Visualizing a Bright Future

We invite you to join us for the 39th IAMSLIC Annual Conference and 23rd SAIL Meeting to be held October 20-24, 2013 at the Nova Southeastern University’s new Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystems Research located in Dania Beach in the Sunshine State of Florida, USA.

As information professionals, we’re no strangers to the sentiment: Nothing is permanent except change.1 We encounter change on a regular basis: new technologies, growing user expectations, mergers in the publishing world, re-purposing of library space. Some of us have experienced library consolidations and launched new models for service delivery. Others have re-invented our roles entirely, becoming experts in data management, digitization or scholarly communications.

The program committee selected the conference theme¬†Visualizing a Bright Future to examine the transformation of libraries and the new opportunities for information professionals. To visualize is to imagine, so we welcome predictions for the future as well as examples based solidly in reality. In addition, we want to recognize the power of visualization in sharing information, whether it’s presenting statistics in a meaningful way or creating videos for library instruction. This year’s theme offers limitless possibilities, and we invite you to view a list of suggested topics on the Call for Proposals page.

IAMSLIC conferences offer a single stream of invited and individual presentations, panel discussions, poster presentations, quick green flash talks and vendor participation. There will be plenty of opportunity to network with colleagues during the breaks, welcome reception, closing banquet and optional field trips.

Prior to the conference, we have scheduled a half day workshop on Saturday, October 19th. Some great ideas were identified by IAMSLIC members in the OceanTeacher survey, and we are happy to announce that Jennifer Walton of MBLWHOI Library will offer a pre-conference workshop on Data Management Plans.

And for the first time ever… we will be organizing an Aquatic Commons work party for the afternoon of Thursday, October 24th. We will have room for up to 20 volunteers to assist an organization by submitting their content to the Aquatic Commons repository. This is a great opportunity to gain experience with Aquatic Commons and to contribute to its success.¬† If you have suggestions for an organization that would benefit from our help, please let Sally Taylor know.

Last but not least, we are fortunate that our conference is being hosted in the SAIL region of IAMSLIC. The SAIL annual meeting will be held during the evening of Monday, October 21st.

On behalf of the planning committees, we look forward to seeing you in October!

Sally Taylor
Conference Convenor & Chair

Jaime Goldman
Local Host

Maria Kalentsits
IAMSLIC President 2012-2013

Joyce Shaw
SAIL Representative 2013-2015

1. This idea of change or continual flux is attributed to Heraclitus of Ephesus, Greek philosopher, fl. 500 BC. He is purported to have said, “New and different waters flow around those who step into the same river” and “The sun is new each day”, two apt sayings for an aquatic group who is meeting in the Sunshine State of Florida. (Translated quotes from “Remembering Heraclitus” by Richard G. Geldard, published by Floris Books, Edinburgh, 2000.)

Banner photo of the Dania Beach Pier courtesy of Sara Bossana

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