Presenter Profile Series: Collaboration from the University of British Columbia

Can you believe that this day next week delegates will be arriving in Honolulu for #IamHawaii?!! Super exciting I think you’ll agree.
This next Presenter Profile Series blog post focuses on a collaboration from the University of British Columbia. Sally Taylor, Arielle Lomness, Mathew Vis-Dunbar and Mayu Ishida are presenting a paper entitled Science Literacy Week: Building Partnerships through a Passion for Discovery.

Sally Taylor

A little bit about Sally…

Sally Taylor is a science librarian on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. In addition to providing liaison and instruction for the biological sciences, fisheries, and forestry, she is part of a 3-person collections team at Woodward Library where she takes a lead role on monograph acquisitions, donations and collection moves. Sally also co-chairs the ebooks subcommittee that is responsible for purchasing ebook packages and managing the evidence-based acquisitions programs at UBC Library.

Sally has an MLIS from UBC, and a BSc and MSc from Queen’s University, Canada. She has spent her entire 20-year career at Woodward Library except for an 8-month stint as a volunteer librarian at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands. She has co-taught the course “Science and Technology Information Sources and Services” twice at the UBC iSchool and has recently published a book chapter entitled “Marine and aquatic sciences information literacy” (in “Agriculture to Zoology: Information Literacy in the Life Sciences” edited by Kuden, Braund-Allen and Carle).

Sally has been a member of IAMSLIC since 2000 when she took the ferry to Victoria to attend the 26th annual conference. She is a Past President of IAMSLIC and currently Chair of the Aquatic Commons Board.

Talk to Sally in Honolulu about…
Aquatic Commons; library collections, especially evidence-based acquisition of ebooks; ukulele; and plans for her sabbatical in 2018 (including a return to the Galapagos).

Mathew Vis-Dunbar

A little bit about Mathew…

Mathew is currently working on term at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus, where he liaises with Medicine, Human Kinetics, and Biology.

Mathew graduated with a Master of Library and Information Studies and a Master of Archival Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2016. As part of his studies, he worked with UBC’s science library on the Vancouver campus and at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, in Bamfield, British Columbia.

This will be Mathew’s first IAMSLIC conference.

Talk to Mathew in Honolulu about…

Before embarking on a career in librarianship, Mathew worked in horticulture, travelling and working in botanical gardens. So, among a myriad of other interests, if you like to talk plants you can chat him up.

Mayu Ishida

A little bit about Mayu…

Mayu Ishida is a science librarian at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on the Vancouver campus in Canada, liaising for the undergraduate biology program, computer science, mathematics, and statistics. She also engages in research data management initiatives at UBC and as part of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries Portage Network. Before working at UBC, she was a research services librarian at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She graduated with MLIS from UBC, and with BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University. This is her first time attending the IAMSLIC conference.

Talk to Mayu in Honolulu about…
While living in Winnipeg, she learned to knit and keep herself warm during the prairie winter. She would like to meet other knitters at IAMSLIC and ask about their favorite yarns and patterns.

Arielle Lomness

A little bit about Arielle…
Arielle Lomness is the Collections Librarian on the Okanagan Campus of the University of British Columbia in Canada. She is also the liaison librarian for a range of science programs on the campus. In her position, she is responsible for developing and managing the campus’ budget and resources, as well as participating in the wider institution’s collections decisions. Through her liaison work in the sciences, she began participating in the national initiative – Science Literacy Week – which has allowed her to interact more with faculty researchers and graduate students eager to enter their profession.

She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Alberta, graduating in 2013. Since then, she has become passionate about evidence-based collections assessment, e-book publishing/purchasing models, and digitization.

While she can’t be there in-person – please do reach out to her via email if you have any questions!

