Archive for May, 2012

Disturbing news on Canadian Fisheries/Oceans libraries

I was curious about the recent news of federal library closures in Canada and did some Googling last week to see if anything had been reported about the Department of Fisheries and Oceans libraries in particular, many of which are run by IAMSLIC members. I was shocked to run across these news releases, among many others:

CBC News story: CBC News Posted: May 18, 2012 1:03 PM AT
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is planning to close two of its five regional offices, seven of its 11 libraries and some Coast Guard stations.
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The library at the St. Andrews Biological Station will close and library services will be consolidated on the west coast, in Halifax and in Ottawa.
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CBC News Posted: May 22, 2012 2:46 PM ET
Conservative MPs argue DFO cuts won’t hurt research – About 16 scientists and librarians at the St. Andrews Biological Station received layoff notices last week
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Concerned about these stories, I inquired of our IAMSLIC colleagues at DFO libraries and this is what they were able to tell me:

Here is the information as we have been told. Thanks for asking, Steve, et al.

DFO is planning on closing libraries.
Libraries that will remain will be 2 primary libraries:

Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney BC – Vancouver Island, BC
Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

There will be 2 other libraries for Coast Guard:

Ottawa, Ontario – Coast Guard Technical Library (1 staff)
Sydney, Nova Scotia – Coast Guard College Library

–Steve Watkins

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Will your marine lab survive when sea level rises?

For those of us working at marine labs, we are by definition on or near the ocean. Check out the following URL. You can find your marine lab on the map and then see if it will be underwater when sea level rises by 1 meter, 2 meters, 3 meters, etc.

http://flood.firetree.net/

Joe Wible
Hopkins Marine Station

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News: New journal on librarianship

Inaugural Issue of Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly
Communication Released!

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly
Communication (JLSC) is now available (http://jlsc-pub.org/jlsc/),
featuring open access, peer-reviewed research, about library-led
scholarly communication initiatives, online publishing and digital
projects. Journal content is licensed under a Creative Commons
Attribution license. The journal is a not-for-profit endeavor,
published by Pacific University Library. In support of open and
equitable opportunities for authors, JLSC does not charge article
submission or publication fees.

“Because libraries are actively working to shape the scholarly
communication sphere, there was a need for this important work to be
specifically represented in the literature. JLSC meets this need by
providing a dedicated ‘home’ for librarians to share their ideas about
institutional and digital repositories, open education initiatives,
library e-publishing services, authors’ rights advocacy efforts, data
curation and other emerging issues,” says editor Marisa Ramirez (Cal
Poly, San Luis Obispo).

JLSC is open to experimental formats and innovative alternatives to
the traditional publishing system.

“We welcome original research and practitioner experience papers, as
well as submissions in alternative formats, like audio, video, code,
datasets and other formats. To the extent possible, we also hope to
use JLSC as a testbed to reflect emerging approaches in this field,
such as new forms of peer review and alternative metrics for measuring
impact” says Isaac Gilman (Pacific University), editor. “As the roles
of libraries and librarians continue to evolve, JLSC will be the place
to learn about developments in scholarly communication,” adds Gilman.

Marisa Ramirez (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) and Isaac Gilman (Pacific
University) co-edit the journal in collaboration with an editorial
board comprised of experienced and respected library practitioners.

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Update on Canadian Federal Library Closures

The email Joe posted on Canadian Federal Library Closures contains misinformation. Environment Canada IS NOT closing any libraries. The Canadian Library Association has revised its press release (http://www.cla.ca/AM/TemplateRedirect.cfm?template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=12920) and apologized to the Head Librarian of EC.

-Janet Webster

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New IAMSLIC Members

Please welcome the following new IAMSLIC members :

Williamson, Kelsey(SAIL)

Library: Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Division Newport, Newport, USA

Peckover, Rachel (SAIL)

Library: American Society for Microbiology, Washington, USA

Otero , Alessandra

Library: Sea Grant Program, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Kovatcheva, Pavlinka (AFRIAMSLIC)

Library: University of Johannesburg, Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park, South Africa

Yusta, Sara (Latin America)

Library: Universidad Catolica de Temuco, Temuco, Chili

Posted by : Marie Pascale Baligand on behalf of the Membership Committee

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