Archive for July, 2008

Marine and Freshwater Diversity ejournal update

Some time ago I got notice announcing the new e-only “Marine and Freshwater Diversity” journal. I have been waiting for some content to show up on its web page before adding the title to the list of electronic journals here at Hopkins Marine Station. I decided to email the editor to see what was happenings. Below is her response. I followed up to Ann’s response and confirmed that it is still the plan to have it bundled with JMBA at no additional cost.

Joe Wible

Hopkins Marine Station
Stanford University


Dear Dr Wible,

Due to protracted negotiations between the trustees and publishers this e-journal has been delayed until later this year. It has also been renamed ‘Marine Biodiversity Records’ and will be online from CUP later in 2008. It should be announced on the CUP website later. I am sorry for the delay which was beyond my control.

All the best

Ann Pulsford

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State of Coral Reef Ecosystems 2008

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The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2008 Now Available

NOAA’s The State of Coral Reef Ecosystems of the United States and Pacific Freely Associated States: 2008 is now available. This report is the third in a series of status reports assessing the condition of coral reef ecosystems in 15 locations ranging from the U.S. Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico to the western Pacific. The document utilizes the results of coral reef monitoring programs and the contributions of over 270 coral reef scientists and managers to assess the condition of the nation’s coral reefs and associated ecosystems, nearly half of which are now considered to be in “poor” or “fair” condition. The report also describes the impacts of 13 major threats in each location while offering recommendations for on-the-ground conservation actions.

In an effort to make this information as widely available as possible, the materials are provided to the public as PDF files available via free Internet downloads at You can also request a free print or CD copy of the report by emailing

Posted by Janet Webster for Alicia Clarke, NOA

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Periodic Table of Videos

Here is an article on how new Web 2.0 technologies are being utilized for chemical education. Folks at the University of Nottingham in the UK have created the “Periodic Table of Videos” which you all might find useful in basic chemistry courses.


Here’s a news story:


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Posted by: Peter Fritzler, UNC Wilmington

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Developing World Needs Its Own Science Journals

Comment: Developing World Needs Its Own Science Journals (from the New Scientist)

The most vital debates at scientific conferences rarely take place during the formal sessions. At the World Health Organization (WHO) meeting of African health ministers in Algiers last month, the hot topic during the lunch breaks was the desperate need to improve the state of academic publishing in developing countries. This might seem a surprising choice, given the pressing challenges facing these nations. But the lack of local journals in which to publish scientific research, in particular in fields such as health, has serious consequences. Local journals exist in developing countries, but many are failing. … These journals are locked in a vicious circle. Researchers think there is little value in publishing in them, preferring the cachet of globally recognised journals, meaning that they struggle to publish papers of the quality needed to attract future authors. See:

Posted by: Peter Fritzler, UNC Wilmington

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Annual Summary of Distributed Library Statistics

In July of each year, I collate and summarize the resource sharing statistics from the IAMSLIC Distributed Library project. 2007/08 represents the sixth complete year of the resource sharing program. In contrast to last year when a substantial increase in the overall volume of interlibrary borrowing requests took place, the past year seems to indicate stability and modest growth. A total of 4479 requests were submitted during 2007/08, representing a 15% increase over the level of activity of the previous year. A total of 18,857 requests have been submitted via the system since its inception in 2002.

The resource sharing program continues to be broadly international in scope, with 75 different IAMSLIC lending libraries in 23 countries receiving borrowing requests from 115 IAMSLIC libraries in 41 countries, very similar to last year’s numbers. 39 (52%) of those 75 lending libraries are in the United States and they received 59.3% of the total requests. Mexico, Australia, Canada and Germany collectively received 33.2% of the borrowing requests, with the remainder spread among 18 other countries.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center of Oregon State University (U.S.) was the top lending library for the fifth time in the six-year life of the program, followed by the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Canada), the University of Hawaii (U.S.), the Alfred Wegener Institut in Bremerhaven (Germany), the CSIRO Marine Research Library (Australia), and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Library (U.S.).

There were no significant shifts from the past year in the proportions of lending and borrowing across the Regional Groups. The Latin American region continues to make active use of the resource sharing program while contributing a substantial amount of lending in return, including an increasing percentage of requests filled within the region. EURASLIC still conducts much of its regional interlibrary loan activity via its discussion list, so the number of transactions via the Distributed Library does not reflect the full volume of resource sharing in the region. The volume of activity remains low in Africa and moderate in the Pacific region.

The complete set of data is available on the Distributed Library website via the Resource Sharing Statistics link at It includes a spreadsheet for each year that offers charts and additional analysis of lending and borrowing patterns. I encourage you to look at the 2007/08 numbers and will be glad to answer any questions you may have about the data.

Steve Watkins
California State University, Monterey Bay, Library

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Sites Selected for 2010 and 2011 Annual IAMSLIC Conference


I’m pleased to announce that the Site Selection Committee has recommended conference sites for 2010 and 2011.  The committee was asked to choose conference sites in the two regions which have not yet had the opportunity to host the annual meeting (Latin America* and Africa).  The Annual IAMSLIC Conference in 2010 will be hosted by Guillermina Cosulich and her staff at the INIDEP Library, Mar Del Plata, Argentina.  Edna Nyika will host the conference in 2011 in Zanzibar,  Tanzania.  Thank you Guillermina and Edna for your willingness to host the conference!


Barb Butler

*Yes, we did meet in Mazatlan but that was before the Latin American Regional Group was formed.

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