The collaboration will present…

Title: Science Literacy Week: Building Partnerships through a Passion for Discovery

Abstract: Launched in 2014 by a graduate of the University of Toronto who reached out to libraries in his city, Science Literacy Week now partners libraries, museums, and universities across Canada through a passion for discovery and sharing. The week-long event unites inquiry and zeal, highlighting Canadian scientists and science communicators. Librarians at the University of British Columbia (UBC) joined the foray in 2015, venturing out of their comfort zone to organize events and displays celebrating the wonders of science. The first year saw a modest book display and a few exhibits, but the event has grown to include a Wikipedia edit-a-thon, a Science Expo, a Living Library, and a coding workshop. We’ll share how this was achieved through collaborations within the library, with campus groups, and beyond UBC. Join us as we explore the secret ingredients that have contributed to a fun and successful annual celebration.
Connect with the group through…

Sally– Email: sally.taylor@ubc.ca
Twitter: @sallyjoytaylor

Mathew– Email: mathew.vis-dunbar@ubc.ca

Mayu– Email: mayu.ishida@ubc.ca

Arielle– Email – arielle.lomness@ubc.ca

Library– website: http://www.library.ubc.ca/
Twitter @ubclibrary
https://www.facebook.com/UBCLibrary

 

Posted by Stephanie Ronan, Communications Team

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Presenter Profile Series: Lisa Raymond

Excitement is palpable at Iamslic HQ, as final preparations begin before all the delegates arrive next week for #IamHawaii. Best of luck to the organising committee, you’re doing stellar work.

Next in our Presenter Profile Series is Lisa Raymond, from  the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Lisa is presenting a poster with Audrey Mickle on Making Connections With Linked Open Data.

A little about Lisa…

Lisa Raymond is the Co-Director of the MBLWHOI Library and Director of Library Services at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, responsible for the planning, development, and administration of the MBLWHOI Library and for the coordination of the programs of the science libraries of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Lisa’s research activities focus on data publication and citation. She also works on data curation, accessibility, and long term preservation of legacy data. Lisa is the IAMSLIC Archivist. She is an active member of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She is President of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) and has served as an Invited Expert on several steering groups for the UNESCO/IOC Project Office for the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE). Lisa has been associated with the MBWHOI Library for over 25 years.

Talk to Lisa in Honolulu about…
Professionally I love to talk about all issues surrounding data and the implications for library services, as well as the changing role of librarians. Personally, I am into gardening and flower arranging.

Lisa will be presenting…
Poster title: Making Connections With Linked Open Data

Abstract: The MBLWHOI Library participated in an NSF EarthCube grant called GeoLink. The project brought together experts from the geosciences, computer science and library science to develop Semantic Web components that support discovery and reuse of data and knowledge. The Library collaborated with scientific users, data managers, DSpace engineers, experts in ontology design patterns, and user interface developers to make the Woods Hole Open Access Server (WHOAS), a DSpace repository, available as linked open data. The Library also created a component (widget) that will display in repository records that have related information in one of the partner resources. WHOAS includes hundreds of technical reports, theses, and articles, many with cruise information listed as a subject. Javascript was added to the page that looks for a subject meta tag indicating a cruise, grabs the string, and searches GeoLink for cruises with matching labels. All of the code the Library developed is freely available in GitHub.

Connect with Lisa through…

Twitter: @MBLWHOILibrary
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mblwhoilibrary
Library website: http://www.mblwhoilibrary.org/

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Call for Applications: ASIRA Online Course on Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture for low-incomes countries

FAO/AGORA announces the Call for Applications: ASIRA Online Course on Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture for low-incomes countries:

Course Design

  • Unit I: Scientific Publishing Landscape

Lesson 1: The scientific publishing landscape

Lesson 2: Overview of research and publishing environment in agricultural sciences

Lesson 3: Local information and global access systems

  • Unit II: Accessing scientific information resources in agriculture

Lesson 4: Identifying information sources

Lesson 5: Using information sources

Lesson 6: Information resources in agricultural sciences

  • Unit III: Using search results

Lesson 7: Citing and referencing

Lesson 8: Intellectual property and copyright

Further information:
http://aims.fao.org/activity/blog/call-applications-asira-online-course-access-scientific-information-resources

REGISTRATION for the 4th edition of the online  Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture (ASIRA) course is now OPEN (till October 15thSunday 23:00 CEST). The course runs for 3 weeks from 30th October to 19th November 2017.

