[nafex] Re: So what is the point?

Tom Volkening volkenin at mail.lib.msu.edu
Wed Jul 11 11:13:48 EDT 2001

I would agree that Pomona is not NAFEX but it is a benefit members receive
and has value.  I am a librarian and was curious about any libraries owning
Pomona so did somesearching to see if I could find any libraries that own
issues of Pomona .  I  found that at least 21 libraries(including the
National Agriculture Library in the U.S) in North America that own at least
some issues of Pomona.  I did not have time to check the catalogs of all the
libraries to see what issues of Pomona each library owns but I did check the
catalog of Cornell and it looks like they are still receiving issues of
Pomona and have most of the back issues.   I also looked at some online
agriculture databases and found that they have indexed some of the articles
in Pomona so it is possible to retrieve citations to articles in Pomona and
get copies of the articles.  I will say that most of the articles I located
were from 1981 and earlier.

Tom Volkening 
Engineering Library 
1515 Engineering Building 
Michigan State University 
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226 
Phone:  517-432-1498 
Fax:      517-353-9041 
Email:    volkenin at msu.edu 
              volkenin at egr.msu.edu 

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Olenio [mailto:tolenio at sentex.net]
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 8:33 AM
To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [nafex] Re: So what is the point?


fuwafuwausagi at muchomail.com wrote: 

<snip> I might have once thought so, but with the net...heck the archives
can live on into perpetuity.   So can NAFEX. <snip> 


This is totally wrong Bunny. (IMO) 

When NAFEX's cash is gone, you can be sure the NAFEX web page will have
vanished long before.  That means all it's content disappears.  Never to be
seen again. 

In regards to Yahoo Groups, when a group has become inactive, they delete
all archived messages, and delete the group.  A period of 90 days of no
messages on a group will eliminate any trace of it. 

As far as Pomona goes...  Although I am sure we are sending copies to all
the major library archives (tongue plant firmly in cheek), I doubt they will
ever make the shelves of a library, or be rediscovered once archived.
Unless you are talking about archeology (smile) way down the road.  Do we
print on acid free paper (smile). 

Also Pomona is not NAFEX, NAFEX is its people, exploring fruit, and sharing
what they have learned which takes many forms (Pomona, egroup, web page,
letters, etc). 

So if you think the internet or Pomona will preserve NAFEX, or Pomano will
ever see wide circulation, I have to strongly disagree. 


Thomas Olenio 
Ontario, Canada 
Hardiness Zone 6a 
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