As a future service to users, the library plans to provide document delivery for documents in its collection. Funds will be sought to offer subsidized photoduplication service for a one year trial period, beginning in the third year of the unit's operation. It is expected that this service will not only promote the transfer of information, but will stimulate the contribution of additional relevant documents to the Center's collection by users of this service. Future plans call for the dissemination of documents to national and regional centers on microfiche.
Although CIKARD and its affiliated national and regional centers have a general interest in all areas relating to indigenous knowledge and its application, their primary areas of interest are ethnoscience and technology and their relationship to agriculture and development. They are also interested in approaches which have been demonstrated as effective in creating appropriate and sustainable development. Programs, methods and techniques which encourage local participation in local projects, as well as those which promote self-reliance and self-sufficiency are also of interest. Traditional and appropriate methods for meeting the basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter are of particular concern, as are practices which enhance the sustainability of these methods. Modern scientific techniques which can augment traditional indigenous methods and practices, and which are appropriate for use by indigenous peoples, are of particular interest.
The development and use of methodologies for recording indigenous knowledge, the incorporation of indigenous knowledge and its inherent aspects into an integrated approach to development, and the appropriate transfer of skills, techniques, and knowledge into formal and informal educational programs constitute the remaining areas of primary interest.
To maintain the integrity of the collection standard library procedures are used. For those items which are requested or ordered, upon receipt such documents are cleared against order files. Unsolicited documents are reviewed, and their sources noted for future solicitation of other relevant publications. For those items identified from a bibliography, library catalog, or index, the full citation is noted on a bibliographic workform. The holdings of the library collection of Iowa State University are reviewed, and if the item is available, photocopied. If the item is not available, a copy is requested from the author if an address can be ascertained, or on interlibrary loan from another research library. When necessary, and on a limited basis, significant publications are purchased.
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