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Speakers from Chile for #IamMex16

Dear all,

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding the weeks to be moving really quickly lately! Can’t believe the conference is only two weeks away!! We’re going to have to ramp up production on these speaker blogs and start delivering you a daily digest.

So without further ado, let me introudce our next speaker Sara Yusta Manterola. Sara co-authored her paper with Ximena Silva Guerrero, unfortunately Ximena cannot attend the conference.


Sara Yusta Manterola is a librarian at the University of Magallanes in Chile. Throughout her career she has worked mainly in university libraries in Chile. She has worked in all areas of information management.

Sara began her career at the University of La Serena, where she supported the formation of the database of the Study Center dedicated to Gabriela Mistral (1990-1994). At the University of Magallanes, she worked between 1994 and 2005 in charge of the automation of libraries, and subsequent implementation of open shelving and developing projects of improvement of building, collection and services.
Between 2005 and 2009, she served in a private university in Temuco. Later, between 2009 and 2014, she was Head of the Library System of the Catholic University of Temuco.

In April 2014 she returned to the University of Magallanes, where she started working with the team lead by Ximena Silva, who was developing Aike Digital Library and Gaia Antarctic Digital Repository (GAIA ANTARTICA) One of her career goals is to have the opportunity to make a difference in university libraries, helping students and teachers to improve their knowledge, through information and communication technologies.
A training highlight for Sara has been engageing in a two-week internship in the libraries of the University of Toronto, along with 30 Chilean librarians. Following that, Sara attended a seminar at Harvard University, sponsored by LASPAU and Harvard College Library (2002).

Sara moved cities due to the transfer of her husband. Come talk to Sara at Iamslic, she is a family lady and has 3 children and two grandchildren, and as a family they are sports fans. Her biggest hobby is knitting; crocheting or two needles. She also dances in a folk dance group. So lots to talk to Sara about at Iamslic, as well as her interesting library career.


Bibliotecaria, ha ejercido principalmente en bibliotecas universitarias en Chile.Se ha desempeñado en todas las áreas de una unidad de información.

Inició su carrera profesional en la Universidad de La Serena, donde apoyó en la formación de la base de datos del Centro de Estudios dedicado a Gabriela Mistral (1990-1994).
En la Universidad de Magallanes, trabajó entre 1994 y 2005 a cargo del proceso de automatización de las bibliotecas, y posteriormente en la implementación de la estantería abierta y la elaboración de proyectos de mejoramiento del edificio, la colección y los servicios.
Entre el 2005 y el 2009, se desempeño en una universidad privada en Temuco, para posteriormente, entre el 2009 y el 2014, hacerse cargo de la Dirección del Sistema de Bibliotecas de la Universidad Católica de Temuco.
A partir de abril de 2014, regresa a la Universidad de Magallanes, donde se integra al equipo que lidera Ximena Silva, quien desarrolla la Biblioteca Digital Aike y el Repositorio Digital Gaia Antártica.
Una de sus metas profesionales es tener la oportunidad de establecer una diferencia en las bibliotecas universitarias, ayudando a alumnos y docentes a mejorar sus conocimientos, a través de las tecnologías de información y comunicación.
Dentro de su formación destaca especialmente la pasantía de dos semanas en las bibliotecas de la Universidad de Toronto, junto a 30 bibliotecarios chilenos. Posterior a eso asistieron a un Seminario en Harvard University, auspiciado por Laspau y Harvard College Library (2002).

Los cambios de ciudad se deben a traslados de su marido.Tiene 3 hijos y dos nietos, y como familia son fanáticos de los deportes. Su gran pasatiempo es el tejido, crochet o dos agujas, y también integra un grupo de baile folklórico.


Co-authoring with Sara is Ximena Silva Guerrero. She is a librarian graduated from Universidad de Chile. After her graduation she started working in public libraries of the Libraries, Archives and Museums Direction. Since 1998 she has worked at the Universidad de Magallanes in Punta Arenas, where she has served as Head of the Documentation Center of the Institute of Patagonia; Project Director MECESUP “Reinventing the Library as a Learning Space”. Nowadays she is head reference librarian and coordinator for the information literacy program and digital plataforms “Aike Digital Library of Patagonia” and “Gaia Digital Repository Antarctica”. As part of her training she has completed diplomas in: Management Directive; University Management; and University Teaching. She is a member of IAMSLIC and Information Management Group in Marine Sciences (GT- GIM) of the National Oceanographic Committee (CONA).

