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RE: [nafex] Re: So what is the point?

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@msu.edu

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


fuwafuwausagi@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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