Agricultural Telecommunications 2002

Proposal 6.3 / 800730118

Project Summary:

Title of Project:Developing Advanced Web Delivery of Rangelands and Natural Resources Information: An AgNIC Project
Project Director:Carla Long Casler
Applicant Organization:Office of Arid Lands Studies

A regional Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC) partnership involving thirteen Western 
land-grant universities under the lead of the University of Arizona (UA) will develop an advanced 
technical foundation for improved delivery of rangelands and natural resources information and 
programming via the web, targeting resources for typically underserved populations such as 
small-scale landholders as well as agency and other private land managers, researchers, and 
students.  This will involve establishing "repository" status within the national AgNIC system 
whereby the UA will develop and maintain a metadata database which accommodates both data 
entry from the western partners and the capability to interface with the main AgNIC gateway 
database currently housed at Cornell. Each partner institution also will: (a) identify and develop 
rangelands and natural resources information and programming on the Arizona model 
[]; and (b) make the resources available through the 
regional rangelands web site and AgNIC database.  Finally, the project will provide training 
materials and a training workshop for regional library and extension partners in metadata 
applications.  Partners will incorporate the web resources developed into established extension 
programming and will demonstrate the final web product at Cooperative Extension and library 
meetings throughout the Western U.S. 

Authorized Organizational Representative:

Name:James E. Cook
Phone Number:520/621-7902
FAX Number:520/621-3816
Address:Office of Arid Lands Studies
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85719-5224
IRS Number:86-6004791
Congressional District Number:Fifth
Period of Proposed Project Dates2002/10/01 to 2003/09/30

Principal Investigator / Project Director #1:

Name:Carla Long Casler
Phone Number:520/621-8571
FAX Number:520/621-3816
Address:Office of Arid Lands Studies, CALS
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85719-5224
Curriculum Vitae:
Carla Long Casler
Research Librarian
Arid Lands Information Center
Office of Arid Lands Studies
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721
(520) 621-8571

1981		Indiana University.  Master of Library and Information Science.
1973		Indiana University.  Bachelor of Arts.

The University of Arizona  
Office of Arid Lands Studies 
Arid Lands Information Center 
1988-present. Research Librarian. Conduct database searches for projects, manage collection, 
conduct training, supervise interns, develop web sites, write proposals, answer reference 
questions.  Developed and supervised project to create a web site of resources on soils, Soils 
Arid Regions of the U.S. and Israel,  Coordinated project 
create web site on watershed management, Watershed Management in the Southwest,  Developed and conducted short-term 
training programs on library management and library technology for librarians from Saudi 
and Kenya.

1985-1986. Research Associate. Developed and coordinated Yemen Documentation and 
Learning Resource Center Technical Training Program for three students from Yemen Arab 
Republic. Managed project converting Arid Lands Development Abstracts from the original 
Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux format to AGRICOLA MARC format. 
The University of Arizona 
University Library 
1987. Business and Humanities Librarian. Provided reference service. Conducted bibliographic 
instruction in business, marketing, journalism, and literature. Responsible for evaluating journal 
titles in law and linguistics for Serials Review Project. Revised departmental training program 
librarians and graduate assistants. 
1981-82. Orientation Librarian. Coordinated library instruction system?wide and conducted 
bibliographic instruction for many university departments. Provided reference service in the 
Science?Engineering Library. Compiled "Glossary of Library Terms" for foreign students.


2000   Trainer for Short Term Library Technology Program for librarian from Egerton University 
Library, Kenya

1998  Trainer for Short Term Library Management Program for Saudi Aramco.

1991  Training Consultant, Documentaliste, INRAN, Niamey, Niger.

1988  Provided backstopping support for the National Agricultural Research  Project (NARP) 
component for developing a National Agricultural Library in Egypt.

1985  Conducted Yemen Documentation and Learning Resource Center Technical Training 

1980  Library Assistant.  American Embassy Library, Warsaw, Poland.

1997  "A demonstration of the Arizona AgNIC Website on Rangeland Management," poster 
presented jointly with B. Hutchinson, M. Haseltine, and K. Waser at the International 
Symposium and Workshop on Combating Desertification: Connecting Science with 
Action, October 1997
1997  "Designing a Web Resource on Aridic Soils of Israel and the U.S.,"  poster presented at 
the USAIN/IAALD Joint Conference, April 1997.

1994   "Access to Information on Desertification: Using Technology and Non-Traditional 
Resources." paper presented jointly with B. Hutchinson and  M. Haseltine to the International 
Symposium and Workshop on Desertification in Developed Countries,  October 1994.

1994   "A Demonstration of CD-ROM Databases and Internet Access to Information on 
Desertification" poster session presented jointly with M. Haseltine to the International 
Symposium and Workshop on Desertification in Developed Countries, October 1994.


forthcoming.  "Soils," Carla Long Casler and Karl Schneider, in Using Agriculture Literature, 
edited by Barbara Hutchinson and Antoinette Greider. Marcel Dekker. 

forthcoming.  "Comparing AGRICOLA by Vendor," Carla Long Casler, Eileen Herring, Helen 
Smith, Heather Moberly, Susan Flood, Valerie Perry, and Karl Schneider, Journal of 
& Food Information.

1996.  "Food Science Technology Abstracts: a database review, " Barbara Hutchinson and 
Carla Long Casler,  Journal of Agricultural & Food Information, v. 3, no. 3, p 79-87. 

1993. "Sustainable Agriculture: A Guide to Information Sources," Barbara Hutchinson, Jodee 
Kawasaki, Carla Long Casler, Arid Lands Newsletter, vol. 33 Spring/Summer, p. 6-19. 

1992. Famine Mitigation Bibliography: With Special Emphasis on Ethiopia, Sudan and Angola. 
B. Hutchinson, K. Johnson, M. Haseltine, and C. Casler, eds. Washington, DC: Office of 
Foreign Disaster Assistance,  245 pp.


2000-2004  Board of Directors, United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN)
1999-2002  United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN),  Chair, Communications 
Committee, and Convener, AGRICOLA Interest Group.
1998-2000  Advisory Board, School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of 
1998-1999  Nominating Committee, Food, Agriculture and Nutrition Division of the Special 
Libraries Association.
1996-1997  Conference Coordinator for USAIN/IAALD Joint Conference, "The Information 
Frontier: Linking People and Resources in a Changing World," April 3-5, 1997. 	
1992  Co-Organizer for Arizona Chapter of the  Special Libraries Association two-day 
"Living in the Desert: Issues and Information Sources.
1990-1991  Program Committee for Arizona State Library Association/Mountain Plains Library 
Association/Arizona Educational Media Association conference.  Developed programs on 
working with disabled patrons, Americans with Disabilities Act, and alternative careers for 
1990-1991  Tucson Networking Chair for Arizona Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.

