Archive for June, 2008

Article: Achieving OAI-PMH compliancy for CDS/ISIS databases




Dear Colleagues

For those of you with CDS/ISIS databases the following paper might be of interest and has been published in the Electronic Library 26(3) 2008 p. 411-421

The article is also available at

“Achieving OAI-PMH compliancy for CDS/ISIS databases”


The FAO Library catalogue is a CDS/ISIS application

The author, Stefka Kaloyanova, worked with Fred Merceur at IFREMER to enable harvesting of FAO fisheries / aquatic metadata by AVANO Collins

FAO Fisheries Library

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ODINAFRICA Third Symposium and Exhibition 17 July 2008 Mombasa, Kenya



Third Symposium and Exhibition of the Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa

Thursday, 17 July 2008, Mombasa, Kenya.

“Addressing Challenges of Data Collection and Use for Management of Ocean Resources and Coastal Areas in Africa”

The Ocean Data and Information Network for Africa (ODINAFRICA) in collaboration with the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) are hosting the Third ODINAFRICA Symposium in Mombasa, Kenya on 17 July 2008.

The symposium will be preceded by the 7

th ODINAFRICA Planning and Review workshop (14 – 16 July 2008)

The symposium will bring together experts from Africa to share knowledge and experiences on the challenges of collection and use of data and information for management of ocean resources and coastal areas of Africa.

The overall theme of the workshop are especially on:

(i) Sources of Marine Information for Africa: [Portals, atlases, repositories, catalogues and directories, databases etc).

(ii) Monitoring of ocean resources and coastal areas in Africa. [observing systems, monitoring programmes, etc ].

(iii) Use of Data and Information for Marine Resource Management and Research [for reports and assessments, climate change, marine ecosystem health, marine related hazards, sea state observation and forecasting services, integrated coastal management etc]

Additional Information available from:

Mika Odido IOC of UNESCO, UNESCO Nairobi Office,

Posted by Arame Ndiaye keita,  ODINAFRICA regional Coordinator for Information Management, Direction des Peches Maritimes , Dakar, Senegal

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Congratulations to Moses Ibeun

This spring, Dr. Ibeun was awarded A Fellow of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria as recognization of his extensive activities with fisheries information and libraries in Nigeria.  He has been the lead advocate for  making Nigerian Fisheries literature internationally visible. Congratulations, Moses, for this well- deserved recognition.

Janet Webster & Jean Collins

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Next Polar Libraries Colloquy (PLC) 2010 at Bremerhaven, Germany


At the 22nd PLC Conference (June 2 – 6, 2008) in Edmonton, AB, Canada the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany was selected as the site for the next PLC Conference in June 2010.

The Colloquy meets biennially at venues by tradition alternating between Europe and North America.

Marcel Brannemann (AWI)


More information about PLC:

More information about AWI: AWI-Logo

More information about Bremerhaven:

Havenwelten Bremerhaven

Credits: BIS Touristik Bremerhaven, Germany

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First Librarian’s Workshop ‘Cuban Fisheries Research Centre’

Along this June 2-6, at the ‘Cuban Fisheries Research Centre’ (Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras de Cuba, the First Librarian’s Workshop will be celebrated with the participation of the Marine Research Center (Centro de Investigaciones Marinas,, the “Andrés González Lines” Fisheries Maritime Institute (Instituto Marítimo Pesquero “Andrés González Lines”), the Oceanologic Institut (Instituto de Oceanología,, the Marine Bioproducts Center (Centro de Bioproductos Marinos,, the Technical and Scientific Information Institut (Instituto de Información Científica y Tecnológica, and other guests from specialised libraries in diverse subjects coming from other Cuban provinces.
The subjects were:
IAMSLIC and OceanDocs/UNESCO : Advances and Challenges
ASFA updating works
Online Publishers
IDICT bibliographic research
IDICT Technical and Scientific Forum Reference Services
CIP Library at Technical and Scientific Forums
For the 2008-2009 period an agreement was attained on these actions:
1.      To coordinate the CIP Library support regarding the Instituto Marítimo Pesquero “Andrés González Lines” (IMP) IAMSLIC affiliation and what concerns the OceanDocs international project.
2.      OceanDocs digital repository new institutions integration:
–         Marine Research Center (
–         Marine Bioproducts Center (
–         Havanna Bay Cleaning, Conservation and Development State Taskforce (GTE Bahía Habana)
–         Oceanological Institute (
–         “Andrés González Lines” Fisheries Maritime Institute
3.      Sending a letter from CIP ( to the CIM Direction () in order to the ASFA database inclusion of the ‘Revista de Investigaciones Marinas’ (Marine Research Journal,
4.      ASFA CDs network installation in CIM  ( and for all other institutions that are IAMSLIC new members.
5.      On October 14, 2008, to meet at a workshop to check out the national marine sciences libraries services and projects.
6.      To propose the “Andrés González Lines” Fisheries Maritime Institute librarians participation into the CIP ( Technical and Scientific Forums
7.      IMP historical web site design assessment through the CIP Historical Commission.
8.      2009 2nd Librarian’s Workshop at CIP aims definition, along a previous meeting.

