Archive for March, 2013

IAMSLIC Conference proposals due April 19th

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 39th IAMSLIC Conference is less than 3 weeks away!

This year’s theme Visualizing a Bright Future offers limitless possibilities for presentation topics, including:

  • New roles for libraries and librarians (e.g. data curation, digital preservation, digitization, scholarly communications)
  • Communicating the value of service to the organization
  • Consolidation of physical libraries to respond to fiscal realities – can this scenario present new opportunities?
  • Importance of partnerships and collaboration
  • Embedded librarianship
  • Graphical information – data visualization, geo-referencing, information graphics, mash-ups, presenting statistics or survey results
  • Changes in collection management – demand driven acquisitions, ebooks, shared print repositories
  • Changes in publishing – mergers, Open Access, Open Data
  • Re-purposing library space
  • Mobile environments/technologies
  • Other innovations and new initiatives

Don’t delay! Review the conference home page and the Call for Proposals and then send your proposal to

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Digital Access to the Publications (1944-2008) of Professor Enrique Balech

It was finally launched the webpage dedicated to Prof. Balech (1912-2007)- more than a dinoflagellate taxonomist -, fondly and enthusiastically prepared by my friend Dr. Rut Akselman (for those who came to Mar del Plata or read the Proceedings 2010, she showed and explained the embroidered Diatoms). The page will be completed in stages. 

Guillermina Cosulich, INIDEP Library, Argentina

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Digital Access to the Publications (1944-2008) of Professor Enrique Balech

Available at

This initiative led by Dr. Rut Akselman and supported by IOC UNESCO, provides public access to most of the planktological studies published by the late Professor Enrique Balech. Some of them are little known and others are hard to find, even in specialized libraries. The great advantage is their availability in digital format and to have all of them in the same place. Our intention is to incorporate more papers in successive stages.

While E. Balech is mainly known for his taxonomic studies of dinoflagellates, especially those related to the genus Alexandrium, a producer of paralytic shellfish toxins, many of his publications (more than a hundred) focused on floristic studies of plankton communities, which he applied to improve biogeographical and hydrodynamic knowledge. Planktonic communities were thoroughly characterized in Balechs studies, because he could identify most of the species of the taxonomic groups present in each sample, from diatoms, dinoflagellates and tintinnids, to coccolithophorids, radiolarians or heliozoans, when present, thus taking into account both the phytoplankton and zooplankton .

We hope this initiative will be of value to the scientific community.

Henrik Enevoldsen
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
Head, IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae
University of Copenhagen- Marine Biological Section- Denmark
E-mail: Skype: henrik.oksfeldt.enevoldsen

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IAMSLIC recent news and ongoing activities

39th IAMSLIC Conference

The Conference Planning committee and local hosts are working hard to  ensure that our upcoming conference in Dania Beach, Florida  is an exciting event which brings together many participants from different regions. The Call for Proposals is now open and are due April 19. We hope to see many of you in Florida in October 2013. The Call for Travel Grant Proposals as well as for Project Proposals will soon be out.

 News from the Executive Board

As proposed by the Membership Committee and approved by the Executive Board last year, membership fee can now be renewed for three years at a time. If renewing for three-year period, the rates remain the same while for one year renewal  the rates have slightly increased. Membership rates can be consulted here. We encourage those of you who haven’t renewed a membership subscription yet  to do it now. If you are not a member yet, please consider membership and join the Association!

 Our New Treasurer Lenora Oftedahl has taken over from Sandra Abbott-Stout in November 2012. Special thanks goes to Sandra for serving four years as a Treasurer. The Final Treasurer’s report is available from Annual Reports section.

Draft minutes of two Executive Board meetings and two Business meetings held during the 38th IAMSLIC Conference are now available from the website (Meeting Minutes section).

Regarding conference sites, it has been decided at the Executive Board meeting that IAMSLIC should not have conferences in the same region in consecutive years and to avoid consecutive meetings in North America when possible. Also, the conference sites should be planned 3 years in advance. Relevant wording change has been made to the conference site selection procedure.

 Sally Taylor and I attended 12 Session of the IODE Group of Experts on Marine Information Management to discuss the Joint IODE/IAMSLIC GE-MIM. Through establishment of the Joint GE-MIM, IAMSLIC and IODE hope to reach a new level of cooperation in areas of professional advice, expertise, and training. The Terms of Reference (ToRs) for the Group have been discussed and agreed at the meeting. ToRs are included in the Recommendation MIM-XII-1 on establishment of the Joint IODE/IAMSLIC Group of Experts on Marine Information Management (IODE/IAMSLIC GE-MIM) which is annexed to the Session Report (available for download from the IODE website). This Recommendation will be submitted, together with other recommendations and the session report, to the June 2013 Session of the IOC Assembly for approval. The IAMSLIC Executive Board will soon seek interest from the membership in order to identify 4 members to serve on the Joint GE-MIM.

 Best regards,

 Maria Kalentsits

IAMSLIC President  2012-2013

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I will be retiring April 1, 2013. It is hard for me to believe 31 years have passed so quickly here at Texas A&M University at Galveston, and for the majority of those years (since 1983?) I have been an IAMSLIC member. Our organization has made a huge difference in my professional life, and I have many personal friends as well from our membership. this is a wonderful organization; I am hoping to be able to attend our annual conference in Florida this year, so I will look forward to seeing many of you there.

Natalie Wiest
Texas A&M University at Galveston USA

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