Seeking content for Aquatic Commons work party

Dear colleagues,

At the 2018 IAMSLIC conference in Uganda, there will be an Aquatic Commons “work party” to introduce participants to the repository while at the same time increasing open access to publications.

We are looking for content, and you do not have to attend the conference to contribute!

Do you have publications that you would like deposited into Aquatic Commons? You can take advantage of a room full of information professionals to create metadata and do the work for you!

Since we are meeting in Africa, our hope is to find publications from the continent but we are open to other geographical areas. Publications must be in digital format and permission to deposit must be cleared with copyright holders in advance.

If you are interested in participating or have other suggestions, please contact

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Job Opening – University Librarian at Naval Postgraduate School

As you all know, Eleanor retired in May.  Her vacant position has been posted.

Located in Monterey CA, NPS is a fully accredited graduate-level (Masters and PhDs) university with strengths in oceanography, meteorology, atmospheric sciences, in addition to many other STEM programs.

You can see the detailed job description at:

You can get information about the Dudley Knox Library at:

and information about the Naval Postgraduate School at:


Joe Wible, Hopkins Marine Station emeritus

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Stanford Libraries has been awarded a $4 million grant to implement a new system that will greatly improve how users discover library holdings

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded the grant to Stanford in partnership with the libraries of Cornell, Harvard and the University of Iowa.  Stanford will lead the effort to integrate library data into the web, in a semantic way, so it can be discovered intelligently in web searches as well as in a library’s catalog.  For more details go to:

Joe Wible

Hopkins Marine Station Librarian, Emeritus

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How to use the ASFA database? Tutorials by the University of Stirling Library.

Dear IAMSLIC members,

The ASFA database users might find useful the following two tutorials created by the University of Stirling Library.

The first one explains the use of the ASFA thesaurus when searching the ASFA database:

The second one is more detailed and includes other database features:

I would also like to add a link provided by the ASFA publisher (ProQuest) about the Bangor University Library selecting the ASFA database as the resource of the month (June 2018):

Best regards,

Milos Vojar
ASFA Secretariat, FAO

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Eleanor Uhlinger to retire

Eleanor’s last day of work at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Library will be this Thursday, just two days from now.  Eleanor has been an amazing contributor to IAMSLIC including serving as President.

NPS published a great article and video summarizing all of Eleanor’s accomplishments while serving as director of the library for the past 12 years.  It seems like only yesterday I was encouraging NPS to recruit Eleanor and twisting Eleanor’s arm to apply.

Check out the link below.

Joe Wible

Hopkins Marine Station librarian, emeritus

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Cyamus 30th Anniversary Conference, March 26 to 28, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

If you’re faced with gloomy winter weather, or even if this is summer for you, consider coming to the Cyamus 30th Anniversary Conference, March 26 to 28, 2018 in lovely La Jolla, California! La Jolla is near San Diego in Southern California, USA. Our conference hosts are Amy Butros from University of California, San Diego and Debra Losey from NOAA/Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC). We have an exciting lineup of speakers as well as an interesting set of topics for discussion. And because it’s our anniversary, there will be cake!

For more information, please visit the conference page:

It’s coming up fast, so if you are interested in attending, please email Amy Butros  by this Friday, February 9, 2018 so we can add your name to the conference hotel reservations list.

The conference hotel is the La Jolla Shores Hotel with a discounted rate of $199/night. It’s right on the beach!

Please contact us with any questions you may have: Maureen Nolan; Amy Butros; or Debra Losey

Maureen Nolan

Cyamus Regional Representative, 2016-2018

Maureen D. Nolan
Head, Friday Harbor Library
Marine and Environmental Sciences Librarian
University of Washington Libraries


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#IamHawaii conference round-up


From October 22nd to 26th 2017, information professionals from all over the world came together for the 43rd Annual IAMSLIC Conference #IamHawaii. Motivated by their enthusiasm to improve the library world, share innovative ideas, and strengthen the IAMSLIC community, this group was not afraid to dive in head first. Located in the beautiful city of Honolulu, Hawaii, the relaxed and friendly atmosphere was an ideal learning environment for the IAMSLIC group.

Speakers presented on various topics ranging from 3D printing to academic publishing, information-seeking behavior to digital repositories, gender and fisheries to the world of corals. Engaging group discussions on innovation and new technologies happened inside and outside the conference programming. Posters on book art, special collections, open data, and library services were available for everyone to see.

The theme of Blurring the Edges: the Osmosis of Ideas echoed throughout the conference as we discussed the evolving nature of our profession. Without a doubt, this conference included some out-of-the-box activities, reminding us that by pushing the boundaries and sharing ideas, we can only improve. With a puppet making workshop, a storytelling exercise, and a fairy-led collage experience, we immersed ourselves in as much creativity and inspiration as we could handle. Whether it was your first or umpteenth time participating in the IAMSLIC conference, you were sure to leave feeling supported, inspired, and ready to take on the year.

Thanks to the amazing planning committee and our conference sponsors, this year’s conference will leave a lasting memory.

Hope to see you at the next IAMSLIC conference!
Stay tuned for the conference proceedings here:

This post was written by Alisa Lazear

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Posters at IAMSLIC 2017

Posters 2017

Productions from:

Małgorzata Grabowska-Popow (Maggie), Daniel Oviedo Juárez, Amanda Whitmire, Lisa Raymond and Audrey Mickle

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Aloha! Welcome to #IamHawaii


On behalf of the Board of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers and the University of Hawaii at Manoa it is a distinct pleasure to welcome you to Honolulu. Aloha!
The theme of this year’s conference is Blurring the Edges: the Osmosis of Ideas. The “What” of libraries and information centers is an enormous undertaking. Creation, maintenance, discovery and delivery of physical and electronic resources consumes most of our time. But what about the “How” of those resources? How did they get created? Who created them? What “Whats” are the future of our profession? Blurring the Edges: The Osmosis of Ideas will explore not only the “What” but “How” information, tools and resources are created.
Where do ideas for innovation originate? Who inside and outside of our profession collaborates on ideas? How can you bring a new perspective to what we do to create something totally new and unexpected?
We hope that you will find this conference rewarding, informative and fun. We know you’ll encounter new ideas and new friends. IAMSLIC is a unique organization and we want to inspire you in your career, your workplace and with your IAMSLIC family. Let us know if there is any way we can be of help to you.

