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 http://www.iamslic.org/sail/sail-2017-great-lakes-great-libraries

-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: program@euraslic.org 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: https://aws.passkey.com/e/49062058

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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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New kelp & algae resource page from CA Fish & Wildlife

photo by R. Flores-Miller
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has produced a new web resource for kelp and other marine algae that provides information on commercial and recreational algae harvest, historical commercial harvest data, results of annual aerial kelp surveysand links to the datasets, reports including CEQA documents and CalCOFI fishery reviews, and information on commonly harvested marine algae…read more


— Joe Wible

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Euraslic Newsletter

The new issue of EURASLIC Newsletter, No 45 (2016)
is freely available at EURASLIC Newsletters page.


We hope you’ll find it interesting and informative!

Sofija Konjevic, Euraslic Newsletter editor

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Finally presenting our President and host for #IamMex16

Dear all,

The day has finally come, today we open #IamMex16. Welcome to Merida everyone! We hope you enjoy the drinks reception this evening and meet lots of interesting fun people. Don’t be shy, walk up and introduce yourself, everyone is super friendly. If I were able to go to Mexico this year, I’d say ‘come talk to me’, but unfortunately I have to watch from the side lines like so many of us. However, one person you must talk to is our next speaker, our president, Kristen Anderson. We guarantee you will be met with a smile and she will help make your introduction if you are struggling.


Kristen Anderson is our current IAMSLIC president and is coming to Merida from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. Aloha Kristen. After 24 years as a science reference librarian, she assumed the directorship at the University of Hawaii’s Health Sciences Library.  She has an awesome staff and gets to work with the most motivated people!  She finds that librarianship is fun again. Sadly Kristen is removed from main campus so she can’t actively participate in IAMSLIC’s resource sharing which she believes is one of our two best activities.  The second is the Aquatic Commons.  She loves IAMSLIC so much because its a group that actually does service and has created a product that is useful to more than just librarians.  IAMSLIC is her favourite library organisation. The picture, Kristen tells us, is a joke created by one of her librarians when she found a reference that 3 of the staff could not find.  They entitled it ‘Queen of Finding’ as she had made a comment about not wanting to be the queen of searching.

When Kristen is not at work she likes to play in the water – she has an assortment of toys like a kayak, body boards, surfboard but needs a SUP.  She is also a season ticket holder for University of Hawaii women’s basketball and volleyball.  Go Bows! Plenty there to strike up a conversation with Kristen about at IAMSLIC this year 🙂
Kristen is co-presenting this year with Daryl L. Superio, the other half of the fun duo!

Daryl L. Superio is a Senior Information Assistant at the Library and Data Banking Services Section, Training and Information Division, Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/AQD) located in Iloilo, Philippines. He is also a part-time faculty member of the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City, handling cataloging and classification and indexing subjects. He is an Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract (ASFA) Board Member, the current Chairman of the IAMSLIC Resource Sharing Committee, and one of the editors of Aquatic Commons responsible for deposits from Asia. When you see Daryl at the conference, you can chat to him about movies and anime, and also he is a certified One Piece fan.

Title: Factors Affecting the Attendance of IAMSLIC Members at IAMSLIC Annual Conferences

Abstract: The paper reports on results of the research that was conducted to determine the factors which affect the attendance of IAMSLIC members at IAMSLIC annual conferences. Findings of related studies revealed that librarians as well as other professionals attend conferences for professional development or advancement. Moreover, attendance to a conference is affected by some factors which may either be internal and/or external to the attendees such as conference location, professional and social networking opportunities, educational opportunities, safety and health situation, and travelability. The paper found that among IAMSLIC members regardless of regional group affiliation professional and social networking opportunities, and educational opportunities were the most important factors, while the conference location was of least importance. Specifically, IAMSLIC members attended the annual conferences because it gave them the opportunity to develop a professional network, keep-up with the current trends and development in the profession, communicate with colleagues and friends, and to listen to respected speaker. Additionally, members’ financial situation was also an important indicator of his attendance. Comments and suggestions for the development/improvement of future IAMSLIC conferences are also included.

Our final speaker introductions go to the host country and you will definitely see Teresa de J.  Barriga Ramírez over the week in Merida as she is helping to organise the conference. Great job Teresa. Teresa will be presenting a poster along with her two colleagues Laura Margarita Pérez Rojas and José Luis Ortíz Galindo all from the Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CICIMAR-IPN, Mexico.


