Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
While we continue to seek funding for retrospective digitization projects, the generous support of the University of Minnesota Libraries, the Department of Applied Economics, and the AAEA is essential to the success of the project. Staffing consists of 10–20% of two librarians who recruit content, manage digitization projects, and work with the contributing community to create and maintain collections, plus several undergraduate students working a cumulative average of 30 hours per week. We operate as a “distributed network,” meaning much of the content is actually uploaded by the publishers or institutions that create it. This significantly reduces the amount of staffing required for that part of the operation. The University Libraries also provides technology support, hosting, and maintaining the software platform. The AAEA provides a small annual stipend that helps pay for coordinators’ travel to conferences, which is supplemented by a small foundation fund in the University Libraries. Finally, the AAEA recently opened an AgEcon Search Special Trust Fund to which members of the association can contribute, and that source has funded several important retrospective digitization projects in 2013 and 2014.