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Presenter Profile Series: Dang Thi Hai Yen

Our next speaker for the #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series is Dang Thi Hai Yen, who hails from Nha Trang city in Viet Nam.

It has always been a dream of Hai Yen’s to go to Hawaii, so she is very excited about this conference. This dream was inspired by a meeting with Dr. Isabella Aiona Abbott (June 20, 1919 – October 28, 2010 in Honolulu), who she met in April 1999 at her Institute, the Viet Nam Institute of Oceanography, during the Workshop on Pacific algae. Hai Yen worked for Dr. Abbott’s group as receptionist and admired her dedication to marine science. Dr Abbott was an educator and ethnobotanist from Hawaii. The first native Hawaiian woman to receive a PhD in science, she became the leading expert on Pacific algae.

In this photo of the Workshop from 1999, Dr Abbott is in the middle in the white shirt, and Hai Yen stands at the front right:

A little about Hai Yen…

Hai Yen works at the Viet Nam Institute of oceanography since 1997. The Institute’s library founded in 1922 is a specialist oceanographic library. It is famous for the collection of original historical books on oceanography of the world, published during the 18th and 19th centuries. She benefits from having very friendly colleagues in the library.
Hai Yen graduated from the Pedagogical University, majoring in teaching French in elementary school. She started work in the library as a translator French-Vietnam. In 2001 she received a fellowship from The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) for a one month training course for library management training at ICLARM – World Fish Center in Penang, Malaysia. There she met Ms. Kamsiah Mohd Ali – the Information Service Manager of ICLARM, her first teacher for DDC classification, LC classification and thesaurus ASFIS. New opportunities are always presenting themselves in the library world and the teachers of Ocean Teacher/IODE give her the experiences she needs to engage in these activities, especially help with preserving ancient documents, digitising documents, and inspire her to try new endeavors.
Hai Yen happily became a member of PIRG – IAMSLIC at the 40th IAMSLIC Conference in Noumea – New Caledonia. She hopes for an open connection and sharing of information among marine libraries from the Westpac Ocean. Her motto is Working together to make a difference – Working together for a better future.

Talk to Hai Yen in Honolulu about…

When you see  Hai Yen at the conference you can have a chat about traveling, acrylic painting, and swimming.

Hai Yen will be presenting…

Title: Innovations in resources, services and communication face the change in scientific publishing landscape

Abstract: The academic publishing system is the way for communicating and sharing new science and research findings in the science community. New science and innovations – the outputs of research are the results of this system. The landscape of scientific publishing has continually evolved over the past years. Open access and citation databases are set to bring a revolution to science publishing, and science should not be “locked”. The rapidly changing landscape of scientific publishing has positive effects on both authors and publishers: higher pressure on scientists to publish, publishers of scientific journals can now use electronic publishing as the main way to present research results, open access in publishing, easy to manage citations (citation databases, reference management tools). However, there are also challenges for low-income countries in the new publishing model. Today peer review panel of international scientific publishers requires use of references in scientific papers found in high-level peer-reviewed citations databases. In the case of low-income countries, local journals are often physically and digitally locked in traditional libraries, and not open access, making it difficult to generate citation databases for articles from local journals; and how to access scientific information all over the world. In this paper, I first refer to share with librarians from other low-countries the case of my Institute and my country in supporting scientists for scientific publishing in the following ways:
–To build the institutional repository(accessing/disseminating information);
–To join the repositories OceanDocs/IOC/IODE/Unesco& Aquatic Commons (The goal is to create the scientific citations for local publications on Google Scholar);
-To utilize capacity development programs for low-incomes contries: Agora – journals (FAO); OpenScienceDirectory – journals (IOC/IODE); Training programme for low-incomes countries (Research4Life, AuthorAid Supporting developing country researchers in publishing their work).

