• 6 Jun 2018 4:32 PM | Kristen Mastel (Administrator)
    Service to the Profession: Debbie Currie
    Debbie is currently the Collections & Research Librarian for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the NCSU Libraries.  She arrived at NC State in 1997, after leaving her first professional position as the Agriculture Reference Librarian at Louisiana State University.  An undergraduate degree in agriculture along with with over ten years of experience as an equine genealogist in the renowned Kentucky Thoroughbred horse industry left her well placed to pursue a career in agricultural librarianship. For the past 25 years, Debbie has dedicated herself to advancing the field of agricultural information through active participation in three key agricultural information organizations: USAIN, the Agriculture Network Information Collaborative (AgNIC), and the International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD).  She served three terms on the USAIN Executive Council and co-chaired the 2001 USAIN Biennial Conference, was IAALD Officer and Editor for 10 years, and served three terms on the AgNIC Executive Board.  She led or contributed to many activities and initiatives associated with one or more of these organizations, including: chairing the 2018 USAIN Conference Contributed Papers & Posters Committee; Project Ceres, a collaboration among USAIN, AgNIC, and the Center for Research Libraries to support the retention and preservation of at risk print historical agricultural serials; and joint USAIN/IAALD conferences in 1997 and 2005.
    While many colleagues wrote testimonies of support, a few stand out. Amy Paster stated, “Debbie Currie has been a member of USAIN since 1995 when she was awarded a Conference Scholarship for Members New to USAIN or Agricultural Information. Currently she is an active member of the Preservation and Digital Library Committee... Debbie is also the Chair of the USAIN 2018 Contributed Papers and Posters Committee... Debbie prefers to work behind the scenes and quietly get things done.” Hilary Davis, Head of Collections at NCSU, wrote about the innovative and important work Debbie is doing around citizen science and data management: “These are both significant emerging areas for libraries to engage and make impact in the research community and Debbie has been at the forefront of both.” Kris Alpi, the director of the Veterinary Medicine Library at NCSU says, “Debbie has made tremendous efforts to have libraries seen as a key partner with other science outreach and extension efforts in helping practitioners and the public access current and historical agricultural information.”
    Student conference scholarship: Janis Joyce Shearer
    Janis ShearerJanis is currently enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota and plans to graduate in Spring 2019. Janis has a Master of Agriculture in Horticulture degree, and has been volunteering at the Andersen Horticultural Library, University of Minnesota.  She hopes to apply this horticultural information knowledge, research and interest in social justice to work in an agricultural governmental or academic library setting.
    New to the profession conference scholarship: Kendra Spahr

    Kendra SpahrKendra began her position as an Academic Services Librarian at Kansas State University in 2016, where she currently serves as liaison to the Department of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture. Previously she was the business and economics librarian at the University of Northern Colorado. Though experienced in the area of business librarianship, Kendra is new to both the area of agricultural information and to USAIN. She currently is working on a proposal with her department for a literature review for the Pet Food Sustainability Working Group.
    New to the profession conference scholarship: Renae Watson
    Renae WatsonRenae began her position as Science Liaison Librarian at Colorado State University in August 2017. She serves as the liaison to the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and Soil and Crop Sciences departments. Her interest in agricultural librarianship was piqued when she worked as a graduate assistant at University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Information Center. Not only did it familiarize her with agricultural resources, she also had the opportunity to engage in train-the-trainer information literacy programs for first-year Biology and Agriculture courses. In addition to her MLIS, Renae holds MAs in English Composition and in Education.
    Thank you to the Awards and Honors Committee for their work! (Kristen Mastel, chair; Patricia Hartman, Emily MacKenzie, and Lisa Vallen)
  • 8 May 2018 12:48 PM | Kristen Mastel (Administrator)

    Are you new to agricultural librarianship? Or maybe you've been around the proverbial block a time or two, but want to brush up on a couple of things and are looking for a place to get started.  Either way, you're in luck!  The Professional Development Committee released a new webpage on the USAIN site, "Ten Tips for New Agriculture Librarians" to help you out.  So take a look and you're sure to find some useful nuggets to add to your "how to be a phenomenal agricultural librarian" toolbox! 

  • 12 Mar 2018 1:05 PM | Anonymous

    Please take a look at Candidates Bios for the 2018 elections!


  • 21 Nov 2017 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    At every biennial conference, USAIN recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the organization and provides scholarships to students and librarians new to USAIN or agricultural information in order to further the interest of agricultural information professionals. The following USAIN awards are now accepting nominations:

    ·   Service to the Profession Award

    ·   Honorary Membership Award

    ·   Conference Scholarships for Members New to USAIN or Agricultural Information

    ·   Conference Scholarship for Students

    If you know someone who has gone above and beyond or has an interest in agricultural librarianship now is the time to nominate them. Self-nominations are also welcomed. Criteria for each award are attached to this e-mail. Hurry! The deadline is December 1st. 

    Thank you for your interest in the USAIN Scholarships and Awards.

    Calls for the Four USAIN Awards for 2017(1) (1).pdf
    USAIN Awards Committee 2017-2018
    Kristen Mastel (Chair), University of Minnesota; Patricia Hartman, Auburn University; Emily MacKenzie,McGill University; Lisa Vallen, University of California, Merced


  • 17 Mar 2017 10:07 AM | Valrie Minson

    The United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) joins with the Association of College and Research Libraries, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and other professional societies - both scientific and information-related - to support the continuation of uninterrupted, open access to all federally-produced and publicly-funded scientific information and data.

    For more information, see: USAIN Statement

  • 2 Dec 2016 11:50 AM | Valrie Minson

    The 2017 Hunger Report has been released. See Fragile Environments, Resilient Communities for the report and Interactive web site. The report includes domestic and international data tables.   

  • 29 Nov 2016 12:18 PM | Valrie Minson

    ‘The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures – are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities. EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change.’

    For a free copy, send a request to EPA’s Climate Change Indicators Team at  

  • 28 Nov 2016 2:08 PM | Valrie Minson

    The Board of Trustees of Purdue University recently approved Marianne Stowell Bracke from promotion to full profession.  

  • 24 Nov 2016 2:09 PM | Valrie Minson

    USAIN member, Valerie Perry, from University of Kentucky, is one of 5 mid-career librarians recently named as a 2016 SLA Fellow.

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