Archive for April, 2008

US Groundwater Temperature

IAMSLIC,

We’ve added a “reference question” category to the blog so that you’ll easily be able to search back for those great answers to stumper reference questions if you ever need them again.

For the record, Peter F. found the answer to his US Groundwater Temperature question at:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/gw

Regards, Barb Butler

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New bibliometric study – Estuaries

Estuaries and Coasts newest issue has a bibliometric study of Estuaries (its previous title)

http://www.springerlink.com/content/m9h585l8t1957262/fulltext.pdf

This article is Open access

Includes acceptance rates for Estuaries, L & O, Aquatic Botany, Wetlands.

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new blog

A great idea for collaboration.

As usual IAMSLIC is right at the forefront of embracing new technologies.

 

Meredith Hepburn

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Aquatic Commons. Content Development Group

From the Content Development Group (Joan Parker, Jan Haspeslagh, Janet Webster, Jean Collins)

Every time I start to write this – something new clicks into place for the Aquatic Commons and I never quite manage to communicate news from this Group.

Here is a brief resumé of some of our efforts to build the Content of AC – to promote the use of AVANO as our harvester – and to ask more IAMSLIC members to get involved:

Aquatic Commons brochure – available on the IAMSLIC AC page http://www.iamslic.org/index.php?section=175 All members are requested to display and/or distribute the brochure as part of the awareness raising campaign.

Building content – The CDG has started a work-in-progress spreadsheet to help us keep track of which collections or institutions or even individual series are at the planning stage or on an IAMSLIC member’s wish list for digitization and inclusion in AC. Some members are digitizing the publications of their own organization (or plan to) , others are digitizing and/or depositing for another organization. In the latter case a signed copy of an agreement with the originating institution is needed for the IAMSLIC archives. A suggested Contributor agreement is available http://www.iamslic.org/index.php?section=175

Once we have consolidated the spreadsheet i.e. tidied it up a bit, we will find somewhere it can be accessed by members.

Some of the areas we have been targetting so far include those institutions with publications up on a website but not in a Repository – obviously the priorities of the CDG may not be the same as yours. The best way to make sure we are more inclusive is by sending your wishlist to any one of the CDG. Be prepared to be asked to contact the institution/s and make them aware of AC and the advantages of getting their publications into a Repository.

Avano is doing a very nice job of harvesting our institutional repositories as well as the thematic ones. It harvests FAO metadata now – even though our Repository is not OAI-PMH compatible. The list of repositories being harvested is impressive http://www.ifremer.fr/avano/archives.htm Check that yours is included.

A lot of people are working behind the scenes to make AC a big success and of course more bodies are always needed. Have a look at the IAMSLIC AC page and see where you might contribute your skills.

Linking your library website to the Aquatic Commons http://aquacomm.fcla.edu and Avano http://www.ifremer.fr/avano/ is also a good way to publicize.

Comments, ideas, volunteers – any one of the Collection Development Group will be happy to hear from you.

Jean Collins

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Welcome to the IAMSLIC News Blog

IAMSLIC Newsletter co-editors Megan Gee and Jackie Wolstenholme need to take a break from their editor duties. Megan and Jackie– thank you again for all you have done to keep IAMSLIC well informed!

For many years the IAMSLIC newsletter was printed and mailed to members. In recent years we have posted the newsletter electronically. Given that our editors must step down the Executive Board has decided this would be a good time to experiment with the next evolutionary step and begin sharing our news via a blog. At 107 issues we will put the Newsletter on hiatus. We will miss Jackie and Megan as our co-editors but look forward to hearing from them via the blog!

As you will see, we have started with seven categories into which you can post: announcements, committee news, executive board news, president’s updates, interesting sites, regional group activities and
uncategorized.

Visit the IAMSLIC News & Events Blog at http://www.iamslic.org/blog/ or via the News & Events link under Publications on the IAMSLIC home page.

To post to the blog you should log in with the IAMSLIC username/password, choose the category, create and sign your post. Note—please do not copy and paste text from Word into the blog as this causes problems. If you want to edit your text offline before posting use a text editor such as Notepad or WordPad.