–Posted on behalf of Hai Yen Dang at the Vietnam Institute of Oceanography

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Profile Presenter Series: Elizabeth Ann Peimer

Today we present to you Elizabeth Ann Peimer from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport for our #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series.

A little about Elizabeth Ann…
Elizabeth Peimer currently serves as the Library Director/Technical Program Manager of the Corporate Research and Information Center at Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division Newport. Ms. Peimer is the Navy environmental planning community’s subject matter expert for library and best available science research. Prior to 2012 Ms. Peimer was a contract task manager for Navy environmental planning activities, taught as an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Rhode Island, held management positions in academia and non-profits, owned a web design business, and worked in the field of alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Peimer holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication learning and design from Ithaca College. In addition, she has master’s degrees in public administration and library and information science from the University of Rhode Island.

Talk to Elizabeth Ann in Honolulu about…

Web design, information architecture, digital repositories, libraries, reading, environmental sustainability, culinary arts, meditation, mindfulness, yoga, knitting, travel…and last, but certainly not least, my wonderful husband of 15 year and two amazing daughters (3 and 6).

Elizabeth Ann will be presenting…

Title: Achieving Revolutionary Library Transformation Incrementally

Abstract: Over the past five years the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport Corporate Research and Information Center (CRIC) has been transformed into a 21st century information and resource center, offering streamlined on-demand library resources and extensive information management services via the Research Commons, an online digital library platform and institutional repository intended to support mission requirements by increasing cross-command research collaboration and knowledge sharing.
In 2012, the command considered shuttering the library. Leadership accepted an eleventh hour proposal to incrementally transform services while cutting resources, and in less than five years the CRIC has become the most progressive Warfare Center library and a hub for innovation. Progress has been strategically incremental, both to overcome limited resources and to prevent service innovations from alienating our users. I will relay how this was accomplished, from early planning to execution, and the processes we put in place to identify and evolve services anticipation of our user’s needs.

Connect with Elizabeth Ann through…

NAVSEA Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/NUWCNewport/

Website: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Warfare-Centers/NUWC-Newport/

Twitter: @NAVSEA

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Presenter Profile Series: Dang Thi Hai Yen

Our next speaker for the #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series is Dang Thi Hai Yen, who hails from Nha Trang city in Viet Nam.

It has always been a dream of Hai Yen’s to go to Hawaii, so she is very excited about this conference. This dream was inspired by a meeting with Dr. Isabella Aiona Abbott (June 20, 1919 – October 28, 2010 in Honolulu), who she met in April 1999 at her Institute, the Viet Nam Institute of Oceanography, during the Workshop on Pacific algae. Hai Yen worked for Dr. Abbott’s group as receptionist and admired her dedication to marine science. Dr Abbott was an educator and ethnobotanist from Hawaii. The first native Hawaiian woman to receive a PhD in science, she became the leading expert on Pacific algae. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Abbott

In this photo of the Workshop from 1999, Dr Abbott is in the middle in the white shirt, and Hai Yen stands at the front right:

A little about Hai Yen…

Hai Yen works at the Viet Nam Institute of oceanography since 1997. The Institute’s library founded in 1922 is a specialist oceanographic library. It is famous for the collection of original historical books on oceanography of the world, published during the 18th and 19th centuries. She benefits from having very friendly colleagues in the library.
Hai Yen graduated from the Pedagogical University, majoring in teaching French in elementary school. She started work in the library as a translator French-Vietnam. In 2001 she received a fellowship from The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) for a one month training course for library management training at ICLARM – World Fish Center in Penang, Malaysia. There she met Ms. Kamsiah Mohd Ali – the Information Service Manager of ICLARM, her first teacher for DDC classification, LC classification and thesaurus ASFIS. New opportunities are always presenting themselves in the library world and the teachers of Ocean Teacher/IODE give her the experiences she needs to engage in these activities, especially help with preserving ancient documents, digitising documents, and inspire her to try new endeavors.
Hai Yen happily became a member of PIRG – IAMSLIC at the 40th IAMSLIC Conference in Noumea – New Caledonia. She hopes for an open connection and sharing of information among marine libraries from the Westpac Ocean. Her motto is Working together to make a difference – Working together for a better future.