Principal Investigator / Project Director #2:

Name:Barbara S. Hutchinson
Phone Number:520/621-8578
FAX Number:520/621-3816
Address:Office of Arid Lands Studies, CALS
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85719-5224
Curriculum Vitae:
Barbara S. Hutchinson
Director and Librarian
Arid Lands Information Center
Office of Arid Lands Studies
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The University of Arizona

1955 E. Sixth Street
Tucson, Arizona 85719


University of Arizona, Tucson	M.L.S.		1982	Masters in Library Science
University of California, Riverside	B.A.		1972	History, Teacher's 
Riverside City College, Riverside, California	1970	English major, transferred


 1985-88		Manager, Arid Lands Information Center, OALS, University of Arizona, 
Tucson.  Supervisor: Dr. Kennith Foster. 

1988-89		Manager, Research Support Office, Office of the Vice President for 
Research, University of Arizona, Tucson.  Supervisor: Mr. Charles Peyton, Associate Vice 
President for Research. 

July 1989-	Director and Librarian, Arid Lands Information Center (ALIC). 		
Present		Office of Arid Lands Studies (OALS), College of Agriculture, University of 
Arizona, Tucson.  Supervisor: Dr. Kennith Foster.

Selected Honors and Awards

	1999	National Agricultural Library Travel Grant to attend Agriculture Network 
Information Center (AgNIC) Coordinating Committee Meeting, March
	1998	USDA Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Leadership in the 
Development of AgNIC; National Agricultural Library Visiting Scholar Award - $10,000
	1995	Received Continuing Status and Promotion to Full Librarian
	1972	Elected to Phi Beta Kappa
	1972	Graduated from U.C.R., Magna Cum Laude

Selected Consulting

October 2001:  Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.  Duties included:  Conducting intensive 
library systems evaluation and preparing a report of recommendations for the President of the 
Foundation.  Ardmore, Oklahoma.

February 2000: Farmer to Farmer Program.  Duties included: Library system evaluation and 
training in the use of The Essential Electronic Agriculture Library (TEEAL). Egerton University, 
Njoro, Kenya

July 1999: Colorado River Indian Tribes, Parker, Arizona. Duties included: Evaluation of library 
and archive services, collection, and facility.

January - February 1999:  Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Madras, 
India, and the World Bank.  Duties included:  Evaluation of existing library services, facility, 
personnel for the purpose of creating a long range plan for improving overall library programs.

January - February 1997:  Malawi Ministry of Research and Environmental Affairs.  Duties 
included:  assessing current state of environmental information access in Malawi as part of an 
effort to design an Environmental Information System for the country.

Selected Committees and Service

2000	Member, Blue Ribbon Panel to review the programs and services of the U.S. National 
Agricultural Library (appointed)
2000	Member of Arizona Statewide Library Development Commission (invited)
1999+	Chair, AgNIC Task Force on Technical Requirements for Information Retrieval 
1998-01	Elected President of the U.S. Agricultural Information Network (USAIN)
1995-97	Chair, USAIN/IAALD 1997 International Conference (included fundraising, selecting 
keynote speakers, organizing pre-conference workshops, and overall administration)

Selected Publications 

Baker, M., B. Hutchinson, E. Pfirman, and M. Haseltine.  2001. Management of Arid and 
Semi-Arid Watersheds: Decision-Making Tools and Technology Transfer. Hydrology and Water 
Resources in Arizona and the Southwest.  Vol. 31, pp. 7-12. 

Hutchinson, B. S.  The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL): A tool for agricultural 
education and research in developing countries (a case study).  2002.  Journal for the 
Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education 9(1): 93-99.

Hutchinson, B. and G. Ruyle.  2000.  Wired without the Barbs: Using the Web for Rangeland 
Information.  Rangelands 22(6): 19-22.

Hutchinson, B. and G. Ruyle.  Partnering for Better Management of Western Rangelands: 
web technologies to get the word out.  Submitted to the Journal of Agricultural and Food 
Literature (in press).

Timmermann, B.N., G. Wachter, S. Valcic, B. Hutchinson, et al.  2000.  The Latin American 
ICBG: the first five years.  Pharmaceutical Biology 37(Supplement):35-54.

Principal Investigator / Project Director #3:

Name:Marianne Stowell Bracke
Phone Number:520/621-4612
FAX Number:520/621-3816
Address:Science-Engineering Library
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Curriculum Vitae:
Marianne Stowell Bracke

Degrees Awarded:
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  M.S. in Library and Information Science, 1995 
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  B.A. in History (with distinction), Minor in 
Women's Studies, 
1989 - 1993

Assistant Librarian, Science and Engineering Team, University of Arizona Libraries.  November 
2000 to present.
Key work responsibilities:
	Departmental Responsibilities: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agricultural 
Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Speech and Hearing Sciences
	Establish and maintain ongoing connections with students, faculty, researchers, and 
staff in assigned departments
	Identify, evaluate, and select information resources for purchase or access in the 
following LC subject classes: R, TT, and TX 1-340
	Develop and provide library education, course-related instruction, and other 
specialized educational sessions
	Develop and maintain in-depth subject knowledge of information resources and 
in-depth reference and consultations
	Participate in reference desk service at the Main Library reference desk and in the 
new Information Commons in Spring 2002
	Participate in AgNIC activities, including supervising a student worker and locating 
new items to add to the "Hot Topics" section of the website
	Develop and maintain an MS Access database to track results from the SEL 
reference survey 

Cross-functional Teams:
Information Literacy Team, 2001 -
Reference Action Planning Team, Spring 2001 
Virtual Reference Project Team, Team Leader, 2001 -	
AgNIC Steering Committee, 2001 -

Life Sciences Librarian, University of Houston Libraries.  July 1998 - November 2000
Key work responsibilities:
	Departmental and Collection Responsibilities: Biology, Biophysical Sciences, 
Science, Communication Disorders, and Women's Studies
	Established and maintained relationships with faculty, researchers, and staff in 
assigned departments
	Identified, evaluated, and selected information resources for purchase or access in 
assigned departments
	Creator and sole administrator of a funded pilot project to facilitate speedier 
delivery for Biology and Biochemistry faculty
	Instructed both undergraduates and graduates in the use of the science resources
	Trained library staff on general and life science resources
	Participated in reference desk service at the general reference desk 
	Co-moderated PACS-L (Public-Access Computer Systems Forum Listserv)
Information Skills Program Librarian, University of Houston Libraries.  September 1999 - 
November 2000
Key work responsibilities:
	Assist the Coordinator of Library Instruction with all aspects of the Information Skills 
Program, including content development, outreach on and off campus, marketing, internal 
training, website content, and class instruction
	Taught walk-in workshops, such as introduction to research, basic and advanced 
searching, and catalog searching, as well as course-integrated instruction in English, 
psychology, education, political science, and social work.
	Provided in-depth, one-on-one instruction to undergraduate students during "drop-in" 
research help sessions held during peak times of the semester
	Maintained two library classrooms, ensuring all computer equipment and projectors 
were functioning 

Reference Librarian, Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences Library (ACES), 
University of Illinois Libraries.   August 1997 - June 1998

Key work responsibilities:
	Departmental and Collection Responsibilities: Food Science & Human Nutrition and 
Human & Community Development
	Coordinated all reference activities, including scheduling 3 librarians and 4 graduate 
	Developed instructional materials for ACES 100, a required course for all students in 
the ACES College
	Supervised and trained 4 graduate assistants 
	Updated and maintained the library's website
	Migrated and maintained 3 local databases from Inmagic software to MS Access 
	Catalogued College of ACES graduate theses


Nominated and selected for excellence in teaching to participate as one of twenty University of 
Arizona faculty members in the Wakonse Conference on College Teaching, May 17 - 20, 2001.

