Archive for November, 2008

New book announcement: marine mammals autobiography

Fifty Years of Flukes and Flippers;  a little history and personal adventures with dolphins, whales and sea lions (1958-2007) is an authobiography by William E. Evans.  I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Evans from 1989 through 1999 in his tenure here at Texas A&M University at Galveston.  This might be the icing on the cake of Dr. Evan’s illustrious career working with marine mammals, but you should see that in his own words as he recounts how he came from Elkhart, Indiana to a career with marine mammals that has taken him all over the world.  Along the way he helped to develop the Navy’s marine mammal programs, and was U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmospheres (head of NOAA).  His book is published by Pensoft, distributed in the U.S. by Coronet Books. 

Natalie Wiest, Texas A&M University at Galveston

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Browse by Issuing Agency now available in Aquatic Commons

The Aquatic Commons repository is now browsable by Issuing Agency.   This recent enhancement was the direct result of contributors asking for the ability to pull up all of their contributions.  Browse by Issuing Agency is on the top menu bar of the Aquatic Commons pages.

In the Advanced Search, you can copy and paste the name of the agency into the Issuing Agency Field and then search by topics or other access points.  This provides full text searching to the entire document set from that agency.   Very helpful to your own agency researchers!

A note to contributors: please send the correct form of the agency name to Stephanie Haas [ schaas@gmail.com] for inclusion in the Authority List for Issuing Agencies. This field is sensitive to spacing and punctuation, and monitoring is ongoing.

Comments are most welcome!

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New interim Statistics page for Aquatic Commons

The Florida Center for Library Automation is working on implementing a statistics module for the Aquatic Commons Repository.   Until that is functional, I would like to share statistics on usage under Statistics links located on the Aquatic Commons page under the IAMSLIC homepage.  The first listing is for the top 50 titles accessed between July and September 2008.   As you will note, Aquaculture Asia is receiving a tremendous number of uses.

I will be adding statistics supplied from FCLA and other sources as they are discovered.   A Google Scholar update is on the way.

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