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History, Archives, Library Committee

History, Archives, Library Committee
Society for Range Management

Purpose:  To preserve the primary information on the Society for Range Management and the rangeland management profession such that synthesis efforts will be possible. This is to be accomplished through the following: To develop and publish or otherwise make available historical information on the Society for Range Management and the Range Management profession; to manage the SRM archival collection housed in the University of Wyoming American Heritage Center, Laramie WY; to monitor the SRM depository publications at the Utah State University library, Logan, UT.

Committee Structure:

  1. Members volunteer for the Committee on an indefinite term basis and generally serve until they request to be removed. However, members have been removed due to inaction and absence from participation in committee activities. Membership has averaged about 15 over the years. When someone expresses interest in SRM history they are asked to join the committee.
  2. Chairmanship:  The Chair is selected by the committee membership on a periodic basis and serves until they request to be relieved, at which time the committee selects a successor Chair. To date (2006) no vice chair or co-chair has been selected. If the committee deemed this desirable or necessary, that could be done.

Meetings:  Traditionally, the committee meets only at the SRM annual meeting to conduct business, report on the year's progress and develop a work plan for the ensuing year. Should needs develop for a mid-year meeting, that could occur although reduced participation is to be expected.

Projects:  Some tasks are ongoing, e.g. maintain the SRM archives and monitor the depository library. Other tasks are one time, e.g. Educational History of the Range Profession (although this could be updated on a peridic basis). Most tasks/projects traditionally have been adopted and carried out independent of the SRM Board of Directors. When projects have financial requirements, they must be taken to the Board. The Board, of course, could assign tasks to the committee. Most work of the committee is conducted during the year, generally by individual members who have an interest in the task. To the extent practicable, when errors in prior outputs are discovered, they will be recognized and made available via "Errata." Some of the Committee's output will be posted on the SRM History, Archives and Library website.

February 2006

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