outreach efforts for the service, and is particularly interested in transforming traditional workshops into self-guided learning experiences. Her research interests include data rescue, data visualization, and curating research datasets for classroom use. She previously worked for the Purdue University Libraries’ data repository where she curated a wide variety of datasets. Sandi earned her M.S. in Library and Information Science with a focus on data curation from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and also holds an M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Northern Illinois University.<</p>

    We hope to see you there!

  • 22 Aug 2022 9:25 AM | Suzanne Stapleton (Administrator)

    The recording of the Update on the USDA National Agricultural Library provided to USAIN by NAL Director, Paul Wester, Jr. on July 13, 2022 is now available (see link below). Bonus feature is Paul's premier TikTok on bagel baking!

    Update on USDA NAL [recording]

    Bagel making with Paul Wester

  • 25 Jul 2022 9:37 AM | Patricia Hartman (Administrator)

    The Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2022 USAIN Research Fellows Award. Kiri DeBose's proposal “Economic Analyses of the Impacts of Seasonal Heat Stress on Dairy Production,” has been approved and awarded $3,990. The committee noted the strength of library and faculty collaboration in the project, and learning opportunities for student workers assisting with the literature review and statistical analyses. In addition, this project is very timely as last year NOAA ranked 2021 as the 6th hottest year on record, and we are looking at that happening again this year.

    Congratulations to Kiri (and colleagues)! We look forward to hopefully hearing more about their research project at USAIN 2024 in Michigan!

    - USAIN Research Fellows Award committee members: Britt Foster, Brad Brazzeal, and Kristen Mastel

  • 12 Jul 2022 8:34 AM | Patricia Hartman (Administrator)
    We are pleased to invite USAIN members and friends to an Update on the USDA National Agricultural Library by Director Paul Wester, on Wednesday, July 13th at 3:00 pm Eastern. The zoom link for this presentation is There is no prior registration or fee to join. The session will be recorded and available to members unable to attend. 
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