Archive for May, 2008

Membership Committee Report

NEWS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE – MAY 2008

 

Preliminary discussions are underway concerning the pros and cons of forming one regional group comprising the Asia and Pacific regions. Committee members are in favor of this plan.  The Pacific Islands Group was recently enlarged to include members from Australia and New Zealand.  We have more than 20 Asia members currently not affiliated with a regional group and this incorporation of Asian members into the Pacific group would be a workable plan until a separate Asian group is formed. Please give us your thoughts on this. If there are no objections, we will move forward on formalizing this plan.

The regional group representatives have been contacting existing IAMSLIC members who are currently not subscribing to our email discussion list and encouraging them to do so.  Chris Nelson (Australia) actively kicked off this campaign and his work is greatly appreciated. In the past, many avoided subscribing due to heavy interlibrary loan traffic on the list.  However, thanks to the active and efficient use of the IAMSLIC Z39.50 Distributed Library, this is no longer a problem. We encourage all members to subscribe to the discussion list.

Instructions may be found here: http://www.iamslic.org/index.php?section=22

The regional groups are also composing welcome letters that will encourage new IAMSLIC members to be active participants in their regional groups.  Thanks to Bart Goossens (Belgium), the EURASLIC welcome letter is already being used. Olga Akimova (Russia) has kindly translated this letter into Russian.  The committee is actively seeking new members. Special thanks for major recruitment mailings that were done by Murari Tapaswi (India) and Jean Collins (Italy).  Murari is trying to increase our membership in Asia and Jean has concentrated on fisheries related organizations.  Also, thanks to Amy Arisola (Philippines) who is promoting IAMSLIC within the SEAFDEC network.

Another recruitment mailing is underway in North America targeting both organizations that formerly had member librarians and organizations that appear to be unaware of our existence.

WE RELY ON EXISTING MEMBERS TO HELP RECRUIT NEW PEOPLE. Keep in mind that we also grant one-time three-year sponsored memberships to those needing financial aid to join the organization.  If you wish to suggest an individual or organization for a sponsored membership, please contact your regional group representative or any member of the membership committee. Committee members can be found here:http://www.iamslic.org/index.php?section=46

Membership brochures are available on the website in 5 languages: http://www.iamslic.org/index.php?section=3

We recently added a brochure in Portuguese. Special thanks to Maria Salete Ribelatto Arita for providing the translation and to Gabriela Silvoni for making this happen. The printable membership directory is constantly updated to reflect both new members and changes to entries for existing members.

The online membership directory is both searchable and printable and can be found in the members only area of the IAMSLIC website http://www.iamslic.org/index.php?section=19 

IAMSLIC currently has 359 members. Please join the membership committee in welcoming the following new members:

Ahmed El Nemr

Ministry of Scientific Research, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF)

Alexandria, Egypt

 

Domingo Tasso Junior

Universidade de Sao Paulo, Instituto Oceanografico (IO/USP)

Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

Carola Kauhs

Max-Planck-Institut fuer Meteorologie: Bibliotheks-und Informationsservice des ZMAW

Hamburg, Germany

 

Carla Wood

Fundacion Chile Library

Santiago, Chile

 

Satya Ranjan

National Institute of Oceanography

Goa, India

 

Ann Hubble

University of California, Santa Cruz, Science & Engineering Library

Santa Cruz, California, United States

 

Martina Plettendorff

Bundesamt fuer Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH) Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency Library

Hamburg, Germany

 

Ataban Kapule

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Honiara, Solomon Islands

 

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Kristen L. Metzger , Membership Committee Chair

kmetzger@conshelf.com

29 May 2008

 

 

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ICES journal of marine science & self-archiving

For those who have not noticed, Oxford University Press now gives us the right to publish postprints in our repositories (earlier only preprints!) – admittedly with a 12 months embargo. Read more on the Sherpa webpages at    http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo.php

Brit Skotheim

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Aquatic Commons repository hits 1,000+ deposits

The Aquatic Commons repository now contains more than 1,000 full text documents.  Latest additions include submittals from the Fisheries Society of Nigeria and the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit.   FCLA is working on implementing a statistical reporting package and batch importing.  Additionally of note, Avano IAMSLIC’s official harvester created by IFREMER now has access to more than 134,000 full text items.

We need your help to create this global resource.  Join us by contributing resources, your efforts will be appreciated by all!

Submitted by Stephanie Haas on behalf of the Aquatic Commons Board and Working Groups

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Potential resource for individuals seeking travel grants

Although Foundation Grants to Individuals is not a free resource there is an affordable one-month option (US$9.95). Perhaps those who have this resource available could comment on its usefulness for helping members look for sources of travel to conference.

— joan

http://gtionline.fdncenter.org/

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BeachMap—A Tool to Find Beach Information

If you’re a family going to Oahu where do you find out which beaches offer parking? BeachMap is a user-created site for beach information designed to test a new way to reach and interact with people interested in beaches. In the future it may include water quality data or something else users are seeking. Find a beach. Enjoy a beach.” Source: Surfrider Foundation

 

Access: http://www.surfrider.org/beachmap/

 

Posted by: pfritzler

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Most detailed picture of ocean currents announced …

Scientists have recently detected criss-crossing patterns of currents throughout the world’s oceans that roughly parallel the Equator. The findings present the the most detailed picture of ocean currents to date. For more information, please see the following articles:

  1. http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2008/428/3?rss=1
  2. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-04/uoc–srp042408.php
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The Status of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States

The Status of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States is published every three years and features the most comprehensive and up-to-date data on the status of coral reefs stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to remote areas of the Pacific. The next edition is set for release in July 2008.

The State of the Reef report is free to the public and available in both print and electronic versions. It’s an excellent resource and I would like to broaden our distribution list to include more libraries and information centers across the U.S.

To see the PDFs of the 2005 report, please visit
http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/coralreef/coral_report_2005/

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Alicia Clarke, Science Writer
Contractor to NOAA’s Biogeography Branch

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East West Highway, (SSMC4/9258), N/SCI-1
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301.713.3028 x189
Fax: 301.713.4384

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Waypoint Newsletter

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