Intramural Service:
AgNIC Western Regional Rangelands Workshop Planning Committee.  University of Arizona. 
Spring 2002
Committee on Committees.  University of Arizona.  Fall 2001 -
Wildcat Welcome.  ASK ME Volunteer.  University of Arizona.  Fall 2001
Daughters on Campus Day.  Instructor of a Web Searching Class.  University of Arizona.  
Spring 2001
Cougar First Impressions.  Volunteer.  University of Houston.  Fall 1998, 1999, 2000
Travel Committee.  Chair.  University of Houston Library.  August 1999 - November 2000
Collection Management Committee.  Member.  University of Houston Library.  August 1999 - 
May 2000
Materials Budget Allocation Taskforce.  Member.  University of Houston Library.  July 1999 - 
May 2000
Committee on Committees and Elections.  Member.  University of Houston Library.  August 
1999 - November 2000
Search Committee for Digital Services Coordinator.  Member.  University of Houston Library.  
October 1999 - September 2000
Student Publications Committee.  Member.  University of Houston.  September 1999 - 
November 2000
Collection Development Committee.  Intern.  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  1997 - 

Extramural Service:
American Library Association, 1996 -
Reference and User Services Association, Machine-Assisted Reference Section, 2001 -
	Education, Training, and Support Committee, 2002 -- 2004
Association of College and Research Libraries, Instruction Section, 1998 -
	Emerging Technologies in Instruction Committee, 2000 - 2002
Association of College and Research Libraries, Science and Technology Section, 1998 -
	Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural Sciences, 1999 - 2003
E-STREAMS (Electronic Reviews of Science & Technology References covering Engineering, 
Agriculture, Medicine and Science), reviewer 1998 - 2000
Library Journal, reviewer 1998 - 

Bracke, Marianne Stowell and Lori Critz.  "Re-envisioning Instruction for the Electronic 
Environment of a 21st Century Science-Engineering Library."  Science & Technology Libraries. 
(2001) Vol. 20, No. 2/3, p.97-106. (Refereed)

Bracke, Marianne Stowell and Diane Gwamanda.  "Document Delivery by Individual Selectors." 
The Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Information Supply.  (2002) Vol. 12, No. 
(Refereed, in press)

Bracke, Marianne Stowell and Paul Bracke.  "Selected Web Resources in the History of 
Science."  Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship.  (Winter 1999) Vol. 21 
( (Non-refereed. 50% contribution, 
listing is alphabetical)

Bracke, Marianne Stowell.  "The Dirt Under Your Feet: A Brief History and Future of Soil 
Surveys."  Bulletin of the SLA Map and Geography Division.  (Summer 1997) Vol. 186, 

Principal Investigator / Project Director #4:

Name:Robert MacArthur
Phone Number:520/621-2489
FAX Number:
Address:Educational Communications and Technologies, CALS
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Curriculum Vitae:
Robert MacArthur
College of Agriculture
University of Arizona 
Tucson, Az. 85721
(520) 621-2489

Personal Data
Date of Birth: June 26,1945
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois


Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois, 2/67
Certificat de Presence, Sorbonne - Paris, France, 6/67 
Ph.D in History, University of Arizona, 6/76

Professional Experience

8/93 - present: University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona
	Coordinator of networking, Web, and database activities for the College of Agriculture 
and Life Sciences.  Responsible for college servers, and a statewide TCP/IP network, with 
multiple feeder LANs that supports administrative and research-based applications and 
	Academic Appointment - School of Renewable Natural Resources - teaching and 
research in geographic information systems (GIS), spatial data modeling, 3D visualization

8/91 - 8/93: University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona.
Associate Director Advanced Resource Technology (ART) program in the School of Renewable 
Natural Resources.  ART is the college's center for natural resources management using 
remote sensing, geographic information systems, and artificial intelligence for spatial modeling 

7/85 - 7/91:	University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Director of Computer Applications, College of Agriculture.  Micro manager for 600 
microcomputers including systems planning, network implementation, and general consulting.

Teaching Experience

1992 to present, Renewable Natural Resources 271 - Computers in Natural Resource 
Management.  Basic computer instruction for natural resource majors, including remote 
sensing, geographic information systems, GPS, and artificial intelligence.

Papers and Presentations

Chapter in pending textbook for an environmental monitoring course, "Geographic Mapping of 
Natural Resources".
"Building Community GIS Educational Applications", ESRI International User Conference, San 
Diego, July, 2001
"Building a State Repository of Agricultural Data", 2nd International Conference for Geospatial 
Information in Agriculture and Forestry, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, January, 2000. 
"Building Landscape Visualizations for Instruction", ESRI International User Conference, San 
Diego, June 2000
"The Southwest Project - Using University Research Data in K-16 Education", Conference on 
Remote Sensing Education, ASPRS/NASA, Boulder, Colorado, July, 1999  
"The Southwest Project: A University of Arizona Learning Experiment", presented to NLII 
conference of EDUCOM, New Orleans, February 1999
"Communities of Learning Benefit from GIS/LIS", presented to GIS/LIS '98, Fort Worth, Texas, 
November 1998.
"Integrating Natural Resource Data into Instructional Applications", presented to 7th 
International Conference on Computers in Agriculture, ASAE, Orlando, October 1998. 
"The Southwest Project - an Example of a Collaborative Outreach Project" presented to 
Extension Technology Conference, St Louis, June 1998.
"Using Natural Resource Data in a Broad Educational Context", paper presented to American 
Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing-RTI Annual Conference, Tampa, April 1998
"Using University Research Data in a K12 Environment " presentation to Teaching and 
Technology Conference, Phoenix, January 1998, repeated to Microcomputers in Education, 
Phoenix, March 1998 
Paper, "Natural Resource Management and the New Internet-Based Technology", Resource 
Technology '97 Proceedings, April 7 to 10, 1997
Presentation, "Using GIS to Distribute Educational Materials", Southwest ArcInfo Users Group 
Conference, Flagstaff, AZ, November 12-13, 1997.  

