In 1995 the University of Arizona (UA) Libraries, partnering with UA College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) rangelands specialists, joined as a charter member of the AgNIC initiative coordinated by the National Agriculture Library (NAL). The topic of rangelands was chosen by Arizona, and early on, the team recognized the challenge of representing the knowledge universe related to that topic. As a result, in 2001, the Deans of the UA Libraries and CALS invited their counterparts in the Western Land Grant Universities (LGUs) to join in a Western Rangelands Partnership. Today this collaborative effort, known simply as the Rangelands Partnership, has grown to include nineteen LGUs, with international participation from Australia, Mexico, and the United Nationsâ€™ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This collaborative partnership culminated in the release in December 2012 of a suite of websites â€“ Global Rangelands, Rangelands West and hosted state Rangelands sites - with more than 13,000 resources.
From Local to Global: Launching the New Rangelands West Portals and Database.
International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists
Agricultural Information Worldwide