Connect with Hai Yen through…

Facbook: Đặng Hải Yến



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BI-International professional exchange & Małgorzata Grabowska-Popow

Each year BI-International für internationalen Fachaustausch/BI-International run a professional exchange with Germany for library professionals from aborad. Bibliothek & Information International (BI-International) is the standing committee of Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID), the Federal Association of German Library and Information Associations, for the promotion of international professional exchange.
With the exchange they support your plans to explore the German library landscape and to strengthen international knowledge transfer by:
· Providing financial support for professional visits to German libraries
· Providing organisational assistance and financial support for study tours to Germany
· Allocating financial support for participating in international conferences in Germany
· Encouraging personal professional contacts with German library specialists and colleagues
· Assisting in finding partners for European and international projects
· Recommending German specialists for participating in international conferences or seminars
· Providing and mediating current information on developments in the German library world

Further information can be found here.

This year Małgorzata Grabowska-Popow will benefit from the scheme. Małgorzata is a librarian working in the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Gdynia, Poland and currently a PHD candidate in history. It is a small library with Małgorzata as a full time staff member and just one colleague working part time. Due to the changing nature of the profession and the services the library provides, Małgorzata is constantly upskilling and providing new resources and services to the patrons. She actively works with EURASLIC and IAMSLIC for interlibrary loan services, conferences and workshops.
In 2004 Małgorzata visited the libraries in Kiel, invited by Barbara Schmidt and the libraries in Hamburg, through the BI-International professional exchange. This year she will be hosted by the library of Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (Warnemuende), this library has a similar holdings as her own. She will also visit libraries that should prove to be a marvellous source of information about contemporary scientific information and library science.
Through her visit, Małgorzata hopes to increase her knowledge of: the German library holdings, visitor numbers, collection history, library services, cataloguing systems, their digitisation methods, publication offices, visitor services, special collections, periodical subscriptions & costings, scientist engagement techniques, author’s support, OA, copyright, employee relations, and career development. Małgorzata is going to be very busy during her visit! She hopes she can bring her new knowledge home to her library in Poland and embed and adapt it into her current service provision. She will write a report about her visit and share it with us here at Iamslic.

Stephanie Ronan- Communications team.

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Presenter Profile Series: Alisa Lazear

Newly qualified information professional Alisa Lazear is our next presenter spotlighted for #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series. Alisa will present a paper entitled: Undergraduate Material in Aquatic & Marine Science Libraries: Current Practices. We look forward to meeting you Alisa and welcoming you into the fold. 


A little about Alisa…
Alisa grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and later moved to western Canada to pursue a library degree and warmer winters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton University and completed her master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of British Columbia this past June. Alisa currently works for the University of Victoria as a Law Library Intern and at Royal Roads University as an on-call Librarian.
After working as a co-op student at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre Library last fall, Alisa developed a strong interest in science librarianship and a love of the ocean. This experience led her to pursue a directed studies research project, which she presented at the 2017 Cyamus Regional Group Meeting. Grateful for being a part of the amazing Cyamus group, she looks forward to meeting IAMSLIC members and making others feel just as welcomed. Alisa hopes to continue doing research and contributing to the advancement of librarianship.

Talk to Alisa is Honolulu about…
– Intellectual property
– Open access
– Soup recipes
– Star Trek
– The human psyche

Alisa will be presenting…

Title: Undergraduate Material in Aquatic & Marine Science Libraries: Current Practices
Abstract: The digital age has changed the way we share and store scholarly material. Material created at the undergraduate level is increasingly being deposited in institutional repositories or made accessible online, allowing for this research to be widely available to other scholars. This can create opportunities and challenges for libraries. To better understand the current methods used in aquatic and marine science libraries for the collection, access, and preservation of undergraduate material, a pilot survey was conducted of the Cyamus regional group.
Now, we are interested in gathering a clearer picture by surveying the entire IAMSLIC membership. Aquatic and marine libraries in university and research institutions were the target audience for our survey with the aim of understanding current methods and challenges specific to science libraries.
Examining current process and challenges will offer new perspectives on the issues associated with having undergraduate material online and provide an opportunity to understand our evolving responsibilities as librarians.
This presentation at #IamHawaii will illustrate the results of this study and discuss how changes in access, preservation, and collection have benefited or harmed the scientific community.