Teresa de J.  Barriga Ramírez Maestra en Gestión de Información por la Universidad de La Habana,  con créditos de la Maestría en Bibliotecología por la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UNAM, y Licenciatura en Ciencias de la Comunicación por la UAM-Xochimilco,  México, D.F. Desde 1993 a la fecha se ha desempeñado como Coordinadora de los Servicios Bibliotecarios en la  Biblioteca “Reuben Lasker” del Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas del  I.P.N., donde los desafíos profesionales constantes los aborda con buena actitud, dedicación y constancia, cualidades con las que se identifica.
Tiene experiencia como instructora de cursos de capacitación y actualización bibliotecaria, ha participado en varias reuniones y  congresos a nivel nacional e internacional sobre temas relacionados con  cooperación bibliotecaria, biblioteca virtual y enseñanza a distancia. Tiene publicados algunos artículos en revistas nacionales e internacionales académicas y de divulgación sobre los temas antes referidos.
Disfruta las actividades al aire libre, la música, el baile y la conversación.
Laura Margarita Pérez Rojas Ingeniero en Sistemas Computacionales, responsable de la Unidad de Tecnología Educativa y Campus Virtual del CICIMAR-IPN,  con  diplomado de formación y actualización docente y en Gestión de la Calidad en programas de posgrado. Ha desarrollado varias aplicaciones en el control de información digital que han sido premiadas por el IPN. Además tiene experiencia en impartir cursos utilizando TIC y ha participado en reuniones y congresos  a nivel nacional e internacional.
José Luis Ortíz Galindo Doctor en Ciencias Biológicas por la Facultad de Ciencias de la UNAM, profesor-investigador del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, director de tesis de posgrado y de proyectos de investigación en el área de las Ciencias Marinas, cuenta con participaciones en congresos nacionales e internacionales.
Teresa J. Barriga Ramirez has a Master in Information Management from the University of Havana, with credits of the Master of Library Science from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, UNAM, and Bachelor of Science Communication at UAM-Xochimilco, Mexico, DF. From 1993 to date she has served as Coordinator of Library Services at the Library “Reuben Lasker” the Interdisciplinary Center of Marine Sciences of the IPN, where the constant professional challenges, along with the good attitude, dedication and perseverance are qualities identified amongst herself and the staff.
She has experience in instructor training and keeps upskilling, she has participated in several meetings and conferences at national and international level on issues related to library cooperation, virtual library and distance learning. Teresa has published some articles in academic journals and national and international outreach on the aforementioned issues.
Chat to Teresa as the conference, she enjoys outdoor activities, music, dancing and conversation.
Laura Margarita Pérez Rojas is a Computer Systems Engineer, head of the Educational Technology Unit and Virtual Campus CICIMAR-IPN, with graduate teacher training and refresher and Quality Management in graduate programs. She has developed several applications in controlling digital information that have been awarded by the IPN. She also has experience in teaching courses using ICT and participated in meetings and conferences at national and international level.
José Luis Ortiz Galindo is a Doctor in Biological Sciences Faculty of UNAM, professor and researcher at the National Polytechnic Institute, director of graduate theses and research projects in the field of Marine Science, has interests in national and international conferences Sciences.
That’s it, have a super conference everyone and watch keep an eye on the blog for the daily round-ups.
Posted on behalf of the communications team by Stephanie Ronan
Title: Mexican marine libraries two decades of transformations: the case of the “Reuben Lasker” CICIMAR-IPN library
Abstract: This paper outlines the transformation of library services, through the development of Internet and information and communication technologies. Libraries in institutions of Mexican higher education and especially the Library “Reuben Lasker” CICIMAR-IPN have developed activities and making decisions, which show evidence of the metamorphosis based on their own experiences. It arises from the impact on the exchange of information support, as well as the organization and how to access them, recognizing a more active user that demands knowledgeable librarians that promote access to services and collections to the virtual through various electronic devices. It also describes digitization projects and information management made to renew services, such as BIDITESIS, SIPRES, and AmonPro. These projects have concretized through partnerships, commitments and agreements between librarians and other information professionals and scientists from the institution itself as well as groups, associations and related external institutions and especially IAMSLIC and IODE to address training and support the challenges of virtual information. Finally, due to the economic crisis libraries are facing in academic institutions the librarian must assume an attitude of change in the classic role as information broker. They should give advice to teachers and researchers, promoting open access encouraging the use of repositories and data mining among others. Otherwise it may be overtaken by technological advances; therefore they must support academic librarians of institutions and alliances. This will allow marine libraries to dock in port of success and triumph.


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