Talk to Hai Yen in Honolulu about…

When you see  Hai Yen at the conference you can have a chat about traveling, acrylic painting, and swimming.

Hai Yen will be presenting…

Title: Innovations in resources, services and communication face the change in scientific publishing landscape

Abstract: The academic publishing system is the way for communicating and sharing new science and research findings in the science community. New science and innovations – the outputs of research are the results of this system. The landscape of scientific publishing has continually evolved over the past years. Open access and citation databases are set to bring a revolution to science publishing, and science should not be “locked”. The rapidly changing landscape of scientific publishing has positive effects on both authors and publishers: higher pressure on scientists to publish, publishers of scientific journals can now use electronic publishing as the main way to present research results, open access in publishing, easy to manage citations (citation databases, reference management tools). However, there are also challenges for low-income countries in the new publishing model. Today peer review panel of international scientific publishers requires use of references in scientific papers found in high-level peer-reviewed citations databases. In the case of low-income countries, local journals are often physically and digitally locked in traditional libraries, and not open access, making it difficult to generate citation databases for articles from local journals; and how to access scientific information all over the world. In this paper, I first refer to share with librarians from other low-countries the case of my Institute and my country in supporting scientists for scientific publishing in the following ways:
–To build the institutional repository(accessing/disseminating information);
–To join the repositories OceanDocs/IOC/IODE/Unesco& Aquatic Commons (The goal is to create the scientific citations for local publications on Google Scholar);
-To utilize capacity development programs for low-incomes contries: Agora – journals (FAO); OpenScienceDirectory – journals (IOC/IODE); Training programme for low-incomes countries (Research4Life, AuthorAid Supporting developing country researchers in publishing their work).

Connect with Hai Yen through…

Facbook: Đặng Hải Yến

 

 

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BI-International professional exchange & Małgorzata Grabowska-Popow

Each year BI-International für internationalen Fachaustausch/BI-International run a professional exchange with Germany for library professionals from aborad. Bibliothek & Information International (BI-International) is the standing committee of Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID), the Federal Association of German Library and Information Associations, for the promotion of international professional exchange.
With the exchange they support your plans to explore the German library landscape and to strengthen international knowledge transfer by:
· Providing financial support for professional visits to German libraries
· Providing organisational assistance and financial support for study tours to Germany
· Allocating financial support for participating in international conferences in Germany
· Encouraging personal professional contacts with German library specialists and colleagues
· Assisting in finding partners for European and international projects
· Recommending German specialists for participating in international conferences or seminars
· Providing and mediating current information on developments in the German library world

Further information can be found here.

This year Małgorzata Grabowska-Popow will benefit from the scheme. Małgorzata is a librarian working in the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Gdynia, Poland and currently a PHD candidate in history. It is a small library with Małgorzata as a full time staff member and just one colleague working part time. Due to the changing nature of the profession and the services the library provides, Małgorzata is constantly upskilling and providing new resources and services to the patrons. She actively works with EURASLIC and IAMSLIC for interlibrary loan services, conferences and workshops.
In 2004 Małgorzata visited the libraries in Kiel, invited by Barbara Schmidt and the libraries in Hamburg, through the BI-International professional exchange. This year she will be hosted by the library of Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (Warnemuende), this library has a similar holdings as her own. She will also visit libraries that should prove to be a marvellous source of information about contemporary scientific information and library science.
Through her visit, Małgorzata hopes to increase her knowledge of: the German library holdings, visitor numbers, collection history, library services, cataloguing systems, their digitisation methods, publication offices, visitor services, special collections, periodical subscriptions & costings, scientist engagement techniques, author’s support, OA, copyright, employee relations, and career development. Małgorzata is going to be very busy during her visit! She hopes she can bring her new knowledge home to her library in Poland and embed and adapt it into her current service provision. She will write a report about her visit and share it with us here at Iamslic.