Connect with Alisa through…
Twitter Handle: @Alisa_Lazear

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Presenter Profile Series: Olivia Diehr

Olivia Diehr is our next presenter on our #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series. Olivia is presenting a paper at #IamHawaii as well as leading a workshop as a beneficent fairy entitled ‘Meeting the Fairy: Think in new ways to create new resources’.

A little bit about Olivia…

Olivia Karin Diehr was born in Rostock (Germany) and is the Head of the library at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research since 2008.
Her library started in 1988 in Rostock Public Library. After finishing school, she worked as a library assistant. During this time Olivia learned everything about shelf arrangement, checkouts, returns, and remembers the funny overdue excuses she sometimes heard!
From 1990 to 1994 she studied librarianship at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK), and graduated with a degree in librarianship in 1994. The job opportunities had changed completely after the German reunification. Olivia grabbed the opportunity and started working in academic libraries. From 1996 to 1999 she worked in a Governmental University of Applied Sciences (FHöVPR) in Guestrow, where she led this library for more than a year. From 2000 to August 2008 Olivia served as a librarian at the Greifswald University Library, which is one of Germany’s oldest university libraries. At first she was in the acquisition department, and thereafter in the service department for 7 years. She was responsible for the websites of the university library and worked at the information and circulation desk.

Since August 2008 Olivia has held the position of librarian at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Rostock-Warnemuende. Moreover Olivia finds herself serving marine scientists from all over the world thrilling beyond the regular library services. She keeps her fingers crossed for the various successful off shore sampling campaigns; She also established a library library and last but not least her library tries to provide any required full text articles regardless of the effort. Situated just off the Baltic Sea coast, Olivia’s library is certainly one of the most beautiful places to work.

Talk to Olivia in Honolulu about…

Have a chat to her about sharing ideas and inspirations on the future of libraries; traveling, cooking, as well as being outside in nature.

Olivia will be presenting…

Paper title: Testing the waters: Publishing literacy as a new role for marine science librarians?

Abstract: Libraries have a strong service culture. For decades information literacy is well established in our libraries and information centers. The training on skills to search, evaluate and consume information is a substantial part of the libraries’ information literacy program. At the same time library services for authors seem to be still in their infancy, at least at specialized libraries beyond universities. There are a lot of varied possibilities to discover. Let us test the waters and explore how librarians may contribute to the publishing process of authors at their institutions. Where are the potential docking points for libraries during the writing and publishing process? Where are exciting opportunities to see? Which limitations have to be considered?

Workshop title: Meeting the fairy: Think in new ways to create new resources

Abstract: Workshop moderation at the 43rd IAMSLIC Annual Conference. This workshop will be slightly different, because it will be led by a beneficent fairy. I will slip into the role of a fairy (fictional), and the main aim is to encourage the participants to think in new ways. Based on several short activities, and with a little help of the fairy, we may re-discover our work-related wishes. The subjects will be created by the attendees themselves during the workshop, all professional themes are welcome. Furthermore this collaboration will be open, every IAMSLIC member will be asked to take part in the way he or she wants to do. I led this workshop at the last EURASLIC Conference in Bremen, Germany in May 2017, and I received very good feedback from the participants.Timeslot: 60 minutes. I hope I will able to bring in a new perspective on what we do to create something totally new and unexpected by moderating this fairy-led workshop at the 43rd IAMSLIC Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Connect with Olivia through…

Leibniz Institute twitter account @Ostseeforschung
Leibniz Institute Facebook page

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Presenter Profile Series: Daryl L. Superio

Our next presenter in our #IamHawaii profile series is Daryl L. Superio and he comes from the Philippines. Daryl is co-author of ‘A Survey of the Information-Seeking Behaviour (ISB) of Aquatic Science Librarians in Response to a Query’, along with Mary Grace H. Oliveros and Vince Ervin V. Palcullo. They are still collating data for the survey and would appreciate your time in completing it. Further details available here.