We have already posted a number of news items to the blog so please visit and read the news about grant cycles, the Nominating Committee and Site Selection Committees. And, post some news of your own!

A blog posting (but not subsequent comments) will generate an email that goes to the IAMSLIC discussion list. So, for regular installments of IAMSLIC news we encourage all members to join the IAMSLIC discussion
list and visit the blog to see any follow-up comments. See the Discussion List web page for hints on subscribing and managing IAMSLIC email: http://www.iamslic.org/index.php?section=22

Many thanks to Web Committee members Steve Watkins and Sally Taylor for creating the blog on our behalf!

Regards,

Barb Butler (IAMSLIC President 2007-8)

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Picture of the week

It could be nice if we shared nice pictures of aquatic-related topics. I suggest that everybody who likes to share his photographic skills within the community, posts his/her work in this category. Pictures should be documented, and free for use by colleagues.

What do you think?

Jan Haspeslagh

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Frank Mace MacFarland Opisthobranchiate Molluscan Collection

Frank Mace MacFarland was a member of Stanford faculty for almost sixty years. His long and intensive study of the nudibranchs brought Dr. MacFarland world-wide recognition as an authority on the life and habits of these animals. In the early summer of 1892 Dr. MacFarland came to Stanford as an instructor and advanced student, less than a year after the University first opened. During his long association with the University, Dr. MacFarland contributed much to its development. He played a leading role in organizing the Hopkins Seaside Laboraory (now Hopkins Marine Station) in Pacific Grove, of which he was in charge from 1910 to 1913 and co-director from 1915 to 1917, and in which he maintained an active interest throughout the remainder of his life.

The Harold A. Miller Library at Hopkins Marine Station houses the MacFarland collection. It consists of 119 bound volumes and 584 unbound reprints. The bound volumes are being added to Stanford’s Socrates catalog and can be pulled as a group by searching for “MacFarland Opisthobranchiate Mollusca Collection”. The citations for materials contained in the reprint collection are on the web page and include materials published between 1802 and 1969. The reprint list is complete, but I still need to do some clean up of some of the non-English characters that did not translate well. The URL for the page is:

http://library.stanford.edu/depts/miller/collections/MacFarland_Collection.html

-Joe Wible, Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

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New regional group structure is financially sustainable

I agreed to create a draft budget for IAMSLIC to assure that the new Regional Group structure is financially sustainable in its present form. This involved a lot of work (I reviewed five year’s worth of IAMSLIC financial transactions)– if you are interested in the long description of IAMSLIC’s financial status you can visit the IAMSLIC Annual Reports page (http://www.iamslic.org/index.php?section=17) and read the entire document (President’s Budget Summary). If you are interested in the short story I can tell you that the Executive Board has reviewed the document and agrees that our new regional group structure is financially sustainable!

Barb Butler

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A New Era in IAMSLIC Communication

IAMSLIC Newsletter co-editors Megan Gee and Jackie Wolstenholme have done a great job for IAMSLIC over the years bringing us the news on a quarterly basis. In case you didn’t know, we met Jackie at the conference in Hobart just about the time she decided to attend library school (no kidding– we didn’t scare her off!). She’s completed her degree and has started her first professional position. Sadly, she also realizes that she needs to take a break from her editor duties to focus on her new job. At 107 issues and with the editors needing a break it seems like the right time to try sharing our news in a different fashion.

Megan and Jackie– thank you again for all your work. We’ll miss you as our co-editors but look forward to hearing from you via the blog.

-Barb Butler

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Site Selection and Nominating Committees

Earlier this year the IAMSLIC Executive Board decided to provide both the Site Selection and Nominating Committees with improved structure and continuity by having only half of each committee replaced each year (rather than re-forming the committee each time). Details are available on the respective web pages and my thanks to Beth Avery for chairing Site Selection this year and Natalie Wiest for chairing the Nominating Committee.

Barb Butler

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