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Trails and Tribulations From a Hardwood Forestry Literature Junkie: The Hardwood Information Project Brian Trails and Tribulations From a Hardwood Forestry Literature Junkie: The Hardwood Information Project Brian Roy Lockhart USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research, Stoneville, Mississippi Sixth Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources March 6, 2006, East Lansing, Michigan

Background Teaching Experience ü optional, senior-level hardwood management course for 10 out of 12 Background Teaching Experience ü optional, senior-level hardwood management course for 10 out of 12 years ü emphasis on the ecology, silviculture, and management ü readings heavily emphasized

Background Objectives ü coarse – to provide students with a large listing of literature Background Objectives ü coarse – to provide students with a large listing of literature for future reference ü THIP – The Hardwood Information Project • combines research literature with coarse literature • hobby ü seek ideas for improving THIP ü to serve the natural resource professions

THIP Overview ü centered on Forestry Abstracts • monthly journal • complete listing of THIP Overview ü centered on Forestry Abstracts • monthly journal • complete listing of forestry literature (10, 000 abstract annually) ü tradeoffs • usually 6 months to 1 year old • acceptable for more complete coverage

THIP Abstract Selection ü based on hardwood coarse lecture topics • 62 total • THIP Abstract Selection ü based on hardwood coarse lecture topics • 62 total • introduction, ecology, silviculture, management ü lectures still being completed • represent “summary reports” • used for service-oriented endeavors • guest lectures, workshops/shortcourses, general presentations • manuscript and research proposal preparation

THIP Example ü Mississippi Hardwood Notes notebook THIP Example ü Mississippi Hardwood Notes notebook

THIP Publication Acquisition ü 3 attempts ü National Agricultural Library • one of the THIP Publication Acquisition ü 3 attempts ü National Agricultural Library • one of the world’s largest and most accessible agricultural research libraries • over 500 journals online ü personal subscriptions ü direct e-mail to author ü interlibrary loan services

THIP Filing ü done by lecture topic • serves as hardwood literature filing system THIP Filing ü done by lecture topic • serves as hardwood literature filing system ü copies made available upon request • subject to time constraints • copyright issues

Conclusions THIP ü not exclusive to hardwoods – tropical species, southern pines, western conifers Conclusions THIP ü not exclusive to hardwoods – tropical species, southern pines, western conifers

Conclusions THIP ü goal is to have one of the best collections of hardwood Conclusions THIP ü goal is to have one of the best collections of hardwood literature in the World • located in one place • easily retrievable format • World Wide Web?

The End “Do not exploit the hardwood resource – it is what got us The End “Do not exploit the hardwood resource – it is what got us here and it is what will provide for us in the future”