A little bit about Daryl…

Daryl L. Superio is a Senior Information Assistant at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) Library in the Philippines. He is in-charge of cataloging and classification, indexing and reference services. He is also a part-time lecturer at Central Philippine University (Iloilo City, Philippines) Library and Information Science program and teaches cataloging and classification, indexing and abstracting and information technology subjects.  He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Library and Information Science from Central Philippine University. He is an Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract (ASFA) Board Member and a member of Aquatic Commons Editorial Review Board.

Mary Grace H. Oliveros and Vince Ervin V. Palcullo were Daryl’s former students.

Mary Grace is an Information Assistant at SEAFDEC/AQD Library in the Philippines. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from Central Philippine University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the same university.

Vince is currently preparing for his Philippines professional Librarians Licensure Examination.

Talk to Daryl in Honolulu about…

Daryl likes Japanese anime, Mary Grace and Vince are Korean Drama fanatics! But they all like Harry Potter movies!

Daryl will be presenting…

Title: A Survey of the Information-Seeking Behaviour (ISB) of Aquatic Science Librarians in Response to a Query

Abstract: Access to quality information plays a major role in a successful research. However, with the Internet, low-quality information has proliferated as anyone could post information online, which according to Silberg, et al. (1997) “the Net—and especially the Web—has the potential to become the world’s largest vanity press.” Nevertheless, several studies had been conducted proving that the Internet is the first information resource among different professionals mainly because of the convenience it gives to them. On the other hand, there are limited numbers of literatures about the preference of the librarians on providing answers to the information needs of their clienteles, and there is none among aquatic science librarians. Therefore, to provide an answer to this information gap, a survey will be conducted to investigate if aquatic science librarians like other professionals would opt to go to the Internet first rather than the library when searching for information. Moreover, preferred information sources whenever not available at the library will be identified. Results of the study will benefit aquatic science librarians as a whole since best practices will be documented and useful information resources will be enumerated.

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Presenter Profile Series: Geoffrey Francis Salanje


Our next featured presenter for our #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series is University Librarian Geoffrey Salanje from Malawi. Geoffrey will be presenting a paper on Collaborative Access to Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Information: Malawi’s Experience.


A little bit about Geoffrey…

Geoffrey is University Librarian at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi since 2013. Before that he has worked as a College Librarian of the then Bunda College of Agriculture under University of Malawi for about 13 years and an Assistant Librarian in the University of Malawi since March 1986. (Bunda College of Agriculture became an independent public university in 2012 after delinking from University of Malawi.)
Academically and professionally, Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Social Science (B.Soc.Sc, 1985) from University of Malawi majoring in Statistics, Management and Sociology; a Postgraduate diploma in Library studies (1988) from University of Botswana; and a Master’s degree in Library studies (MLS, 1992) from University of Wales – Aberystwyth. In his 31 years’ career – all in an academic library, he has attended a number of special short courses, workshops, seminars, meetings, conferences, etc.

Inside LUANAR Library

Geoffrey has been a member of IAMSLIC and AFRIAMLIC since 2002 and 2003 respectively. He first attended and presented a paper at AFRIAMSLIC biannual conference in Accra, Ghana in 2003 and in 2005 he attended and presented a paper for the first time at IAMSLIC annual conference held in Rome, Italy. Since then he has attended and presented papers at other IAMLIC annual conferences held in Portland, Oregon (2006); Sarasota, Florida (2007); Zanzibar, Tanzania (2011); and Rome, Italy (2015). Geoffrey successfully organized and hosted a 3rd AFRIAMSLIC conference in 2007.