Stephanie Ronan- Communications team.

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Presenter Profile Series: Alisa Lazear

Newly qualified information professional Alisa Lazear is our next presenter spotlighted for #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series. Alisa will present a paper entitled: Undergraduate Material in Aquatic & Marine Science Libraries: Current Practices. We look forward to meeting you Alisa and welcoming you into the fold. 

 

A little about Alisa…
Alisa grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and later moved to western Canada to pursue a library degree and warmer winters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton University and completed her master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of British Columbia this past June. Alisa currently works for the University of Victoria as a Law Library Intern and at Royal Roads University as an on-call Librarian.
After working as a co-op student at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre Library last fall, Alisa developed a strong interest in science librarianship and a love of the ocean. This experience led her to pursue a directed studies research project, which she presented at the 2017 Cyamus Regional Group Meeting. Grateful for being a part of the amazing Cyamus group, she looks forward to meeting IAMSLIC members and making others feel just as welcomed. Alisa hopes to continue doing research and contributing to the advancement of librarianship.

Talk to Alisa is Honolulu about…
– Intellectual property
– Open access
– Soup recipes
– Star Trek
– The human psyche

Alisa will be presenting…

Title: Undergraduate Material in Aquatic & Marine Science Libraries: Current Practices
Abstract: The digital age has changed the way we share and store scholarly material. Material created at the undergraduate level is increasingly being deposited in institutional repositories or made accessible online, allowing for this research to be widely available to other scholars. This can create opportunities and challenges for libraries. To better understand the current methods used in aquatic and marine science libraries for the collection, access, and preservation of undergraduate material, a pilot survey was conducted of the Cyamus regional group.
Now, we are interested in gathering a clearer picture by surveying the entire IAMSLIC membership. Aquatic and marine libraries in university and research institutions were the target audience for our survey with the aim of understanding current methods and challenges specific to science libraries.
Examining current process and challenges will offer new perspectives on the issues associated with having undergraduate material online and provide an opportunity to understand our evolving responsibilities as librarians.
This presentation at #IamHawaii will illustrate the results of this study and discuss how changes in access, preservation, and collection have benefited or harmed the scientific community.

Connect with Alisa through…
Twitter Handle: @Alisa_Lazear
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/alisalazear/

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Presenter Profile Series: Olivia Diehr

Olivia Diehr is our next presenter on our #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series. Olivia is presenting a paper at #IamHawaii as well as leading a workshop as a beneficent fairy entitled ‘Meeting the Fairy: Think in new ways to create new resources’.

A little bit about Olivia…

Olivia Karin Diehr was born in Rostock (Germany) and is the Head of the library at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research since 2008.
Her library started in 1988 in Rostock Public Library. After finishing school, she worked as a library assistant. During this time Olivia learned everything about shelf arrangement, checkouts, returns, and remembers the funny overdue excuses she sometimes heard!
From 1990 to 1994 she studied librarianship at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK), and graduated with a degree in librarianship in 1994. The job opportunities had changed completely after the German reunification. Olivia grabbed the opportunity and started working in academic libraries. From 1996 to 1999 she worked in a Governmental University of Applied Sciences (FHöVPR) in Guestrow, where she led this library for more than a year. From 2000 to August 2008 Olivia served as a librarian at the Greifswald University Library, which is one of Germany’s oldest university libraries. At first she was in the acquisition department, and thereafter in the service department for 7 years. She was responsible for the websites of the university library and worked at the information and circulation desk.