Principal Investigator / Project Director #5:

Name:Sheila D. Merrigan
Phone Number:520/626-6543
FAX Number:
Address:Cooperative Extension
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Curriculum Vitae:
Sheila D. Merrigan
Information Resources Program Coordinator
Cooperative Extension
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721


August 1995	M.L.S.  Library Science, University of Arizona, Tucson.  Included an 
Internship at Arid Lands Information Center.  

August 1987	M.S.  Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas Tech University, Lubbock.  
on conservation and management of natural resources.

May 1983	B.S.  Forest Products, Business Option, University of Idaho, Moscow. 

December 1983	B.S.  Forest Resources, Management Option, University of Idaho, Moscow. 

May 1980	A.S.  Nebraska Western College, Scottsbluff.  Course emphasis in science 
and mathematics.  


2000 - present	Information Resources Program Coordinator.  University of Arizona, 
Cooperative Extension, Tucson, Arizona

1999 - 2000	Reference Librarian.  George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

1999 - 2000	Administrative Manual Human Resources Web Site Coordinator.  
Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of 
Washington DC/Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

1997 - 1999	Information Resources Program Coordinator.  University of Arizona, 
Cooperative Extension, Tucson, Arizona

1996 - 1998	Research/Information Specialist.  University of Arizona, Council for 
Environmental Studies, Pesticide Information and Training Office, Tucson, Arizona

1996-1997	Library Manager. University of Arizona, Udall Center for Public Policy, 
Tucson, Arizona. 

1995-1996	Librarian.  California Coastal Commission, San Francisco, California

1990-1995	Research/Information Specialist.  University of Arizona, Council for 
Environmental Studies, Pesticide Information and Training Office, Tucson, Arizona

1988-1989	Research Assistant.  Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

1985-1987	Development Prospect Researcher.  Texas Tech University Office of 
Development, Lubbock, Texas

1983-1985	Library Assistant IV.  Texas Tech University Library, Lubbock, Texas


Merrigan, S.D. and T. McKimmie.  In Press.  Grey Literature and Extension Resources.  In 
Hutchinson, B. and A. Greider (editors), Using the Agricultural, Environmental, and Food 
Literature.  Marcel Dekker, Inc. New York, NY.

Merrigan, S.D.  2002.  Grant Seeking.  Family Skills Workshop, 22 February 2002, San Carlos 
Indian Reservation.  Two-hour presentation.

Merrigan, S.D. 2001.  Building Web Sites Using Dreamweaver.  December 18, 2001, Tucson, 
Arizona.  Five-hour hands-on  workshop. 

Merrigan, S.D. 2001 Grant Seeking Workshop, 29-30 October 2001, Tucson, Arizona.  
Organized two-day workshop and delivered a two-hour presentation on proposal sections.    
Huchinson, B., D. Jones, and S.D. Merrigan.  AgNIC Presentation to Arizona Farm Bureau, 13 
September 2001, Phoenix, Arizona.  45-minute presentation.  


The University of Arizona 1998 Team Award for Excellence.  Awarded to the UAInfo Advisory 
Council & Implementation Team 15 April 1998.  

University of Arizona, College of Agriculture, 1997 Second Quarter Idea Award.  Awarded 15 
July 1997.


International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists (IAALD)
Special Library Association
United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN)

Principal Investigator / Project Director #6:

Name:Jeanne L. Pfander
Phone Number:520/621-6375
FAX Number:
Address:Science-Engineering Team
The University of Arizona Library
Tucson, AZ 85721
Curriculum Vitae:
Associate Librarian
Science-Engineering Team
University of Arizona Library
phone: (520) 621-6375; email:


University of Missouri, Master of Arts, Library Science, August 1979 
Stephens College, Bachelor of Arts, Biology, December 1976 


Associate Librarian, Science-Engineering Team, University of Arizona Library, July 1982 - 

Biological Sciences Librarian, Oklahoma State University Library, January 1980 - June 1982. 


Serving as liaison to College of Agriculture departments such as Animal Science, Entomology, 
and Veterinary Science / Microbiology. 

Managing and participating in collaborative projects, such as the Arizona AgNIC Rangeland 
Management Project and the Journal of Insect Science E-Journal Project. 

Developing and conducting instructional sessions in library research, information management, 
critical thinking and computer skills. 

Developing research guides, both paper and web-based. 

Selecting information resources for the Library collection and managing assigned subject area 

Providing reference assistance at the Science Reference desk, via email or by appointment (for 
in-depth, subject-specific questions). 

Supervising staff and/or students on a project by project basis. 


Grant Proposals 

The Arizona Electronic Atlas Project: World Wide Web Access to Arizona Maps. Principle 
Investigator - Chris Kollen, University of Arizona Library. (I contributed ~10% to the 
of this proposal and will serve as a project team member.) Funded to begin December 2001.

Increasing the Availability of Electronic Information in Rural America: Proposal for a USDA 
for Rural America Center Planning Grant. Principal Investigator - Pam Andre, National 
Agricultural Library. (Hutchinson, Pfander, and Jones of UA contributed to the development of 
this proposal.) Submitted March 1997. Funded. 

Enhancing the Arizona AgNIC Model: Agricultural Information on the Web. Proposal for a 
CREES Telecommunications grant. Co-Principal Investigators - Barbara Hutchinson, George 
Ruyle, and Jeanne Pfander. Submitted July 1996. Funded. 

Develop More Advanced Approaches to Disseminating Electronic Information: Arizona AgNIC. 
An agreement with the USDA ARS, National Agricultural Library. Co-Principal Investigators - 
Carla Stoffle, Doug Jones, Barbara Hutchinson, and Jeanne Pfander. October 1995. Funded. 

Selected Presentations and Publications

Pfander, J.L. "Growing an E-Journal: The University of Arizona Experience". Presented at the 
USAIN Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, April 23, 2001.

Pfander, J.L. and Macha, C. "Tooling Up: Preparing Librarians for New Pedagogical 
Presented at the LOEX (Library Orientation Exchange) of the West Conference,
Bozeman, Montana, June 7-10, 2000. 

Pfander, J.L. "Meeting Rangeland Information Needs through a Web-based Reference Service: 
The Arizona AgNIC Experience." Presented at the U.S. Agricultural Information Network 
(USAIN) Conference, Manhattan, Kansas, April 22-23, 1999. 

Pfander, J.L., Hutchinson, B.S. and Ruyle, G.B. "Home on the Cyber-Range: Creating a 
Web-Based Information Center for Rangeland Resources." Presented at the Arizona Library 
Association Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, November 6, 1997. 

Arizona AgNIC presentations & poster sessions. Presented (with Hutchinson, Ruyle, and/or 
McClaran) numerous times during 1996-1999 to groups such as the Arizona Farm Bureau,
the Arizona AgriBusiness Council, and the Western Council for Agricultural Research, 
Extension and Teaching (WCARET), etc. 

