2004 Annual Meeting

Third Western Regional Rangelands AgNIC Workshop
March 18-19, 2004
Tucson, Arizona

Workshop Notes


University of Alaska, Fairbanks
• Norm Harris, Palmer Research Center (tentative) – pfnrh@uaa.alaska.edu

University of California, Berkeley
• Norma Kobzina, UC Berkeley Library – nkobzina@library.berkeley.edu

Colorado State University
• Maria Fernandez-Gimenez – gimenez@cnr.colostate.edu
• Allison Level, Morgan Library- alevel@manta.library.colostate.edu

University of Hawaii
• Eileen Herring, Science & Technology Reference, Manoa Library – eherring@hawaii.edu

University of Idaho
• Karen Launchbaugh, Rangeland Ecology & Management – klaunchb@uidaho.edu
• Karl Launchbaugh, College of Natural Resources
• Eva Strand, College of Natural Resources, evas@uidaho.edu

Kansas State University
• Mike Haddock, Agriculture Librarian – haddock@lib.ksu.edu

Montana State University
• Tracy Brewer, Range Management Specialist – tbrewer@montana.edu

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
• Elaine Nowick, Agriculture Librarian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln – enowick@unlnotes.unl.edu

University of Nevada
• Brad Schultz, Extension Educator – schultzb@UNCE.unr.edu
• Amy Shannon, Head, Life and Health Sciences Library, ashannon@unr.edu

New Mexico State University
• Tim McKimmie, Agriculture Librarian – tim@lib.nmsu.edu
• Rex Pieper, Dept. of Range and Animal Science – rpieper@nmsu.edu

North Dakota State University
• Kathie Richardson, Agriculture Librarian – kathie.richardson@ndsu.nodak.edu

Oregon State University
• John Tanaka, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Union Station –

South Dakota State University
• Roger N. Gates, Range Specialist, SDSU West River Ag Center, ROGER_GATES@SDSTATE.EDU
• Nancy Marshall, Hilton M. Briggs Library – nancy_marshall@sdstate.edu

Texas A&M University
• Judy Blaisdell, Center for Grazinglands & Ranch Management – judyb@tamu.edu
• Deva Reddy, Libraries – devaereddy@tamu.edu

Utah State University
• Roger Banner, Assoc. Professor & Extension Specialist, College of Natural Resources –
• Anne Hedrich, Interim Director, Quinney Natural Resources Research Library –

Washington State University
• Jim Dobrowolski, Department of Natural Resource Sciences – dobrowol@wsu.edu
University of Wyoming
• Paul Meiman, CES Range Specialist – pmeiman@uwyo.edu

• Tom Harris, University of Nevada, Reno – harris@unr.edu

University of Arizona Workshop Planning Committee
• Marianne Bracke, Science-Engineering Library
• Carla Casler, Arid Lands Information Center
• Michael Haseltine, Arid Lands Information Center
• Barbara Hutchinson, Arid Lands Information Center
• Doug Jones, Science-Engineering Library
• Sheila Merrigan, Cooperative Extension
• Jeanne Pfander, Science-Engineering Library
• George Ruyle, Rangeland and Forest Resources Program

Other University of Arizona Participants:
• David Baca, Team Leader, Science-Engineering Library
• Jim Christensen, Associate Dean, CALS, Ag Extension
• Del Despain, Mohave County Extension
• Ken Foster, Director, Office of Arid Lands Studies
• Joe Hiller, Assistant Dean, CALS, Native American Programs
• Larry Howery, Rangeland and Forest Resources Program
• Colin Kaltenbach, Associate Dean, CALS
• Robert MacArthur, Educational Communications and Technologies, CALS
• Krisellen Maloney, Digital Library and Information Systems, University Library
• Chestalene Pintozzi, Facilitator, University Library
• Pat Reid, Director, School of Natural Resources
• Gene Sander, Vice Provost and Dean, CALS
• Maureen Sieberg, Arid Lands Information Center
• Carla Stoffle, Dean of Libraries
• Anne Thwaits, Web Graphics Specialist
• Deborah Young, Director, Extension Programs

Non-Attending States
• Oklahoma State University

Unable to Attend this Year
• Jim Anderson, School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management, University of Alaska
• Meg Bishop, NRCS, Arizona Office
• Darren Bruhjell, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries, British Columbia
• Amy Ganguli, Rangeland Program and SRM, Oklahoma State University
• Mel George, Cooperative Extension, University of California, Davis
• Cindy Stewart Kaag, Head of Science Libraries, Washington State University
• Jodee Kawasaki, Montana State University Libraries
• Matt Mattox, Range Specialist, The Noble Foundation, Oklahoma
• Russell Stevens, Range Specialist, The Noble Foundation, Oklahoma
• Sherman Swanson, State Extension Range Specialist, Nevada


Summary Workshop Report

The third annual meeting of the Western Rangelands Partnership was held at the Inn Suites Hotel and at the University of Arizona’s Main Library in Tucson, Arizona on March 18-19, 2004. Attended by more than 30 librarians and extension professionals from 18 states representing the Great Plains and Western regions, the meeting focused on actions for further developing a comprehensive web resource on the science, management, and issues related to Western rangelands [rangelandswest.org].

The project is affiliated with the Agriculture Network Information Center (AgNIC), a national initiative to bring a broad range of agriculture-related information to the public through the Web. Support for the meeting was provided by University of Arizona Dean of Libraries, Carla Stoffle; Associate Extension Director, Deborah Young; Director of the School of Natural Resources, Pat Reid, and former Director of the Office of Arid Lands Studies, Ken Foster. Meeting arrangements were made by the University of Arizona’s interdisciplinary team from the Rangeland and Forest Resources Program, the Science-Engineering Library, Cooperative Extension, and the Office of Arid Lands Studies.

Following state-specific reports, discussions were held on content development, peer review procedures, opportunities for funding and collaboration, organizational structure, and technical support.
The results of these discussions were drafted into an Action Plan which is available on the Rangelands West web site. In addition, hands-on workshops were offered to the participants on web site
development, applying metadata, and on content development and web site structure. This gave participants opportunities to gain the skills needed to create their own state rangelands web sites and
experience in populating the regional metadata database.

Also at the meeting, University of Idaho participant, Karen Launchbaugh, announced the successful submission of a Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE) grant which will
provide partial funding for the Western Rangelands Partnership’s 2004-2006 activities. In addition, special reports were given on the national AgNIC program, the proposed e-Extension initiative, and on related Society for Range Management activities.

On the day preceding the meeting, a workshop demonstrated the RangeView remote sensing applications for rangeland management web resource to 18 participants.