Archive for November, 2012

Update on Fisheries-Oceans Canada library mergers

A recent article in the Halifax Herald News titled “Fisheries library merger draws fire in Quebec” talks about some of the opposition to the merger of the libraries of Fisheries and Oceans Canada into two regional physical collections.  This merger is having major impacts on a number of our IAMSLIC colleagues from Canada who are facing uncertainty about the future of their jobs and their libraries.

–Steve Watkins

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Guide to Marine Organisms of Texas

… and areas of the Gulf of Mexico. TAMUG faculty have put together a photo ID guide at: http://txmarspecies.tamug.edu/

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The Executive Board has approved Draft Recommendations prepared by the Task Force on the IODE proposal for establishing of a joint IAMSLIC-IODE GEMIM

Dear colleagues,

 I am pleased to inform you that the Executive Board has approved Draft Recommendations prepared by the Task Force on  the IODE proposal for establishing of a joint IAMSLIC-IODE GEMIM.

Recognizing the benefits of this initiative for both Parties and along with the recommendation to proceed with establishing of the joint GEMIM, the Task Force has brought up a number of concerns to be addressed prior to drafting of the Terms of Reference for this group. The document containing recommendations is available on the IAMSLIC website http://www.iamslic.org/people/committees-taskforces/iamslic-iou-mou . Your comments and considerations are welcome and important to the Board.

 The IAMSLIC Executive Board and IODE have already started working on the issues of concern. We hope to  be able to complement the recommendations with an Annex addressing some of our concerns shortly.  All the IAMSLIC members will be invited to vote on the Recommendations around 20th of November.

Thank you and best regards,

 

Maria Kalentsits

IAMSLIC President 2012-2013

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New source of underwater images at no cost for non-commercial use

I received the following email and thought others might find this of interest.

Joe Wible, Hopkins Marine Station

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Dear kelp forest enthusiasts,

If your photographic talents are as woeful as mine and you are constantly searching for high quality images for your lectures, presentations and publications, then you will be pleased to learn that there is now a collection of professional quality underwater images available for non-commercial use at no cost. Many of you know Ron McPeak, an accomplished natural historian, kelp biologist and underwater photographer. Ron’s photographs of the underwater biota of giant kelp forests have received numerous awards and have been displayed in many highly acclaimed publications and museums/aquariums. Ron is now retired and recently he generously made his collection of underwater photographs freely available to us for our research and teaching needs. Ron’s collection contains over two thousand 35 mm color slides of the underwater biota of giant kelp forests in California and Baja Mexico from 1965 to 1999. There also are images of kelp harvesting in California, salmon spawning in Alaskan streams, and aerial and landscape views of coastal California and its offshore islands. The entire collection of 35 mm color slides was scanned at approximately 3,300 pixels in long dimension (courtesy of the NSF funded Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research project) and images can be downloaded in jpg format from UCSB library’s Digital Collections web site http://digital.library.ucsb.edu/collections/show/23 (higher resolution images can be obtained by contacting the library’s Department of Special Collections). All images are well documented with captions, date and location, and subject matter, making them useful for historical purposes as well. The browse features on the library’s website are a bit clumsy, but images of a particular subject matter or species can be located rather easily by using the search commands at the top of the web page. UCSB owns the copyright to all images and photo credits should be given to Ron McPeak.

Please notify your students and colleagues of this valuable resource and join me in thanking Ron for his generosity in making it available to us.

Regards, Dan

— Dan Reed

Marine Science Institute

University of California

Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150

(805) 893-8363 office phone

(805) 893-8062 FAX


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