Pfander, J.L., Jones, D.E. and Hutchinson, B.S. 1993. Monitoring and Managing the 
Resources of Hot Desert Rangeland Ecosytems. in Proceedings of the Symposium of 
Vegetation Management of Hot Desert Rangeland Ecosystems, pp. 53-60, Phoenix, Arizona. 

Principal Investigator / Project Director #7:

Name:George B. Ruyle
Phone Number:520/621-1384
FAX Number:
Address:Rangeland and Forest Resources, SRNR
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Curriculum Vitae:
George B. Ruyle

Professor and Extension Specialist, Range Management

Program Chair, Rangeland and Forest Resources

School of Renewable Natural Resources
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721

Chronology of Education

University	Major	Dates	Degree

Arizona State University	Environmental Agriculture	1974 - 1977	B.S.

University of California, Berkeley	Range Management	1977 - 1979	M.S.
Utah State University		Range Science	1980 - 1983	Ph.D.

Chronology of Employment

1998 - present	Professor and Extension Specialist, Range Management
1996 - present	Program Chair, Rangeland and Forest Resources, School of Renewable 
Natural Resources, The University of Arizona
1989 - 1998	Associate Extension Specialist, Range Management, The University of 
1990	Adjunct Professor, Gerald Thomas Chair for Sustainable Agriculture, New Mexico 
State University (Sabbatical).
1983-1989	Assistant Range Management Extension Specialist and Assistant 
Scientist, The University of Arizona
1980-1983	Research Assistant, Utah State University
1979-1980	Post-graduate Research Range Ecologist, University of California, Davis
1977-1979	Research Assistant, University of California, Berkeley

Selected Service

2001	Ranch Conservation Technical Advisory Team, Pima County Sonoran Desert 
Conservation Plan 
2001	Arizona State Range Task Group 
2000 	Governor's Rangeland Technical Advisory Council
2000	Rangeland Resource Team, Bureau of Land Management
1999	Peer Review Panel, EPA, Regional Scale Analysis and Assessment, Science to 
Achieve Results program research grants, Washington, DC 
1999	Expert Review Panel for the USAIN/NEH Project to Preserve the Literature of 
Agriculture and Rural Life between 1820-1945 
1994 	Agriculture, Trade, and the Environment Task Group, Office of Technology 
Assessment, U.S. Congress, Washington, D.C.
1992	Reviewer, National Academy of Sciences BOSTID Proposals
1991	Review Panel, U.S.D.A. Competitive Grants Program, Sustainable Agriculture and 
Education, San Francisco

1989-94 Committee on Rangeland Classification, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, 

Professional Society (Society for Range Management)


1989-93	Task Group on Unity in Range Condition Terms and Concepts
1989	Range Condition and Trend Subcommittee (Chair)
1989	Public Affairs Committee
1990-93 	Associate Editor, Rangelands
1992-94	Advisory Council
1992-95	Research Affairs Committee
1995-1998	Rangeland Assessment and Monitoring Committee
1995-1998	Accreditation Committee
1998-present	Finance Committee


1991	Vice President
1992	President-elect
1993	President
1994	Past President

Honors and Awards

Fellow Award, Society for Range Management
Certified Professional in Range Management

Description of the Agricultural Communication Network Project:

