NAL Upgrades AGRICOLA Online Public
Catalog By Len Carey
December 10, 2003
The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has released a significant upgrade to
its Web-based AGRICOLA catalog of
records for the materials in its collection. The new version of AGRICOLA
provides improved access--many new search and retrieval capabilities, with
daily updates--to over 4 million bibliographic records, the world's largest
compilation of agricultural information.
The new AGRICOLA catalog, which replaces AGRICOLA98, is one of
several modules implemented in NAL's migration to Endeavor's Voyager library
system. In addition to a search and retrieval engine for AGRICOLA, the new
Voyager system supports NAL's acquisitions, serials control, cataloging,
indexing and circulation operations.
Other features of NAL's new AGRICOLA catalog include:
- Users may search the catalog of books, journals and nonprint
items; search the catalog of article records for the journals indexed; or
search the two catalog databases combined.
- Users may choose to either display results of searches or
e-mail the search results to themselves.
- Hotlinks enable users to obtain the full text of resources,
where available electronically.
Future enhancements to the new AGRICOLA will allow
user-initiated requests for patrons who have document delivery and borrowing
privileges. The National Agricultural Library and Endeavor are working with
Relais International to develop a fully electronic request and delivery
management system linked to the AGRICOLA bibliographic and holdings records.
NAL plans to implement the document delivery system in late spring 2004.
Details are at:
Access to the new AGRICOLA online public catalog is through
Users visiting the former AGRICOLA98 address will be
automatically redirected to the new location.
NAL, located in Beltsville, Md., is part of the
Agricultural Research Service, the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief
scientific research agency. NAL is one of four U.S. national libraries and is
known for an expert staff, extensive AGRICOLA bibliographic database,
leadership in information services and technology applications, and strong
collections in agriculture and related sciences.