Talk to Geoffrey in Honolulu about…

Academic librarianship in an African country where he has spent all his 31years career! He is also ready to share with you the challenges librarians in Malawi face and prospects in the profession. He likes reading current affairs and biographies; listening to country and western music, watching soccer and comedies on TV. Occasionally he drinks a glass of beer but not quite often! So feel free to talk to him when you meet him in Honolulu!

Geoffrey will be presenting…

Title: Collaborative Access to Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Information: Malawi’s Experience

Abstract: There is a lot of information on aquaculture and fisheries in the world. Most of this information is generated through research conducted by researchers, scientists and scholars among others. The information is available in electronic and printed forms. The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) has eased the access of aquaculture and fisheries science information in electronic form through the use of internet, intranets, CD-ROMs or computer databases. Whilst, printed information is still available, but with limited accessibility because the information might be located on one place. Accessing to aquaculture and fisheries science information has its challenges especially in Malawi. Some of the challenges are lack of locally generated information available online, inability by libraries and information centres to acquire all the needed information, reluctance by researchers, scientists and students to deposit information generated to libraries and information centres, unavailability of ICT equipment for accessing online information; and lack of knowledge by information users on where and how to find the information they need. These challenges could be resolved if there could be a close working relationship between librarians on one hand and aquaculture and fisheries scientists on the other. This would ensure that all the information generated by scientists is captured and collated into well-known locations. At the same time information which scientists are not aware of could be unearthed by librarians for their use.

Connect with Geoffrey through…
Library facebook:
University Twitter: @LuanarBunda ‏




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Presenter Profile Series: First installment

At last, our Presenter Profile Series begins today! We know you’ve been waiting all year to hear about our 2017 speakers for #IamHawaii. We start the series with Anne Moser from Wisconsin, USA. Anne will be presenting a poster on ‘Blurring the Edges of Collaboration – Art and Science’.

A little bit about Anne…

Anne is Senior Special Librarian in the Wisconsin Water Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she has worked since 2008. She has been a proud IAMSLIC member since she attended her first conference in Dania Beach, Florida in 2013. Anne recently enjoyed hosting the SAIL 2017 regional meeting in Madison. In her position at the UW, she manages a small library focused on freshwater science with an emphasis on the Great Lakes and the water resources of Wisconsin. More and more of her duties revolve around outreach and education to lifelong learners interested in aquatic sciences, from preschool age through retirement. She participates in events such as preschool story times at public libraries, a tall ship sail around Lake Michigan with formal educators and presentations to senior citizens in inland Wisconsin on issues related to microplastics.

Anne has worked as a special librarian in Madison, Wisconsin and Seattle, Washington over the course of her nearly 30 year career in libraries in local government, environmental consulting and higher education. Water has gotten a grip on her and she is deeply grateful to work in this area of environmental science. Anne holds a B.A. in Spanish and Art History from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from the UW-Madison.


Talk to Anne in Honolulu about…
Please feel free to come talk to me at the conference! Professionally, I am especially interested in talking with anyone about duties and roles they have taken on that are outside the norm of traditional library functions. On a personal level, I absolutely love to hike and bike and be in the outdoors as much as possible. I love listening to all kinds of music, especially folk, bluegrass and old time stuff. I recently traveled to Senegal to visit our eldest daughter and would love to share stories with anyone that has traveled to or lives in West Africa. Finally I love to read so I imagine I can talk to everyone!

Anne will be presenting…

Title: Blurring the Edges of Collaboration – Art and Science
Abstract: Research supported by the UW-Madison Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute (WSG) is ultimately relevant to people of all backgrounds, regardless of age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, or education level. WSG seeks out a diversity of collaborators to reach a diverse range of audiences with its outreach and education efforts in order to inspire a science-informed society. As an outreach component of WSG, the Wisconsin Water Library has held several events in recent years in support of a multidisciplinary approach to educating the public about wicked problems relating to water. One recent event in the spring of 2016 had the library assisting two UW-Madison MFA student artists organizing “Poly Pledge” events to raise awareness of plastic in the Great Lakes and area waters. Anne will highlight recent activities where unique collaborations were forged and surprising common ground was found between artists and scientists.

