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About Cyamus

The Cyamus regional group encompasses the West Coast of North America and Hawaii, including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Baja California, and Hawaii. Our members represent libraries in academic, governmental and private institutions, providing information services for many areas including: marine and freshwater sciences, oceanography, geology, fisheries, meteorology, education, policy, and more. We share a wide range of skills and expertise from all areas of librarianship.

Cyamus – we’re not your average parasite. Our name is derived from Cyamus scammoni, a louse which rides on the gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) whose migrational territory matches the group’s geographic region.

Annual Meetings

Annual meetings are part unconference, part science bootcamp, part traditional conference, and offer a “boatload” of networking opportunities.  Cyamus meetings provide opportunities to visit relevant institutions and give members a forum to exchange ideas. The meetings are held in the spring, alternating with the fall international IAMSLIC conferences. Past meeting programs and notes are available in the Annual Meetings archive.

The 2015 Annual Meeting was held in Seattle March 11-14, 2015, with hosting duties shared by the NOAA Western Regional Center and the University of Washington. Visit the conference wiki for more information.


Other Activities

Many Cyamus libraries contribute to the Union List of Marine and Aquatic Serials which includes library holdings of selected participating libraries.

Cyamus has funded a number of digitization projects by its members. Digitized material is submitted to the IAMSLIC repository, Aquatic Commons.

We welcome all interested members and non-members to join us. For more information about Cyamus activities contact:

Jeanine Scaramozzino, Cyamus Regional Representative
Robert E. Kennedy Library
California Polytechnic University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
805-756-5677 Voice
Visit the Cyamus Facebook Page
Janet Lee is Cyamus Secretary and Molly Engelbrecht is Treasurer.

Visit the IAMSLIC Web Site for more information.