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Library reference materials

Several technical forestry books and sets of reference materials are needed as library stock. Every effort should be made to select materials which will aid trainees in research paper development, agro-forestry planning, and species identification. In addition, the training staff should incorporate manuals (PC/ICE is a good source) and research papers that will be of general interest. Putting together the library is perhaps the most difficult of all preliminary tasks. You will find that you have few friends and fewer resources when it comes to borrowing books, papers and manuals.

You will want to make a list of all library materials and from whom you have borrowed them. At the beginning of technical training, the managing of the library is assigned to one of the trainees as a special project. We suggest that a 3" x 5" card with title and author's name be prepared for each item. The appropriate card is then attached with a paper clip to each piece of reference material. As the materials are checked out, the cards are placed in a box. Having a trainee in charge of materials encourages equal distribution and relieves the staff from monitoring the distribution of material.

Below is a partial list of the materials with which we started in Arizona. Trainees who had brought their own materials also lent them to the library and a few guest speakers lent books. This list is not exhaustive by any means.