Ximena is married and has 2 sons. In November she will become a grandmother for the first time, and for this reason she will not be able to attend the IAMSLIC conference, to share and personally present the work of her unit “Gaia Antarctic Digital Repository: management and dissemination of Antarctic knowledge”. She invites her colleagues present at IAMSLIC to share any questions by email regarding the work.
Bibliotecaria titulada de la Universidad de Chile. Los primeros años profesionales los desarrolló en bibliotecas públicas pertenecientes a la Dirección de Bibliotecas, Archivos y Museos (DIBAM). Desde el año 1998 trabaja en la Universidad de Magallanes en la ciudad de Punta Arenas. En que se ha desempeñado como Jefe del Centro de Documentación del Instituto de la Patagonia; Directora del Proyecto MECESUP “Reinventando la Biblioteca como un Espacio de Aprendizaje”.  Las responsabilidades actuales son de bibliotecaria de referencia; coordinadora del programa de alfabetización para la información; coordinadora de las plataformas digitales “Aike Biblioteca Digital de la Patagonia” y “Repositorio Digital Gaia Antártica”. Como parte de su formación ha cursado los Diplomas en: Gestión Directiva; Gestión Universitaria; Docencia Universitaria.Desde el año 2004 es miembro de IAMSLIC y del Grupo de Gestión de Información en Ciencias del Mar (GT-GIM) del Comité Oceanográfico Nacional (CONA).

Está casada, tiene 2 hijos. En noviembre será abuela por primera vez, hecho relevante y significativo que la tiene muy feliz, pero que a la vez le impide estar presente en el Congreso IAMSLIC , como era su gran deseo y así tener la oportunidad de compartir y presentar personalmente el trabajo de la ponencia. Esto no impide que los colegas y miembros presentes en IAMSLIC si desean hacer consultas lo puedan hacer por correo electrónico.

Title: Gaia Antarctic Digital Repository: management and dissemination of Antarctic knowledge
Abstract: The experience of creating a specialized subject repository “Gaia Antarctic Digital Repository” is described. Born in the context of the Convenio de Desempeño MINEDUC-MAG 1203 “Gaia Antártica: Conocimiento y Cultura Antártica” and the collaborative partnership of the Universidad de Magallanes (Umag) with higher education and research institutions that contribute to the knowledge of the Antarctic Continent. Its purpose is to develop a single digital platform to collect, preserve and disseminate scientific, academic and disclosure information about the Antarctic and Antarctic polar areas. It emphasizes partnerships with national universities: @umagallanes and institutions of research and dissemination of Antarctic knowledge. Also, describes the process of selection of documents specifying the terms for scanning; the technical aspects of the selection and implementation of the management platform of digital objects; selection of open access software and the use of standard bibliographic description; and implementation of hardware and networking technologies. Finally, it describes uses policy and copyrights, settlement and dissemination.

Social Media: University Facebook- and University Twitter: @umagallanes

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Coming to you from Germany for #IamMex16

Dear all,

Let us end the week with another excellent presenter for our forthcoming #IamMex16 conference. Please meet Olivia Diehr from Germany and when you see her in Mexico, have a chat to her about sharing ideas and inspirations on the future of libraries; travelling, cooking, as well as being outside in nature. The conference in Merida should tick some of those boxes for Olivia :).


Olivia Karin Diehr was born in Rostock (Germany) and is the Head of the library at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research since 2008.
Her library career started in 1988 in Rostock Public Library. After finishing school, she worked as a library assistant. During this time Olivia learned everything about shelf arrangement, checkouts, returns, and remembers the funny overdue excuses she sometimes heard!
From 1990 to 1994 she studied librarianship at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK), and graduated with a degree in librarianship in 1994. The job opportunities had changed completely after the German reunification. Olivia grabbed the opportunity and started working in academic libraries. From 1996 to 1999 she worked in a Governmental University of Applied Sciences (FHöVPR) in Guestrow, where she led this library for more than a year.
From 2000 to August 2008 Olivia served as a librarian at the Greifswald University Library, which is one of Germany’s oldest university libraries. At first she was in the acquisition department, and thereafter in the service department for 7 years. She was responsible for the websites of the university library and worked at the information and circulation desk.
Since August 2008 Olivia has held the position of head librarian at the Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Rostock-Warnemuende. Moreover Olivia finds serving marine scientists from all over the world thrilling beyond the regular library services. She keeps her fingers crossed for the various successful off shore sampling campaigns; She also established a kids library corner and last but not least her library tries to provide any required full text articles regardless of the effort.
Situated just at the Baltic Sea coast, Olivia’s library is certainly one of the most beautiful places to work.

Title: Identifying core marine science journals: factors of evaluation

Abstract: Journal articles are the most important sources for scientific information. More than 20 years after the “Berlin Declaration”, more and more journals are published open access. Due to this, the journals market is subject to a lot of change. The main aim is to gather information whether our subscriptions still meet the needs of our scientists. Key factors used to identify the core journals for marine sciences are displayed, at least for our scientists. Our institution is an interdisciplinary research facility. It specializes in the study of coastal oceans and marginal seas and is divided into four sections which focus on different research activities. Because of this, it is important to find a combined set of core journals which reflect the needs of all scientists involved. Recent budget cuts made it even more necessary to cut down on journal costs. Certain questions had to be answered during the evaluation process. Topics included in those questions were the definition of what core journals are, where our scientists publish their research, which journals they cite, available open access and institutional access to journals specialized in marine sciences, and the costs of journals.

Social media: Leibniz Institute twitter account @Ostseeforschung

Leibniz Institute Facebook page

Remember to include us in your tweets and retweets @Iamslicorg and use the hashtag #IamMex16

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More speakers for #IamMex16

Dear all,

Welcome to our third week of speaker introductions for #IamMex16. We have less than a month to go until the big event in Mérida, Mexico from October 16-20. It’s only 12℃ here in Ireland this morning and will peak at 16℃. Although it’s 3am in Mérida it’s already 25℃ and will climb to 33℃. Sounds heavenly to me, autumnal sun and a great conference, what could be better?! If you haven’t booked those flights yet, now’s the time!

