Presenter Profile Series: First installment

At last, our Presenter Profile Series begins today! We know you’ve been waiting all year to hear about our 2017 speakers for #IamHawaii. We start the series with Anne Moser from Wisconsin, USA. Anne will be presenting a poster on ‘Blurring the Edges of Collaboration – Art and Science’.

A little bit about Anne…

Anne is Senior Special Librarian in the Wisconsin Water Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she has worked since 2008. She has been a proud IAMSLIC member since she attended her first conference in Dania Beach, Florida in 2013. Anne recently enjoyed hosting the SAIL 2017 regional meeting in Madison. In her position at the UW, she manages a small library focused on freshwater science with an emphasis on the Great Lakes and the water resources of Wisconsin. More and more of her duties revolve around outreach and education to lifelong learners interested in aquatic sciences, from preschool age through retirement. She participates in events such as preschool story times at public libraries, a tall ship sail around Lake Michigan with formal educators and presentations to senior citizens in inland Wisconsin on issues related to microplastics.

Anne has worked as a special librarian in Madison, Wisconsin and Seattle, Washington over the course of her nearly 30 year career in libraries in local government, environmental consulting and higher education. Water has gotten a grip on her and she is deeply grateful to work in this area of environmental science. Anne holds a B.A. in Spanish and Art History from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from the UW-Madison.


Talk to Anne in Honolulu about…
Please feel free to come talk to me at the conference! Professionally, I am especially interested in talking with anyone about duties and roles they have taken on that are outside the norm of traditional library functions. On a personal level, I absolutely love to hike and bike and be in the outdoors as much as possible. I love listening to all kinds of music, especially folk, bluegrass and old time stuff. I recently traveled to Senegal to visit our eldest daughter and would love to share stories with anyone that has traveled to or lives in West Africa. Finally I love to read so I imagine I can talk to everyone!

Anne will be presenting…

Title: Blurring the Edges of Collaboration – Art and Science
Abstract: Research supported by the UW-Madison Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute (WSG) is ultimately relevant to people of all backgrounds, regardless of age, race, gender, socioeconomic status, or education level. WSG seeks out a diversity of collaborators to reach a diverse range of audiences with its outreach and education efforts in order to inspire a science-informed society. As an outreach component of WSG, the Wisconsin Water Library has held several events in recent years in support of a multidisciplinary approach to educating the public about wicked problems relating to water. One recent event in the spring of 2016 had the library assisting two UW-Madison MFA student artists organizing “Poly Pledge” events to raise awareness of plastic in the Great Lakes and area waters. Anne will highlight recent activities where unique collaborations were forged and surprising common ground was found between artists and scientists.

Connect with Anne through…  

Twitter: @WiscWaterLib


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Aloha Hawaii! 43rd annual IAMSLIC conference

It’s that time of the year again and we are on an excited countdown to our 43rd annual conference, being held this year in Honolulu, Hawaii October 22-26. Blurring the Edges: The Osmosis of Ideas, is shaping up to be a great conference so far. Our expectations are high and the venue alone should make you tingle with anticipation.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Hawaii and the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. Stay tuned to this blog as we will bring you details of our speakers over the coming weeks and reveal to you the excellent networking, collaboration, and learning opportunity, that this conference brings.

Conference details are available at you can find information on lodgings, transport, registration, the programme, local attractions and all the usual stuff.

Please tweet and include @iamslicorg and our conference hashtag #IamHawaii, we’d love to see pictures of how you’re preparing for the conference, your posters being printed, practicing for your talk, getting on your flight- everything around this conference is exciting and we’d like to share it with you, so get tweeting 🙂

This could be you in a few weeks!

Conference committees

Program Planning Committee

Dave Baca, Chair

Steve Watkins, President

Jeanine Scaramozzino, Junior President-Elect


Maureen Nolan, CYAMUS

Hannah Russell, Pacific Islands

Jean Thoulag, University of Hawaii

Local Committee

Kris Anderson

Jean Thoulag

Thumy Web

Posted by Stephanie Ronan on behalf of the communications team.

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BBC series on the Pacific Ocean

I have been enjoying the BBC film series “Big Pacific”.  Three episodes have been released so far and can be watched for free online at:
Note that they expire and will no longer be available after one month.  This means the first one goes away on July 19th.
The photography is great.
Joe Wible
Hopkins Marine Station, librarian emeritus
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27th Annual SAIL Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin

The 27th annual meeting of the SAIL Regional Group of IAMSLIC was held May 16-19 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Anne Moser of the Aquatic Sciences Center (UW-Madison) and Alisun DeKock of the Shedd Aquarium (Chicago) co-hosted the conference for 26 IAMSLIC-SAIL members, speakers, and guests. Madison welcomed us with traditional Midwestern weather – we needed shorts and t-shirts the first day, umbrellas the next, pants and jackets by the end. Spring weather aside, the conference kicked off with a Wisconsin-style BBQ dinner on Tuesday evening with a presentation and tour of the Aquatic Sciences Center.