Enma Fonseca

Head Librarian  ‘Cuban Fisheries Research Centre’

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Fiji Conference Registration is open

Bula IAMSLIC Members!

Registration for the conference in Fiji is now open.

The conference web site is located at:

Click on Registration in the left column to reach the registration page.

Be sure to make your hotel reservations early to take advantage of
the terrific prices that the local arrangements team have negotiated for you.

Images of the conference merchandise may be viewed from the
conference web site by clicking on “Conference Merchandise” in the
left column.  There are T-shirts for both men and women (exact
size/dimensions can be found within the registration form) and there
are also 3 choices for sulus, a type of sarong.

A first draft of the program has been posted.  We will shortly
announce a second call for additional papers and posters.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions!

Liz Winiarz
IAMSLIC Conference Convener 2008

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Candidates Sought to run for office of President of IAMSLIC

To our IAMSLIC Membership:


I have been tasked as Chair of the Nominating Committee for IAMSLIC, to come up with at least two nominees willing to run for the office of President of IAMSLIC.  This is really a four year commitment:


Duties of the IAMSLIC President:

Junior President-Elect (2009): Voting member of Executive Board and
responsible for coordinating Executive board web page updates with the
web committee.   This meeting will be held in Belgium

President-Elect (2010): Voting member of Executive Board and
conference convener. This meeting will occur in Latin America.

President (2011): Runs Executive Board and business meetings,
manages IAMSLIC committee appointments and oversees IAMSLIC business.
Acts as grant administration for IAMSLIC grant cycles.   This meeting will be held in Africa

Past-President (2012): Serves on the Executive Board in a
non-voting advisory capacity and may chair the Bylaws Committee. This meeting will likely be held in the U.S.A.

The IAMSLIC bylaws allow for a conference registration waiver for the
year the candidate serves as President and a minimal amount of travel
support for IAMSLIC elected officers, but candidates should also have
the support (programmatically and hopefully financially as well) of
their institution when they commit to run and we do ask for written
acceptance from candidates who have agreed to stand for office.

We would love to hear from you either to nominate yourself, or with the names of candidates you think would make a good President and be willing to serve.  Our Committee members are:

Natalie Wiest <> <>, Chair
Marcel Brannemann <>
<> (Euraslic- 2010)
Andrea Cristiani <> <> (Latin
America- 2009)
Ann Devenish <> <>
(Unaffiliated 2009)
Meredith Hepburn <
<> (PIRG- 2010)
Pam Olson < > <mailto: >
(Cyamus- 2009)
Amady Sow <> <>
(Afriamslic- 2010)

Thank you!




Natalie Wiest

Chair, IAMSLIC Nominating Committee

Jack K. Williams Library

Texas A&M University at Galveston, U.S.A.

(409)740-4567        fax:  (409)740-4702

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Book Recommendation

I wanted to make sure you were all aware of a new book (citation below). I bring it to your attention since it has been labelled as “popular works” which means it might not show up on your radar for book selection. I am also giving the link to the NHBS description of the book since I think it does a good job describing the books contents and audience level.

Joe Wible

Author: Denny, Mark, 1951-
Title: How the ocean works : an introduction to oceanography
/ Mark Denny.
Imprint: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2008.
Physical Description: xviii, 320 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ;
26 cm.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject (LC): Oceanography–Popular works.
Local misc.: MONORECUnit/29 May 2008/ejh
ISBN: 0691126461(hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 069112647X (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780691126463 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780691126470 (pbk. : alk. paper)

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SAIL Panama Canal Zone Project 2008: an Aquatic Commons Collaboration

As a result of last month’s meeting at the Smithsonian Research Center in Panama City, several SAIL members are developing the SAIL Panama Canal Zone Project 2008. This project involves the digitization of publications that are related to the Biological Survey of Panama carried out by the Smithsonian between 1910-1912. The list of publications that have been identified is available at Panama Canal Zone Documents. This list includes links to documents at several sites including Aquatic Commons, Google Books, and the Biodiversity Library. Individual documents are being digitized by Liz DeHart, Jen Walton, and Stephanie Haas. Currently, fourteen documents are included in this project and they may be found by doing an Advanced Search using “Panama” in the keyword field. A project title search should soon be available.

If you have additional non-copyrighted items related to the Panama Canal construction and/or Panamanian biological diversity during this time period or later, please contribute them to the Aquatic Commons repository. For each item, please add the project name “ SAIL Panama Canal Zone Project 2008” to the metadata, and let Liz DeHart or Jen Walton know so they can add your documents to the bibliography.

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