Connect with Anne through…  

Twitter: @WiscWaterLib


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Aloha Hawaii! 43rd annual IAMSLIC conference

It’s that time of the year again and we are on an excited countdown to our 43rd annual conference, being held this year in Honolulu, Hawaii October 22-26. Blurring the Edges: The Osmosis of Ideas, is shaping up to be a great conference so far. Our expectations are high and the venue alone should make you tingle with anticipation.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Hawaii and the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Stay tuned to this blog as we will bring you details of our speakers over the coming weeks and reveal to you the excellent networking, collaboration, and learning opportunity, that this conference brings.

Conference details are available at you can find information on lodgings, transport, registration, the programme, local attractions and all the usual stuff.

Please tweet and include @iamslicorg and our conference hashtag #IamHawaii, we’d love to see pictures of how you’re preparing for the conference, your posters being printed, practicing for your talk, getting on your flight- everything around this conference is exciting and we’d like to share it with you, so get tweeting 🙂

This could be you in a few weeks!

Conference committees

Program Planning Committee

Dave Baca, Chair

Steve Watkins, President

Jeanine Scaramozzino, Junior President-Elect


Maureen Nolan, CYAMUS

Hannah Russell, Pacific Islands

Jean Thoulag, University of Hawaii

Local Committee

Kris Anderson

Jean Thoulag

Thumy Web

Posted by Stephanie Ronan on behalf of the communications team.

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BBC series on the Pacific Ocean

I have been enjoying the BBC film series “Big Pacific”.  Three episodes have been released so far and can be watched for free online at:
Note that they expire and will no longer be available after one month.  This means the first one goes away on July 19th.
The photography is great.
Joe Wible
Hopkins Marine Station, librarian emeritus
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27th Annual SAIL Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin

The 27th annual meeting of the SAIL Regional Group of IAMSLIC was held May 16-19 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Anne Moser of the Aquatic Sciences Center (UW-Madison) and Alisun DeKock of the Shedd Aquarium (Chicago) co-hosted the conference for 26 IAMSLIC-SAIL members, speakers, and guests. Madison welcomed us with traditional Midwestern weather – we needed shorts and t-shirts the first day, umbrellas the next, pants and jackets by the end. Spring weather aside, the conference kicked off with a Wisconsin-style BBQ dinner on Tuesday evening with a presentation and tour of the Aquatic Sciences Center.

SAIL conference 2017 attendees overlooking Lake Mendota

Wednesday and Thursday included two full days of excellent and informative conference sessions from members and guest speakers, the SAIL business meeting, and State of the Union–SAIL Libraries. Thursday was capped off  with a tour of the Madison capitol building by our most erudite local guide, Anne Moser, and a dinner “on the square” with a view of the capitol dome over local beer, freshly caught whitefish from Lake Michigan and, of course, cheese curds.

The inside of “the people’s house” better known as the Wisconsin capitol building.

On Friday, a smaller group remained in the city for a tour of the Aldo Leopold Center, just north of Madison. Leopold is considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the US wilderness system. We were thrilled to visit “the Shack” where he did so much of his ecological observation and wrote many of the essays that comprise A Sand County Almanac.

Lupins were in full bloom in Wisconsin!

SAIL visits “the Shack” at the Aldo Leopold Center

Many thanks to our sponsors Wisconsin TechSearch, UW Press, WT Cox, Springer Nature, DEMCO and ProQuest for their support of this year’s conference.

If you’d like to learn more about this year’s SAIL conference and its sessions, check out the program at

-Alisun DeKock

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