SAIL conference 2017 attendees overlooking Lake Mendota

Wednesday and Thursday included two full days of excellent and informative conference sessions from members and guest speakers, the SAIL business meeting, and State of the Union–SAIL Libraries. Thursday was capped off  with a tour of the Madison capitol building by our most erudite local guide, Anne Moser, and a dinner “on the square” with a view of the capitol dome over local beer, freshly caught whitefish from Lake Michigan and, of course, cheese curds.

The inside of “the people’s house” better known as the Wisconsin capitol building.

On Friday, a smaller group remained in the city for a tour of the Aldo Leopold Center, just north of Madison. Leopold is considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the US wilderness system. We were thrilled to visit “the Shack” where he did so much of his ecological observation and wrote many of the essays that comprise A Sand County Almanac.

Lupins were in full bloom in Wisconsin!

SAIL visits “the Shack” at the Aldo Leopold Center

Many thanks to our sponsors Wisconsin TechSearch, UW Press, WT Cox, Springer Nature, DEMCO and ProQuest for their support of this year’s conference.

If you’d like to learn more about this year’s SAIL conference and its sessions, check out the program at

-Alisun DeKock

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Useful video product of Marine Conservation class

This short 3+ minute video was produced by a Stanford University undergraduate as part of the Marine Conservation course taken at Hopkins Marine Station.  I learned a few things about how to contact your legislators that I was not aware of.  For example, did you realize it takes about a month for a postal letter to reach your senator or congressperson because of security (eg. no anthrax powder)?
Joe Wible
Hopkins Marine Station, emeritus
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17th Biennial EURASLIC Meeting, Bremen, Germany

17th Biennial EURASLIC Meeting entitled Riding the Wave: Information Retrieval and Resource Management for the Future was held from 8-10 May, at Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen, Germany. At the participant’s arrival the sun shined upon the town after a long time of cold weather, as we were told. Despite some obstacles that preceded the conference everything went smoothly according the plan. The evening before the conference participants met at the ice-breaking gathering on the top floor of the ZMT outbuilding.

The results of election were announced during the conference, the old EURASLIC Executive Board was discharged and new one appointed. Bart Goossens is re-elected as EURASLIC President, while Christina Schrader became new Vice- President and as a Member representatives Olivia Diehr and Kateryna Kulakova were elected. Complete list of Executive Board is available at EURASLIC -executive-board page.

The full report is available at EURASLIC webpage

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17th EURASLIC Biennial Conference – Program

The final version of the program for 17th EURASLIC Biennial Conference is now available on Conference site: Program

For those that would like to participate, the registration is still open.
Please register by email to: and give your name, your billing address and your institution you belong to. After registration you’ll receive a confirmation including the invoice of the registration fee.
More: Registration

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bremen!

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Hotel reservations now being accepted for Annual Conference 2017

The Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, HI will be the site of the 2017 annual conference. Bookings in the IAMSLIC room block are now being accepted. Click here for the booking website:

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Changing of the Guard at Hopkins Marine Station

In August Dr. Stephen Palumbi will be stepping down as Director of Hopkins Marine Station after 9 years of service.  He will continue teaching, doing research, and mentoring graduate students at Hopkins.  During his tenure as Director he was a great spokesperson, promoting the lab around the country and the world.  His sleuthing into the Station’s origins resulted in a renewed commitment by main campus to take financial responsibility for maintenance of the Station’s facilities.  This translated into major renovations to the Harold A. Miller Library among many other projects.

Dr. Mark Denny will assume the mantle of Director starting in September.

Joe Wible, Librarian Emeritus

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More sponsored memberships and new application form

I am pleased to announce that the IAMSLIC Executive Board has approved an expansion to the IAMSLIC-sponsored memberships that are available to new IAMSLIC members. For a number of years IAMSLIC has offered a limited number of one-time three-year sponsored memberships free of charge to new members from low and middle income countries. As described on the Join IAMSLIC page, similar one-time one-year sponsored memberships are now also available to new members from high income countries. Up to five sponsored memberships may be awarded in each category each year.

Please help recruit new members by sharing this news with any and all librarians, information specialists and library school students you meet!

In addition, there is a new online IAMSLIC Membership Application Form linked from the Join IAMSLIC page that makes it easier to apply for membership.

Steve Watkins
IAMSLIC President 2016-2017

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