Working Groups

Supporting Agricultural Researchers’ Data Needs

The AgNIC Data Working Group (DWG) coordinates projects for AgNIC Partner institutions around agricultural data. The DWG’s goal is to support projects from best practices in research data management to data rescue, to collecting data success stories and more. The DWG works with the National Agricultural Library to support and promote their data services, such as the Ag Data Commons and the Driving Innovation through Data in Agriculture (DIDAg) workshop. The DWG facilitates training and continuing education for agriculture librarians in data management.

Promoting Historical Agricultural Digital Publications

The Ag Digital Publications Working Group (ADPWG) promotes historical agricultural content beyond the agricultural community. The ADPWG coordinates projects to discover and inventory agricultural content in open repositories, documents best practices for making content open, and seeks opportunities to collaborate with other networks to showcase agricultural content to a wider audience.

Collection Development for Agriculture

The Collection Development Working Group (CDWG) supports sharing information and best practices among AgNIC partners to raise awareness of changes and issues in collection development activities. The group seeks to better understand unique collecting areas for partner institutions, retention and deaccession decisions, off-site storage, budgets, and item format trends. By facilitating communication about collection development policies and procedures among AgNIC partners, the CDWG hopes to ensure continued access to agricultural literature and resources.

Systematic Reviews for Agriculture

The goal of the Systematic Reviews Working Group (SRWG) is to share best practices and provide educational opportunities related to conducting systematic reviews in the fields of agriculture and natural resources. These opportunities may include webinars and other avenues to exchange information that will better equip AgNIC partners as they assist their researchers with systematic reviews.

Web Archiving

The Web Archiving Working Group (WAWG) supports resource sharing, training, and development of best practices related to the selection, capture, preservation, and access of web-based agricultural resources. The WAWG coordinates projects to expand representation of and access to historically significant web-based agricultural content within the agricultural information community and broader web archives collection environments.

Diversity Equity & Inclusion

The DEI Working Group supports actionable projects which promote issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to agricultural information and librarianship. This working group seeks to promote historically excluded voices and better address issues of systematic inequity within the field.