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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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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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Presenter Profile Series: Stephen B. Alayon

Stephen B. Alayon is the penultimate presenter featured in our Presenter Profile Series for #IamHawaii 2017, and just in time as everything is about to kick off over in Honolulu!

A little bit about Stephen…

Stephen B. Alayon is the Data Bank Senior Information Assistant of the Library and Data Banking Services Section, Training and Information Division, Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/AQD) located in Iloilo, Philippines. He is also a part-time faculty member of the University of San Agustin and the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City. He finished both his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Education (Mathematics) degrees at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas. He is currently pursuing his Master of Library and Information Science degree at the Central Philippine University.

Stephen was the executive vice president of the Philippine Librarians Association Inc. (PLAI) in 2015-2016 and a national board of trustee in 2013-2014. He is also an active member of Special Libraries Association (SLA) Asia, Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP) and Philippine Association of Academic/Research Libraries (PAARL). He held various awards such as PAARL Outstanding Academic/Research Librarian 2012, ASLP Citation Award for Excellence in Research 2013, PLAI Distinguished Service Award 2014 and SLA Asian Librarian Award 2014. Thanks also to his hardworking, dedicated and amazing staff, SEAFDEC/AQD Library got the PAARL Best Library Program for SEAFDEC/AQD Institutional Repository (SAIR) in 2012 and PAARL Best Academic/Research Library in 2016.

Stephen has been a member of IAMSLIC since 2012. He has presented at the Annual Conferences in 2013 and 2015 (as oral presenter) and in 2014 and 2016 (as co-presenter), and served as a member of Aquatic Commons Board in 2015-2017.

Stephen and his team are currently doing research on information needs, stressors, and coping strategies of inmates and drugs dependants under rehabilitation. With the current situation of jails and rehabilitation centres in the Philippines as an onset of “drug war”, they plan to build jail libraries based on inmates’ actual needs. They will look into the use of books and readings as a coping strategy that could help rehabilitate inmates and drug dependants to prepare them for life after. Stephen and his team is also interested in investigating the use of social media during election, information needs of law students, issues in Philippine librarianship and the information needs of fishermen related to Marine Protected Areas, climate change among others.

Talk to Stephen in Honolulu about…

His research, Iamslic, the Philippines and the Aquatic Commons.

Stephen will be presenting…

Title: User Acceptance of IAMSLIC Digital Fisheries Library
Abstract: The International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) through the Aquatic Commons Board approved the deployment of IAMSLIC Digital Fisheries Library in the Philippines during the 2015 Conference. The digital library utilized the LibraryBox, a portable, open source distribution tool. This standalone wireless access is ideal for fisheries schools due to its location – with its limited or no Internet access and intermittent electrical power conditions.
With the aim to provide access to SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department (AQD) publications in these schools, more than a thousand publications that were already made available in SEAFDEC AQD institutional repository were also added in the box. The box contained over 26,000 publications, reports, articles and documents on all aspects of fisheries that are freely available. SEAFDEC is the first institution in the country to launch the project in July 2016 using this gadget. Five boxes were distributed in Philippine fisheries libraries devastated by Typhoon Yolanda and hazed by fire.
This study examined the factors that influence student’s acceptance and attitude towards the IAMSLIC Digital Fisheries Library. A survey was conducted to selected fisheries and marine biology undergraduate students in the Philippines. Relevance, perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, screen design and behavioural intention to use the digital library were determined.

Connect with the Stephen through…

Twitter: @stpnalaun

Affiliations: Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center
College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Education, University of San Agustin
College of Education, Central Philippine University

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Presenter Profile Series: Diane Castillo

We can almost smell the salty sea air we are so close to #IamHawaii now. Hope everyone’s final preparations for their trip to Honolulu are going well. Don’t forget to pack something in your bag for the Guin auction.

We have a few more presenters to showcase before signing of on this series for 2017. We hope you have enjoyed reading so far.

Next up for our Presenter Profile Series is Diane Castillo from Dalhousie University. Diane is presenting on Meeting Information Needs through Innovation: A Case Study of the Use of the International Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts Database.

A little bit about Diane…

Diana Castillo is a second year MLIS student at the Dalhousie School of Information Management. A California native, she first fell in love with the ocean due to frequent trips to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She completed her BA in Government and Latin American Studies at Smith College down in the United States, where she was got her first taste working at a small public library. After graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C., working at a non-profit advocacy group focused on evidence-based policies for three years before deciding to pursue her library degree. It was at Dalhousie she found out about marine science librarianship as a way to combine two of her areas of interest. Diana serves as co-chair for the Information Without Borders conference and works as a research assistant for the Environmental Information: Use and Influence group examining the intersection of information and policy. As part of her work with EIUI, she is currently working on her master’s thesis examining the use and perception Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts database among information professionals. This is her first trip to Honolulu, and she hopes to have time to explore the city and its rich history, as well as visit the local aquarium.

In Honolulu, talk to Diana about…

Her research project, Star Wars, women’s soccer, and sharks.

Diane will present…

Title: Meeting Information Needs through Innovation: A Case Study of the Use of the International Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts Database

Abstract: A significant hallmark of today’s society is the large quantity of scientific information about oceans available to researchers and decision-makers in a wide diversity of formats. Although much information is easily accessible, sizeable volumes may be unknown or limited in access despite benefiting stakeholder communities. The Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) database has been a resource since 1971 on the science, technology, and management of marine, brackishwater, and freshwater environments, and is an access point for a large amount of grey literature. Due to the rapidly changing information landscape, the future of ASFA in its present form is being reconsidered. Does an abstracting and indexing service have a place in present day aquatic research? Does ASFA meet the information needs of its potential users or are there alternatives available that work better? This paper will report on research, pursued in collaboration with FAO, to determine how ASFA is currently accessed and used. The initial results from the research will be presented, along with preliminary discussion of how the service might evolve in the changing information landscape. The research is relevant to IAMSLIC members, particularly with regard to fostering innovations in resources, services, and communication with information users



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