We kick of proceedings today Sunday, October 22 @3pm with our First Executive Board Meeting and then we can all relax and introduce ourselves to the delegates at the Butter Mochi Welcome Reception this evening @6pm

Our full conference program is available here


Steve Watkins, President
David Baca, President-elect (2017)
Jeanine Scaramozzino, President-elect (2018)
Kristen Labonte, Treasurer
Brian Voss, Secretary
Kristen Anderson, Past-President

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Presenter Profile Series: The Presidents Steve & Dave

#IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series, the final edition. Some may say we saved the best for last, but we’ll leave that up to you to decide! In this final #IamHawaii presenter feature, we bring to you our presidents: Steve Watkins current 2017 President of IAMSLIC and David Baca, our President-elect for 2018 will open proceedings with a panel discussion, along with Mathew Vis-Dunbar and Alisa Lazear on Aquatic and Marine Science Librarian Responsibilities: Current and Evolving Roles.

Steve Watkins

The photo is of Dave Baca sitting in the Frey House in Palm Springs, California. The house is one of the greatest mid mod houses in Palm Springs, which is itself a mid mod mecca








A little bit about Steve…

Steve Watkins is Science Librarian and Coordinator of Technology Development at California State University, Monterey Bay. Steve was one of the three founding librarians when the university was opened in 1995 on the site of the closed Fort Ord army base and was the original Co-Director for Library Resources. Prior to coming to CSU Monterey Bay, he was Science Bibliographer and Assistant Head of the Science Library at the University of California, Santa Cruz for eleven years. He also served as Life Sciences Bibliographer at the State University of New York at Albany and as Reference Librarian at the Stanford University Libraries. Steve has had the opportunity to participate in the design two major library facilities during his career, in addition to a long history of innovative applications of technology to library services. He has had responsibility for collection development and instruction in the marine sciences for the past 37 years.
Steve got his undergraduate degree in Biology from Stanford University, with an emphasis on marine invertebrates and subtidal ecology. He received his MLS from the University of California, Berkeley. Steve has been a member of IAMSLIC since 1986 and attended his first conference in Seattle in 1990. He is finishing his second and final term as IAMSLIC President and expects to remain active in the Association following his full retirement in May 2018. IAMSLIC has been one of the most rewarding experiences of Steve’s career and he cherishes the lifelong friendships and connections that have been established over the years.

Talk to Steve in Honolulu about…

The future (and past) of IAMSLIC; library technology; the joys of volunteer docent work; travel; and retirement plans.


A little bit about Dave…

Dave is the Director of the Jack K. Williams Library and Learning Commons at Texas A&M University at Galveston in Galveston, Texas USA. He oversees Library operations in addition to academic support operations, including tutoring, the writing center, the math lab, media lab, the honors program and undergraduate research. Dave came to the Galveston campus of Texas A&M from heading up a community college library system in Texas and, previous to that, as Director of the Science and Engineering Library at the University of Arizona. His library career started at the main campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Dave was a mechanical engineer right out of college for a few years before returning to school and earning an MLIS from The University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Educational Administration from Texas A&M.
As the title of this year’s conference might indicate, Dave has an interest in understanding how creativity and inspiration informs us in our daily lives and at work and helps us make crazy connections. He has long been involved with arts organizations including a stint as president of a local community choir. Dave regularly gets up the courage to tell stories in front of about 500 people at the monthly Moth storytelling events in Houston, Texas. It is the most terrifying thing he has ever done. But it’s pretty cool, too.
Dave has been involved with IAMSLIC since the Dania Beach conference in Florida after years of hearing Natalie Wiest tell of how much fun it was. He’s been involved with the Treasury Task Force and the Aquatic Commons Board and, as incoming President, is the conference convener for Hawaii. Which is the second most terrifying thing he’s ever done.

Talk to Dave in Honolulu about…

The middle of the last century. Dave is nuts about everything Mid Century Modern. Architecture, art, designers, furniture, appliances. You name it. If you can’t find him he will probably be wandering the streets looking for brise soliel, stone fireplaces, flat roofs and glass walls.

Steve and Dave will present…

Title: Aquatic and Marine Science Librarian Responsibilities: Current and Evolving Roles (Panel)

Abstract: The IAMSLIC membership encompasses a wide range of types of libraries and information centers, from one-person operations to large multidisciplinary libraries, serving government agencies, universities, specialized research centers and more. At the 2016 IAMSLIC conference in Merida, we held initial discussions on the evolving roles of librarians and information professionals in aquatic and marine science institutions. In order to test some of the assumptions that were made regarding the current mix of librarian responsibilities, a survey was distributed to the membership to gather data on the degree to which members are engaged in specific areas of service and and practice. Respondents were also asked to identify responsibilities that have been decreasing in emphasis and areas where they anticipate future growth. The survey findings will be presented along with an opportunity to continue the discussion based on this new information.

Connect with them through…

Steve Library website:; Library on Google+

Dave Twitter:@DocBaca; Library twitter: @TAMUGLib; Library Facebook:; Library website:


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