Since August 2008 Olivia has held the position of librarian at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Rostock-Warnemuende. Moreover Olivia finds herself serving marine scientists from all over the world thrilling beyond the regular library services. She keeps her fingers crossed for the various successful off shore sampling campaigns; She also established a library library and last but not least her library tries to provide any required full text articles regardless of the effort. Situated just off the Baltic Sea coast, Olivia’s library is certainly one of the most beautiful places to work.

Talk to Olivia in Honolulu about…

Have a chat to her about sharing ideas and inspirations on the future of libraries; traveling, cooking, as well as being outside in nature.

Olivia will be presenting…

Paper title: Testing the waters: Publishing literacy as a new role for marine science librarians?

Abstract: Libraries have a strong service culture. For decades information literacy is well established in our libraries and information centers. The training on skills to search, evaluate and consume information is a substantial part of the libraries’ information literacy program. At the same time library services for authors seem to be still in their infancy, at least at specialized libraries beyond universities. There are a lot of varied possibilities to discover. Let us test the waters and explore how librarians may contribute to the publishing process of authors at their institutions. Where are the potential docking points for libraries during the writing and publishing process? Where are exciting opportunities to see? Which limitations have to be considered?

Workshop title: Meeting the fairy: Think in new ways to create new resources

Abstract: Workshop moderation at the 43rd IAMSLIC Annual Conference. This workshop will be slightly different, because it will be led by a beneficent fairy. I will slip into the role of a fairy (fictional), and the main aim is to encourage the participants to think in new ways. Based on several short activities, and with a little help of the fairy, we may re-discover our work-related wishes. The subjects will be created by the attendees themselves during the workshop, all professional themes are welcome. Furthermore this collaboration will be open, every IAMSLIC member will be asked to take part in the way he or she wants to do. I led this workshop at the last EURASLIC Conference in Bremen, Germany in May 2017, and I received very good feedback from the participants.Timeslot: 60 minutes. I hope I will able to bring in a new perspective on what we do to create something totally new and unexpected by moderating this fairy-led workshop at the 43rd IAMSLIC Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Connect with Olivia through…

Leibniz Institute twitter account @Ostseeforschung
Leibniz Institute Facebook page https://de-de.facebook.com/leibnizinstitutfuerostseeforschung

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Presenter Profile Series: Daryl L. Superio

Our next presenter in our #IamHawaii profile series is Daryl L. Superio and he comes from the Philippines. Daryl is co-author of ‘A Survey of the Information-Seeking Behaviour (ISB) of Aquatic Science Librarians in Response to a Query’, along with Mary Grace H. Oliveros and Vince Ervin V. Palcullo. They are still collating data for the survey and would appreciate your time in completing it. Further details available here.

A little bit about Daryl…

Daryl L. Superio is a Senior Information Assistant at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) Library in the Philippines. He is in-charge of cataloging and classification, indexing and reference services. He is also a part-time lecturer at Central Philippine University (Iloilo City, Philippines) Library and Information Science program and teaches cataloging and classification, indexing and abstracting and information technology subjects.  He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Library and Information Science from Central Philippine University. He is an Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract (ASFA) Board Member and a member of Aquatic Commons Editorial Review Board.

Mary Grace H. Oliveros and Vince Ervin V. Palcullo were Daryl’s former students.

Mary Grace is an Information Assistant at SEAFDEC/AQD Library in the Philippines. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from Central Philippine University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the same university.

Vince is currently preparing for his Philippines professional Librarians Licensure Examination.

Talk to Daryl in Honolulu about…

Daryl likes Japanese anime, Mary Grace and Vince are Korean Drama fanatics! But they all like Harry Potter movies!

