Archive for July, 2012

IAMSLIC Conference: early bird registration deadline is fast approaching

Dear colleagues,

Please join us for the 38th IAMSLIC Conference and the 24th CYAMUS Meeting, August 24-30, 2012.
“Exploring New Frontiers in Aquatic Sciences Information Management”

Do not miss the early bird deadline – Tuesday, July 31, 2012, after this date the rate will be higher.

For registration:

For program information (including abstracts for papers, panels and posters which we have added to the website a few days ago):

For lodging information, please visit: Please note: Deadline for hotel booking at conference rates is July 23, 2012.

A list of registered participants will soon be available online.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the conference,

Warm regards,

Maria Kalentsits

Conference Convener / Chair of the Conference Committee

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Wellcome Trust getting serious about open access

I am not sure if you have to be a “Nature” subscriber to view the news blog entry below. The gist of it is, the Wellcome Trust is putting some teeth into its requirement that articles published based on research it funds must be open access within 6 months of publication. If not, they will withhold their grant money. This will apply to articles published from 1 October 2009 onward.

Joe Wible

Hopkins Marine Station

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Subject: IAMSLIC/IODE Training Needs Survey


Dear Colleague,

We kindly invite you to fill in the IMASLIC/IODE training needs survey  available at  until 31 July 2012.

This survey is organized jointly by IAMSLIC and IODE. All information will be used to develop training programs for IAMSLIC and IODE to be offered at times and places to be determined by the results of this survey. 

All interested IAMSLIC members and colleagues are encouraged to respond to this survey to assess the training needs, topics, instructors, and locations of this training amongst other questions. Your feedback is very important to us. It would be especially interesting to see your individual suggestions in the boxes provided for this information.

If you think you would like to help instruct one of these courses, please provide your name and contact information.

The IAMSLIC and IODE IODE Secretariats thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey. This survey should take no longer than 15 minutes of your time. The survey will be open until 31 July 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Delgado ( or Linda Pikula (

 Thank you for your participation!

 Maria Kalentsits

IAMSLIC President-Elect




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10th Anniversary Resource Sharing Summary

In July of each year, I collate and summarize the resource sharing statistics from the IAMSLIC Distributed Library project. 2011/12 is a milestone, as it represents the tenth complete year of the resource sharing program. A total of 5215 requests were submitted during 2011/12, the second highest volume of activity recorded to date. A total of 38,701 requests have been submitted via the system since its inception in 2002.

The resource sharing program continues to be broadly international in scope, with 74 different IAMSLIC lending libraries in 25 countries receiving borrowing requests from 124 IAMSLIC libraries in 45 countries, similar to previous year’s numbers. 33 (44.6%) of those 74 lending libraries are in the United States and they received 64.1% of the total requests.  Libraries in Germany,  Mexico, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Bermuda and India collectively received 30.3% of the borrowing requests.

The Hatfield Marine Science Center of Oregon State University (U.S.) regained its status as the top lending library this year, followed by the Alfred Wegener Institut in Bremerhaven (Germany), Hopkins Marine Station (U.S.), the University of Hawaii (U.S.) , and the Pell Marine Science Library at the University of Rhode Island (U.S.) .

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 significant percentage of requests filled within the region. A growing number of EURASLIC libraries are active users of the system, both lenders and borrowers. 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 has increased significantly  in AFRIAMSLIC, both lending and borrowing, and remains 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 2011/12 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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