Archive for October, 2012

Retirement of Avano

IAMSLIC,

For several years we have been fortunate to have IFREMER hosting our official OAI Harvester, Avano (http://www.ifremer.fr/avano/), for Aquatic Commons and other marine and ocean sciences resources.  Usage has dropped to a very low level.  I’m sure there will be a few who will miss this resource (and please contact me directly if this is the case) but I believe we all understand their decision to close a service with declining usage and limited staff available for support.

I cannot take credit for the following statement as it comes from Stephanie Haas’ and is a perfect description of the thanks we owe Fred and IFREMER. “Your foresight in developing Avano was extraordinary and occurred at the exact time when IAMSLIC was identifying the structural components that were needed to successfully serve the marine and aquatic science research communities.  I think all of us recognize the contribution Avano made as one of the first successful harvesters.  At that time, I don’t think anyone could have imagined the far reaching impact of Google on the whole universe of research endeavors. ”

Regards,

Joan Parker

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IAMSLIC Task Force on the IODE initiative is set up

I am pleased to inform you that the Task Force on the IODE initiative for establishment of a joint IAMSLIC-IODE Group of Experts on Marine Information Management (IAMSLIC/IODE GE-MIM) has been set up. The group will discuss the IODE proposal and work on the recommendations to the Executive Board.

 The members of the group are:  Suzie Davies, Maria A. Ginori, Maria Kalentsits, Chris Nelson, Edna Nyika, Pauline Simpson, Brian Voss, Jennifer Walton.

Once again, my sincere thanks to all the volunteers who are willing to give their time and energy to assist the Executive Board with this important issue.

Best regards,

Maria Kalentsits, IAMSLIC President 2012-2013

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Library 2.012 Starts Tomorrow – Worldwide and Free, 150 Sessions + 11 Keynotes

This free virtual conference may be of interest to many IAMSLIC members:

Library 2.012, the “Future of Libraries” conference, starts tomorrow, Wednesday, October 3rd, at 6:30 am US-Pacific Daylight Time and continues for 40 straight hours. The conference is free to attend, and is held virtually in Blackboard Collaborate. We have 150 presentation sessions and 11 keynote addresses from all over the world this year, and subject strands include physical and virtual learning spaces, evolving professional roles in today’s world, organizing and creating information, changing delivery methods, user-centered access, and mobile and geo-social information environments.

The schedule for the conference can be seen in your own time zone–allowing you to easily and quickly find and attend sessions that interest you. You can connect and converse with the presenters and other attendees in the 15,000-member Library 2.0 network. Recordings will be made of all sessions, will also be free, and will be posted on the conference site.

Special thanks to the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University (http://slisweb.sjsu.edu), the founding conference sponsor; to Follett Software Company and Blackboard Collaborate; and to our 31 partner organizations and our 70 international advisors.

We hope you will join us!

Steve

Steve Hargadon
Co-Chair, Library 2.012

[posted by Steve Watkins, who is co-presenting on Wednesday 03 October at 11:00 Pacific Daylight Time]
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IAMSLIC membership fees

Dear colleagues,

It is about 10 years now since IAMSLIC membership rates were raised last time. Last week, the IAMSLIC Executive Board has reviewed and approved a proposal by the Membership Committee to raise the annual membership fee from $20 to $25 for members from low and middle income countries, students, and retired members, and from $50 to $65 for members from high-income countires; but maintain the current rate for the 3-year renewals as an incentive.

New membership rates are the following:

Members from high-income countries: 1 year – $65; 2 years – $130; 3 years – $150

Members from low and middle income countries: 1 year – $25; 2 years – $50; 3 years – $60

Students: 1 year – $25; 2 years – $50; 3 years – $60

Retired members: 1 year – $25; 2 years – $50; 3 years – $60

If you are not a member or your membership has expired, we encourage you to join or renew.

 Best regards,

Maria Kalentsits

IAMSLIC President 2012-2013

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