Daryl will be presenting…

Title: A Survey of the Information-Seeking Behaviour (ISB) of Aquatic Science Librarians in Response to a Query

Abstract: Access to quality information plays a major role in a successful research. However, with the Internet, low-quality information has proliferated as anyone could post information online, which according to Silberg, et al. (1997) “the Net—and especially the Web—has the potential to become the world’s largest vanity press.” Nevertheless, several studies had been conducted proving that the Internet is the first information resource among different professionals mainly because of the convenience it gives to them. On the other hand, there are limited numbers of literatures about the preference of the librarians on providing answers to the information needs of their clienteles, and there is none among aquatic science librarians. Therefore, to provide an answer to this information gap, a survey will be conducted to investigate if aquatic science librarians like other professionals would opt to go to the Internet first rather than the library when searching for information. Moreover, preferred information sources whenever not available at the library will be identified. Results of the study will benefit aquatic science librarians as a whole since best practices will be documented and useful information resources will be enumerated.

Connect with Daryl through…

https://www.facebook.com/seafdec.aqd/

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Presenter Profile Series: Geoffrey Francis Salanje

    

Our next featured presenter for our #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series is University Librarian Geoffrey Salanje from Malawi. Geoffrey will be presenting a paper on Collaborative Access to Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Information: Malawi’s Experience.

 

A little bit about Geoffrey…

Geoffrey is University Librarian at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi since 2013. Before that he has worked as a College Librarian of the then Bunda College of Agriculture under University of Malawi for about 13 years and an Assistant Librarian in the University of Malawi since March 1986. (Bunda College of Agriculture became an independent public university in 2012 after delinking from University of Malawi.)
Academically and professionally, Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Social Science (B.Soc.Sc, 1985) from University of Malawi majoring in Statistics, Management and Sociology; a Postgraduate diploma in Library studies (1988) from University of Botswana; and a Master’s degree in Library studies (MLS, 1992) from University of Wales – Aberystwyth. In his 31 years’ career – all in an academic library, he has attended a number of special short courses, workshops, seminars, meetings, conferences, etc.

Inside LUANAR Library

Geoffrey has been a member of IAMSLIC and AFRIAMLIC since 2002 and 2003 respectively. He first attended and presented a paper at AFRIAMSLIC biannual conference in Accra, Ghana in 2003 and in 2005 he attended and presented a paper for the first time at IAMSLIC annual conference held in Rome, Italy. Since then he has attended and presented papers at other IAMLIC annual conferences held in Portland, Oregon (2006); Sarasota, Florida (2007); Zanzibar, Tanzania (2011); and Rome, Italy (2015). Geoffrey successfully organized and hosted a 3rd AFRIAMSLIC conference in 2007.

 

Talk to Geoffrey in Honolulu about…

Academic librarianship in an African country where he has spent all his 31years career! He is also ready to share with you the challenges librarians in Malawi face and prospects in the profession. He likes reading current affairs and biographies; listening to country and western music, watching soccer and comedies on TV. Occasionally he drinks a glass of beer but not quite often! So feel free to talk to him when you meet him in Honolulu!

Geoffrey will be presenting…

Title: Collaborative Access to Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Information: Malawi’s Experience

Abstract: There is a lot of information on aquaculture and fisheries in the world. Most of this information is generated through research conducted by researchers, scientists and scholars among others. The information is available in electronic and printed forms. The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) has eased the access of aquaculture and fisheries science information in electronic form through the use of internet, intranets, CD-ROMs or computer databases. Whilst, printed information is still available, but with limited accessibility because the information might be located on one place. Accessing to aquaculture and fisheries science information has its challenges especially in Malawi. Some of the challenges are lack of locally generated information available online, inability by libraries and information centres to acquire all the needed information, reluctance by researchers, scientists and students to deposit information generated to libraries and information centres, unavailability of ICT equipment for accessing online information; and lack of knowledge by information users on where and how to find the information they need. These challenges could be resolved if there could be a close working relationship between librarians on one hand and aquaculture and fisheries scientists on the other. This would ensure that all the information generated by scientists is captured and collated into well-known locations. At the same time information which scientists are not aware of could be unearthed by librarians for their use.

Connect with Geoffrey through…
Library facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Luanar-Libraries-164666040738866/
University Twitter: @LuanarBunda ‏

 

 

 

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