  1. Project Objectives: Explain how the Project relates to the Program Objective(s) and how the Projgect will contribute to achieving these over-all Program Objective(s).
    Rangelands, sometimes called grasslands, are the most extensive land form on earth and are 
    critical source of water, wildlife habitat, and open-space recreational opportunities. World-wide, 
    they also provide over half of the forage for domestic ruminants (from  The AgNIC Western Rangelands Partnership seeks to 
    make optimal use of rangelands and natural resources information and decision-making tools 
    well as professional expertise for agricultural extension, resident education, and research  - 
    sharing these resources not only among the thirteen participating land-grant institutions, but 
    with the world, by means of the World Wide Web.  In addition, these electronic resources will 
    be incorporated into existing Extension and library programming by the project participants, 
    both to alert potential clientele to their existence, and to provide training in their use for the 
    widest and most practical benefit.  
    The increased availability of rangelands information by means of this regional information 
    system will also directly enhance the ability of United States agriculture to respond to 
    environmental concerns, specifically those focused on rangelands and related natural 
    that are key to life and livelihoods in the western U.S. Topics to be further developed at both 
    state-specific and regional levels include wildlife and endangered species, water and riparian 
    areas, mining and fossil fuels, recreation and wilderness uses, grazing on public lands, forests 
    and logging, invasive species, fire, and rangeland urban/rural transition.  By informing the public 
    of the complex nature of these issues, this web-based resource will contribute to citizens and 
    land managers making better decisions at both the local and national policy levels.
    Although the project will primarily target the two program objectives outlined above, the 
    proposed web-based resource also will contribute to another of the stated objectives.  Through 
    the multiple-partner, interdisciplinary model already in place and the planned outreach activities 
    including existing extension programming and presentations  at professional meetings of 
    rangelands, extension, and library professionals, the project will also facilitate interactions 
    among leading agricultural scientists and experts in rangelands management.  Targeted 
    include university and college research and teaching faculty, extension personnel, other 
    government and non-governmental experts, and librarians. 
    The overall project goal is to strengthen the newly established AgNIC Western Rangelands 
    Partnership by providing it with the  technical foundation to operate as a repository for the 
    national AgNIC system and to allow quick access to quality state-specific and regional 
    rangelands and natural resources information targeted for a broad and diverse constituency.  
    accomplish this goal, the following objectives will be met:
    1)	develop and maintain a metadata database that meets the specifications of web 
    service enabled programs.
    2)	compile training materials for utilizing the metadata database and for developing 
    rangelands, natural resources, and environmental programming content for AgNIC web sites 
    including metadata data entry, use of NAL Thesaurus, and opportunities for local partnerships 
    developing content;
    3)	conduct a workshop for all regional AgNIC partners to provide metadata training, 
    coordination of programming and web site development (including targeted resources for 
    underserved populations), and opportunities to discuss organizational structure;
    4)	facilitate and direct the development of natural resource and rangelands programming 
    materials for state and regional web resources that leverage partnerships with local agency, 
    non-governmental organization, and others; and
    5)	incorporate the regional web-based rangelands and natural resources information and 
    learning tools into ongoing extension programming and to demonstrate them at a variety of 
    library and extension meetings throughout the Western U.S.
  2. Description of Agricultural Communication Network to be Developed or Utilized.
    The proposed project utilizes two existing, interrelated agricultural communications networks, 
    the national-level Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC) and the newly established 
    AgNIC Western Regional Rangelands Partnership spearheaded by the University of Arizona 
    (UA).  AgNIC provides the world community with access to agricultural, environmental, and 
    food-related information, resources, and data through a web-based gateway system 
    [].  Begun in 1995 as an initiative of the National Agricultural Library (NAL) 
    and four Land-Grant universities, a formal AgNIC alliance structure is now in place with 
    twenty-nine fully contributing partner institutions, eleven supporting partner organizations, and 
    thirty-eight operational, subject-based web sites.  Using a centers-of-excellence approach, 
    participating institution takes a leadership role in building web resources and learning tools on 
    particular aspect of agricultural knowledge and in offering timely online reference services in 
    support of its selected topic(s).  Themes currently covered by various partners include food and 
    nutrition, rural information, animal welfare, plant genomics, sustainable agriculture, technology 
    transfer, water quality, USDA statistics, geospatial resources, agribusiness, forestry, and 
    rangelands.  As the number of participating institutions continues to grow, so too does the 
    coverage of agriculture-related subjects made available through a dynamic and network of web 
    Collaboration at all levels has been a keystone of the AgNIC effort.  Nearly all of the 
    AgNIC institutions have developed unique partnering relationships with a variety of internal and 
    external institutions, groups, and agencies to identify and develop content and tools for their 
    respective web sites.  Specific to this proposal is the regional AgNIC initiative recently begun in 
    the western U.S. as an expansion of the original "Managing Rangelands" AgNIC site created 
    an interdisciplinary team at the UA.  At the workshop described above, potential participants, 
    including librarians and extension range specialists, discussed the possibility of building a 
    regional rangelands web resource for AgNIC using the UA's existing site as the foundation and 
    creating individual state sites linked from the map on the regional web site's home page.  This 
    resource would provide users with extensive information, learning and decision-making tools, 
    and geospatial applications to facilitate more informed and environmentally beneficial land 
    management decisions and policy making for the entire western U.S.  At the end of the 
    workshop, there was unanimous agreement to pursue such an effort.  The results of this new 
    initiative to date can be viewed at [], with a summary, complete 
    workshop transcripts, and PowerPoint presentations available at 
    Currently, the national-level AgNIC distributed information system is loosely tied together 
    through a home page structure where users can select a subject offered by an AgNIC partner 
    and go directly to that web site, or use either the browse or keyword search interfaces to target 
    a particular topic maintained in the AgNIC database [].  The master AgNIC 
    database is maintained by Cornell University and NAL, with Alliance members entering Dublin 
    Core specified metadata into online forms which are then loaded into the overall database.  To 
    accommodate varying levels of Alliance member participation, only five of the possible fifteen 
    metadata fields are mandatory, with the remaining ten optional.  An additional five 
    fields also were created solely for AgNIC use.  The controlled vocabulary is taken from the NAL 
    Agricultural Thesaurus ( which follows a natural-language, 
    hierarchical subject structure.
    While significant progress has been made in defining a common metadata structure, controlled 
    vocabulary, and search engine for the system, recent advances in portal technologies now 
    make it possible to create a much more powerful and user-friendly system than first envisioned 
    for AgNIC seven years ago.  The technical foundation for AgNIC is currently undergoing a 
    reconfiguration utilizing web services technology.  This technology, which allows for 
    cross-platform information storage and retrieval capabilities, will soon provide the means for 
    linking databases, providing access to interactive learning tools, map server applications, and 
    animations, and generating individualized home pages - no matter what operating systems or 
    software the participating AgNIC members use..  In addition, there is already an option in place 
    for Alliance institutions to participate at a higher technical level in the AgNIC system.  Acting 
    a "repository", an institution can maintain its own metadata database which can be harvested 
    by the master database, yet which also allows for increased local institutional control and for 
    multiple uses.   The University of Arizona proposes not only to participate in this way, but to 
    establish repository status for the entire AgNIC Western Rangelands Partnership.
  3. Agricultural Communication Network Programming: Describe the Programming and how it will contribute to achieving the Objective(s).
    It is a challenge to provide information covering the many complex issues of rangeland 
    management to meet the needs of a uniquely diverse and widely dispersed clientele.  Many of 
    the most difficult and intractable issues of the day are involved: public land use and grazing, 
    wildlife management and endangered species, wildfire management and forest ecology, water 
    quality and water conservation, invasive species, mining, and the urban/rural interface - all 
    into play and are "in the news" on an almost daily basis.  For seven years the University of 
    Arizona (UA) has worked to develop a web site on managing rangelands, providing educational 
    materials covering many of these issues.  A policy issues section provides a complete 
    of these "hot topics" with links to many related resources 
    (  Environmental concerns also have been 
    highlighted in extensive resources such as sections on vegetation monitoring 
    ( and the National Environmental Policy Act  
