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Orton Memorial Library seeks to optimize its services and access to its collection

  • It is undergoing a remodeling since August with the purpose of providing a better service to its users

November 10th, 2017. The Orton Memorial Library, administered by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and CATIE (The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), has been experiencing a modernization process since August to provide a better service to its users, and to optimize the access to its complete collection, composed largely of unique materials of historical interest and of great importance in issues of agricultural, animal and forestry production.

Federico Sancho, Secretary of Planning and Evaluation of IICA, explained that the remodeling consists of two stages. The first consists on assessing the current collection of the library, making visible that unique material for the benefit of science and taking advantage of the scientific databases available online, for the benefit of the scientists and students of agriculture and the environment around the world. The second part focuses on creating a physical space that has a controlled environment where you can protect the unique and most valuable collection this library has.

"The optimization goes in that line, to verify what exists, to identify those materials of great value, to preserve them and to have better resources in the library for the modern user" expressed Sancho.

For this, the library's digital acquis is also being strengthened. "We are acquiring new databases to complement and strengthen the current collection. Through these bases there will be access to first level journals, which will allow students and researchers to have better tools for their work" said Matilde Gómez, coordinator of the Orton Memorial Library.

The main users of the library are the students, professors and staff of CATIE, as well as the different international professionals linked to agriculture, who recognize the library as a primary source of information.

The process of remodeling the library has been coordinated between Mario Piedra, CATIE's deputy director general; Isabel Gutiérrez, dean of the Graduate School of this same entity; and Luis Carlos Vargas, head of the Inter-American Information and Editorial Production Center for Agriculture (CIIPE in its Spanish acronym) of IICA.

According to Gutiérrez, for CATIE, an international center that works and intertwines education, research and projection, it is key to have a library that offers access and availability to the most relevant and latest information.

"We want the library to be an excellent letter of introduction for CATIE and IICA, in the following years we will continue to improve, striving to achieve self-sustainability of its services and aiming to turn this space into a pleasant meeting point", said Vargas.

It is estimated that the remodeling process, which entailed an investment of USD 110,000 will be ready by the end of 2017.

 

More information:
Matilde Gómez
Coordinator
Orton Memorial Library
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Luis Carlos Vargas
Head
Inter-American Information and Editorial Production Center for Agriculture of IICA
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Karla Salazar Leiva
Communicator
Information Technology and Communication
CATIE
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