Archive for January, 2014

FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Branch Library closed from February 2014

Dear colleagues,


We regret to inform you that, as per high-level managerial decision, the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Branch Library will be permanently closed from February 2014 with its staff and collections moved over to the FAO’s central library, the David Lubin Memorial Library (DLML). After settling down in DLML and along with new duties, we will continue providing specialized fisheries and aquaculture information services to our internal and external library users. Maria Kalentsits will act as “fisheries focal point” in the Main Library, while Armand Gribling will continue to look after the collection of documents published by and stored in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department. We will also continue our involvement in IAMSLIC activities, including hosting the IAMSLIC Conference in 2015 in FAO.

Starting from February 2014, you are kindly asked to send you reference queries to FAO-Library-Reference e-mail account  instead of FI-library account.  Please note that the FI-library account will be permanently closed after a transition period of a couple of months. For other issues, please contact Maria or Armand directly.

We apologize for any inconvenience or delay in addressing your requests during the transition period.

Finally, we would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to all partners and users whom the Fisheries and Aquaculture Branch Library was privileged to work with over more than 45 years of the library’s existence at FAO.


Best regards,


Maria Kalentsits and Armand Gribling

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40th IAMSLIC Annual Conference and 2nd PIRG Meeting: Invitation and Call for Proposals

We invite you to join us for the 40th IAMSLIC Annual Conference and 2nd PIRG Meeting to be held September 14-18, 2014 at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) located in Noumea, New Caledonia.

The program committee has selected the conference theme Forty Years of Sailing: Connecting Islands in a Digital World . The conference website is now live! and there you will find a full description of the conference theme and call for proposals as well as information about our host institution and local arrangements.

What is so special about this Conference? We will be celebrating our 40th Anniversary and many activities will be organized dedicated to the retirees and those that sailed this Association from the very beginning.

We look forward to receiving proposals for March 17th, 2014. A list of suggested topics and instructions for submission are available on the conference website.
On behalf of the planning committees, see you in September!

Guillermina Cosulich- Conference Convenor and Chair

Mary-Clare Ame- Local Host and PIRG Coordinator

Sally Taylor- IAMSLIC President 2013-2014

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