    (NEPA) (  In addition, database and 
    applications for land management decision-making have been developed including the Arizona 
    Ecological Site Descriptions (created in association with the Arizona Natural Resources 
    Conservation Service and the Tohono O'odham Nation -- and Rangeview: Geospatial Tools for 
    Natural Resources Management (created in association with NASA, Raytheon, and the Hopi 
    Nation --
    Recognizing that rangelands issues do not stop at state borders, the UA team decided to 
    explore the possibility of expanding their effort to a regional approach.  To this end, the UA 
    hosted the AgNIC Western Region Rangelands Workshop in March 2002, which brought 
    together rangeland extension specialists and librarians from 13 land-grant universities to begin 
    collaboration of diverse talents and experience.  In addition, the UA created  a new site, 
    Rangelands of the Western U.S. ( to act as a gateway to 
    this new region-wide effort, and also developed templates for each state partner to use in 
    preparing rangelands and natural resource content specific to their state, and to be distributed 
    via this new web site.  By the end of the workshop the potential partners all expressed strong 
    interest in participating in this regional effort and several have already operationalized their 
    rangelands sites.
    Thus, one of the objectives of the proposed project is to further strengthen this collaboration in 
    order to increase the wide availability of quality, value-added rangelands and natural resources 
    information and programming, including existing resources which have had limited availability 
    date.  Through this collaborative and regional approach, there will be new opportunities for 
    interaction between researchers and extension specialists and agents.  This will minimize 
    duplication of effort in developing information and learning resources.  It also will make optimal 
    use of available resources and those under development, by facilitating sharing of expertise 
    mode of delivery.  The combined resources will improve the dissemination of information to 
    producers, processors, and researchers by creating one authoritative portal for environmental, 
    marketing, and general information related to the natural resources of the Western U.S. 
    Detailed description of methods to be used in producing and/or delivering the programming.
    Currently, there are many useful, web-based rangeland resources produced by land-grant 
    partners throughout the western U.S., but few tools to help the public find these diverse sites.  
    The Western Rangelands Partnership is currently working toward helping each state create its 
    own central rangeland web site, linking to all such resources within each state.  This is the first 
    step to making each state's resources accessible through the Rangelands of the Western U.S. 
    web site.  In addition, we propose to become a regional repository for metadata for web 
    resources for the Western Rangelands Partners, and to conduct training and quality control for 
    the partners, maintaining the metadata database in Arizona for harvesting by Cornell and the 
    National AgNIC Alliance.  
    There are three levels to this technical effort.  
    1.  Develop a relational database that will store the metadata that describes all the partners' 
    web pages and all the pages of the Rangelands of the Western U.S. site. 
    2.  Develop a web interface that will allow selected personnel, including partners, to create, 
    read, update and delete information from the database.  The purpose of this interface is to 
    University of Arizona personnel to monitor the database and check assigned terms, assessing 
    whether further training should be conducted.
    3.  Develop a web service that act as an interface to the relational database. A web service 
    allows transparent use of programs and information with no restrictions based on platform or 
    language  via distributed systems like the web. This service will have its methods published 
    documented using established conventions, to allow use of its methods by a broad range of 
    users.  In particular, this will allow data aggregators (e.g. Cornell) to interact with the data 
    stored in Arizona and combine it with data from other regional centers into a large distributed 
    database for the national AgNIC Alliance.
    As the database and interface are developed, training materials will be developed for the 
    workshop to teach the partners about assigning and entering metadata for their web pages.  
    These materials will be added to the web site for easy access by Western Rangelands 
    and other AgNIC members.  Besides the metadata training, the workshop will provide a forum 
    for improving collaboration and coordinating programming and web site development, 
    targeting resources for underserved populations.
    This project will also work with the Arizona Coordinated Resource Management Working 
    an interagency committee, to identify and develop appropriate programming materials for state 
    and regional web resources.
    Upcoming extension workshops for ranchers on Allotment Management Planning and 
    Monitoring will introduce ranchers to resources on the Rangelands of the Western U.S. site, 
    which can help them successfully manage this process.
  4. Population to be Served and Target Audience(s):
    One of the brainstorming sessions held by participants at the March 2002 workshop involved 
    assessment of the targeted populations to be served by the proposed regional rangelands 
    initiative.  Reflecting the wide variety of information and resources to be made available through 
    the combined regional and state-specific web sites, the list of clientele to be served is broad 
    and extensive.  
    1)	General overview materials such as presented in the Policy Issues section of the 
    rangelands web site were considered to be most relevant to the public including youth and 
    students of all ages, lifelong learners, and those professionals who most directly serve the 
    public such as extension agents, librarians, and teachers.  
    2)	GIS applications, Ecological Site Guide databases, vegetation monitoring guides, 
    alternative income resources are clearly oriented to land management planning functions such 
    as are needed by large and small private land managers and producers -- particularly those 
    are typically under-served who do not have the resources to buy decision-making tools, such 
    small-scale land owners and Native American tribes.  
    3)	In-depth interpretations of environmental legislation and its applications to 
    state-specific scenarios are similarly applicable to general education purposes involving 
    teachers, university faculty, and extension specialists, as well as land owners and producers, 
    policy makers, government agency personnel, and environmental and advocacy groups.  
    4)	Resources such as the fulltext of relevant documents, reports, and manuals, 
    the back issues of such serials as the Journal of Range Management, facilitate research and a 
    healthy dialog among college and university faculty and researchers.  
    By providing a broad spectrum of information, resources, and tools, the Western Rangelands 
    Partnership will build on the Arizona rangelands site to meet the needs of a large cross-section 
    of people living, working, and interested in the American West.
  5. Collaborating Institutions and Other Partners:
    Two major partners within the University of Arizona are the University Library and the College of 
    Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).  The Dean of Libraries gives full support to the Science 
    Librarians involved in this project.  Within CALS this project has strong support within the 
    of Arid Lands Studies, Cooperative Extension, the Educational Communications and 
    Technologies group, and from the Dean.  All of these entities have provided personnel and a 
    variety of financial support for the AgNIC rangelands project during its first six years of 
    development.  They are committed to the project in the long term in part as recognition that 
    such intensive web projects serve to fulfill the three-fold land grant mission (teaching, research, 
    and outreach) by extending the educational paradigm into the emerging 24/7 distance learning 
    Those institutions that participated in the March 2002 workshop by designating both a librarian 
    and an Extension Range Specialist for the regional effort, and who have positively responded to 
    the University of Arizona's call for collaboration include:
    Colorado State University 
    Kansas State University 
    Montana State University
    New Mexico State University 
    Oregon State University
    Texas A&M University
    University of California, Davis
    University of Idaho
    University of Nevada 
    University of Wyoming
    Utah State University
    Washington State University
  6. Rationale for Project:
    Land management in the Western U.S. has become increasingly challenging during the past 
    several decades.  As more and more people migrate to the Western states, pressures on the 
    land to serve the population's economic and recreational  needs also have increased.  
    Contentious issues surround almost every aspect of life in the West and while it is clear that 
    landscape is undergoing significant change, it is not clear what the result of that change will 
    even within the next decade.  Particularly during such turbulent times, it is essential for people 
    to have as accurate and complete information as possible to make more informed decisions 
    about their own land use and to more appropriately influence the policy-making process.  It is 
    often said that information is power; however, information is not always equitably distributed.  
    Small-scale land managers, including significant numbers of women and Native Americans, 
    typically do not have access to the same financial and support resources that large-scale land 
    owners do.  Even researchers and agency personnel often work in isolation and at great 
    distances from colleagues.  Given these factors, it is not easy to reach these populations with 
    educational and informational programs.  
    The growth of the Web in terms of availability of quality content, combined with increased rural 
    connectivity, has made it a powerful medium for distribution of educational programming and 
    dissemination of information to widely dispersed and diverse populations.  Providing such 
    resources at any time, day or night, has proven to be an effective way to make information 
