Hopkin’ that it will be a great conference for our next #IamMex16 speaker

Dear all,

Wow it’s the final Friday before the conference! Exciting times ahead for #IamMex16. Don’t forget to do your homework on our speakers and have a browse through all these blog posts before the reception on Sunday evening, so you’ll recognise a few friendly faces and have something to chat about.

…And although the programme says ‘Dinner on own’ for Sunday-Tuesday, please don’t take that literally. As you’ve seen from these posts over the last few weeks, the IAMSLIC community are a friendly bunch, open to conversation and a bit of fun. So please, ask at the drinks reception if anyone has any dinner plans and include yourself :).


We still have a few speakers to tell you about. Next on the list is Amanda Whitmire, coming to you fresh from the depths of the ocean…

Please feel free to come talk to Amanda at the conference. She is especially interested in: data management and sharing; data curation; open science; data literacy instruction; and fiber arts of all kinds.


Amanda Whitmire is an oceanographer by training and a librarian by chance. She is Head Librarian and Bibliographer at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University. She earned a B.S. degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Oregon State University. Amanda is responsible for the day-to-day management of a marine biology branch library, and most enjoys the data-related aspects of her position. These include training faculty and students in research data management best practices, keeping current with the ways and means of open scholarship, and curating both the historical and contemporary data collections of the Hopkins Marine Station. Amanda is currently working on a 23-year oceanographic time-series that started in the 1950s. She is looking forward to participating in Software Carpentry instructor training this fall.

Title: Amanda will take part in a panel discussion on ‘The evolution of library space: a conversation about how library design supports our scholarly communities’

Abstract: The shift toward digital scholarly content has liberated space in the library that can now be dedicated to users rather than collections. On university campuses, this shift has largely resulted in the creation of “learning commons” areas that are focused on supporting the needs of undergraduate students. In the realm of specialist libraries and information centers however, our user base is skewed toward faculty and graduate students whose needs may be different than those of the general undergraduate population. How have we redesigned our spaces to accommodate their evolving needs? This panel discussion will address our observations on changing user needs, and how we have responded with changes to our spaces. We will focus on the unique needs of our communities, the realistic lifecycle of a remodel process, and will include a discussion of both helpful suggestions and pitfalls to avoid. We expect to engage with the audience on this topic to include them in the discussion.

Social Media: Twitter @AWhitTwit  @HopkinsMarine


Posted on behalf of the communications team by Stephanie Ronan

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