    available to people regardless of their location or economic resources.  At the same time, both 
    the Web and the Internet as a whole, provide new opportunities for maximizing communication 
    and collaboration among the research and policy-making communities.  
    With land-grant institutions and other educational entities under economic pressures which 
    threaten resources and staffing levels, the more that specialists can collaborate, the more 
    cost-effective and time efficient they will be.  By delivering the extension, teaching, and 
    materials of the Western land-grant universities to the public via a Web portal, we can, for 
    example, provide researchers with the online Journal for Range Management; provide 
    with monitoring and marketing information and with" practical tools" for meeting NEPA and 
    Clean Water requirements; and provide teachers and students with extensive resources on 
    rangelands that are not readily available even in large libraries.
    With the March 2002 workshop and the subsequent collaborative web development activities, a 
    beginning has been made in developing this sort of resource for Western rangelands.  This 
    proposal solicits funding to further develop this interdisciplinary and multiple partner interaction 
    among range and information specialists.  In addition, the Rangelands of the Western U.S. site 
    would be expanded and improved by developing the technical foundation for an AgNIC 
    repository.   A training workshop would be conducted for all partners on developing metadata, 
    and all training materials would be posted on the web site as a further resource to the regional 
    and national participants in AgNIC.
  7. Describe the potential for significant impact on the Agricultural Communication Network development and/or integration:
    The University of Arizona (UA) will work closely with its regional partners as well as with 
    and the national AgNIC Alliance to ensure that the regional metadata system is fully integrated 
    with and complementary to the national AgNIC technical architecture.  This system will 
    potentially increase the amount of rangeland information that the UA can furnish 12-fold by 
    involving 12 other universities in the collaboration.  In addition to the university partners, several 
    agencies and organizations have expressed interest in providing or disseminating information 
    through this project, potentially increasing the amount of rangeland information available even 
    further.  The national AgNIC Alliance is already benefiting from the work of the Western 
    Rangelands Partnership and  several agencies and organizations are now aware of and use the 
    AgNIC site.  The public that visits the rangeland information will become aware of other parts of 
    Furthermore, by developing increased levels of AgNIC functionality, the regional partnership will 
    provide a new model which may be adopted or modified by other AgNIC groups, to add more 
    content and increase accessibility to the overall AgNIC system.  The project also will provide 
    the technical foundation for the AgNIC Western Rangelands  Partnership to play a strong role 
    the planned move into the use of web services technologies by the National AgNIC Alliance.  
    AgNIC positions itself as the premier web resource for agriculture, the environment, and 
    food-related information, this project will significantly contribute to the ultimate realization of 
  8. Describe the plans for research, assessment, evaluation and dissemination as applicable to the project:
    The proposed project will involve the following actions to accomplish the objectives outlined 
    above as related to the areas of research, assessment, evaluation, and dissemination:
    Research:  Although there is no traditional research being conducted by this project there are 
    areas of research in the project which are technical and subject-based in nature.  At the 
    technical level, the UA will develop a metadata system and training program to enable the 
    rangeland partners to share resources and to provide greater accessibility of rangelands 
    information to the public.  
    Assessment and Evaluation:  
    An Assessment Team of librarians, rangeland faculty and extension specialists, and computer 
    specialists at the University of Arizona will develop an iterative process for assessing the 
    progress and effectiveness of the metadata system and training tools.  An Advisory Group of 
    selected individuals from the partner institutions will evaluate the success of the metadata 
    system as a model, the training materials, and the overall effectiveness of the regional 
    rangeland site. 
    Dissemination:  Three types of information dissemination are relevant to the proposed project.  
    First, there is the dissemination of information via the regional and state-specific rangelands 
    natural resources web sites.  Second, there is the dissemination of information about the 
    availability of these resources by Extension professionals, librarians, academics, and agency 
    personnel in workshops and presentations to their clientele and public. Last, is dissemination 
    information regarding the metadata system training to other national AgNIC members.  This 
    system may potentially be used or modified by others for their local needs.   Following 
    evaluation of the workshop and training program, the metadata training program will be 
    presented to the national AgNIC Alliance.
  9. Broader Impacts:
    The purpose of the Agricultural Telecommunications Program is to "encourage development of 
    agricultural programming utilizing advanced technology to facilitate and to strengthen 
    research-based agricultural extension, resident education and discovery, and domestic and 
    international marketing of U.S. agricultural commodities and products through a partnership 
    between eligible institutions and the Department of Agriculture."  The proposed project will 
    create an advanced technical foundation for thirteen collaborating land-grant institutions to 
    disseminate and share western regional rangelands information, such as agricultural 
    research-based instruction, agricultural research results, and marketing information.
    Currently, the thirteen states attempting to work together to provide rangelands information are 
    loosely tied together.  This project would solidify the commitments of these states to work 
    together to accomplish two major short-term impacts: 1) less duplication of work and 
    and 2) a more comprehensive, centralized knowledge base.  
    Medium-term impacts include developing the foundation for a new, multi-state use of 
    that will likely provide the groundwork for other such collaborative projects in other subject 
    of AgNIC.  This collaborative effort will facilitate the involvement of additional entities that 
    currently have limited ability to make their information known and available (e.g., Native 
    American tribes, non-governmental organizations, and educational institutions), thus enriching 
    the knowledge base of rangelands information from which everyone can benefit.
    In addition to the flow of information into AgNIC as mentioned above, the outward distribution of 
    information will also improve.  Long-term impacts include increasing the dissemination of 
    information and the development of knowledge.  For instance, small-scale ranchers do not have 
    the same ease of access to information enjoyed by their large-scale counterparts, and this 
    project will facilitate the delivery of needed information to a much broader audience.  This broad 
    information dissemination leads to better-informed rangeland decisions by managers, scholars, 
    decision makers, and the general public.  An additional long-term impact includes 
    well-developed metadata for all thirteen states, as well as extensively documented metadata 
    practices that can be used as a model for all AgNIC participants.
  10. Proposed Timetable:
    Month          			Activity
    Oct - Nov		Establish both Assessment Team and Evaluation Advisory Board
    Oct - Jan 		Develop structure for metadata database
    Oct - Jan 		Develop structure for data entry interface
    Oct - Sept     		Guide content development for state partners
    Dec - Feb	Assessment Team examines effectiveness of relational  metadata 
    and web service developed
    Dec - Mar 	Create workshop training materials and program on metadata creation and 
    use, content development.
    Mar       		Conduct workshop
    Mar - May 	Advisory Group evaluates the effectiveness of workshop and materials and 
    suggests improvements. Post training materials to the Regional Rangelands Web site.
    Mar - Sept     		States supply information for metadata database
    Mar - Sept     		Operationalize repository activity for harvesting to national AgNIC
    Jun - Sept     		States explore new relationships with under-served clientele 
    Jun - Sept     	Advisory Group evaluates success of regional partners involvement, training 
    on metadata database, and operation of repository
    Aug - Sept     	Final project report including assessment of partnerships created by 
    partners with under served clientele, ability of regional partners to create and use metadata, 
    operation of repository, and overall coordination of regional site.
  11. Project Personnel and Time Commitment:
    Michael Haseltine, Senior Support Systems Analyst  to develop relational metadata database 
    and web service application,    1000 hours
    George Ruyle, Range Extension Specialist  to work with Arizona Coordinated Resource 
    Management Working Group, an interagency committee, to identify and develop appropriate 
    programming materials and to conduct workshops for ranchers including introduction to web 
    resources,    50 hours 
    Sheila Merrigan, Information Resources Program Coordinator to coordinate planning and 
    preparation for workshop for AgNIC Western Rangelands Partnership,   100 hours 
    Science Library Graduate Student to input metadata into metadata database, 400 hours 
    Carla Long Casler, Project Director, to manage project activities to successful completion,  
    Barbara Hutchinson, Co-Project Director, to manage project activities and coordinate 
    collaboration among AgNIC Western Rangelands Partnership, 208 hours
    Marianne Stowell Bracke, Metadata Supervisor, to supervise metadata entry and quality 
    of data and to prepare training for workshop, 208 hours
    Jeanne Pfander, planning for workshop and training, 104 hours
    Doug Jones, planning for workshop and training, 104 hours