Our next speakers hail from Urugury and will be co-presenting at #IamMex16: Aída Sogaray and Teresa Morelli


Aída Sogaray has been a member of IAMSLIC since 2005 and is the Latin American Regional Group Coordinator IAMSLIC (2013-2016). So if you need to know anything about the area, have a chat with her! Aída holds degree in Library Science from the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay (1999). She also holds a diploma specialising in digital documentation from the University Paul Valéry Montpellier III, CLAEH University Institute (2006-2007). She is the chief of DINARA Library from 2004 to date. Throughout her career she has taken several courses on bibliographic organization in the digital environment. This is a very busy lady and to add to her committee membership, she is a member of the advisory committee “Portal Timbó” Uruguay (2007 to date), a member of the Technical Committee SIDALC Uruguay (2000 to date), a founding member of the Uruguayan Association of Academic Journals AURA (2015 to date) and finally a member of Uruguay Librarians Association, ABU – IFLA (1995 to date). All of these demonstrate her strong commitment and lifelong dedication to the profession.

When you are at the conference please come and talk to Aída about the Latin American Regional Group, but also her presonal interests, which are varied, such as aquariams, plants, cactus, dogs, cats and football.


Teresa Morelli holds her degree in Library Science from the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay and also has a diploma in Cultural Management. Technique in Quality Management. She is editor of the Journal of the Faculty of Law of the University of the Republic and site manager of Academic Publications in the same institution. Teresa is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Information and Communication at the University of the Republic.  She is a member of the Association of Librarians Uruguay, ABU – IFLA and a founding member and member of the Board of AURA (Uruguayan Association of Academic Journals).

Teresa is especially interested in academic publishing online, theater, gardens and ponds. She hopes to discuss these and other issues at the meeting, so please approach her for a chat at #IamMex16. 
Title:  Towards quality of academic publications in Uruguay

Abstract: Librarians and publishers of scientific journals from multiple disciplines in Uruguay, after the First Training Workshop for Publishers: Scientific Journals and Quality Criteria organized by Latindex and SciELO Uruguay, created a network. Among its objectives are the following: to identify both problems and needs of national publishers of academic journals, to seek advice and information on copyright in the (Creative Commons) digital environment among other topics of common interest. Meetings take place, working groups are formed. Electronic courses and workshops of Journal Publishing in the OJS (Open Journal System) platform are given. During 2015 the Uruguayan Association of Academic Journals (AURA) is created, bringing together publishers from the most diverse academic disciplines who seek to improve the quality of their journals.
Towards quality of academic publications in Uruguay

Social Media

Twitter @aidasogaray(Aída ) and @morellitere (Teresa)



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Presenting our President-Elect for #IamMex16

Dear All,

I think this man needs no introduction to most of us, however for the new faces in IAMSLIC this year, meet our President-Elect Steve Watkins. He’s really friendly and approachable, so please do introduce yourself and say ¡Hóla! Steve looks forward to meeting and chatting with our IAMSLIC colleagues. As well as talking about all things library, marine, and IAMSLIC; Steve enjoys traveling, hiking, snorkeling and sampling fine wines. 


Steve Watkins has been an IAMSLIC member for 30 years and currently serves as President-Elect and Convenor of this year’s conference in Merida. He was one of the three founding librarians at California State University, Monterey Bay as Coordinator of Technology Development and Science Librarian since 1995. He holds a BS in Biology from Stanford University with an emphasis on marine invertebrate ecology and received his MLS from University of California, Berkeley. At a small and growing university, he has enjoyed being involved in a variety of roles and services, including reference, information literacy instruction, collection development, systems and campus shared governance. At his previous position as Assistant Head of the Science Library at University of California, Santa Cruz, Steve did pioneering work in distributed information systems on the Internet and has continued to implement innovative technology solutions for user services throughout his career. One of his recent projects entailed putting the entire content of the Aquatic Commons, FAME Digital Library and SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department repositories onto a portable wireless access point running the LibraryBox platform, which enables access to 22,000 full-text publications in locations where Internet service is lacking or unreliable.
Steve’s interests include traveling, hiking, snorkeling and sampling fine wines. During this transition period of partial retirement, he also enjoys volunteering as a docent for a nearby beach state park. He eagerly looks forward to this year’s conference in the Latin American Region where we will once again have a wonderful opportunity to meet and interact with our amazing colleagues from the region, as well as visiting and learning more about Mayan history and culture.

Title: Aquatic Commons and LibraryBox project update (Co-presenting with Joan Parker, more from Joan later)

Abstract:  Steve will be giving a brief demonstration and update on this LibraryBox project at the conference.

Social mediaFollow the CSUMB library on Google+

CSU Monterey Bay University twitter: @CSUMB


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Introducing another great presenter for #IamMex16

Hello Iamslickers,

We’ll start a new week with a new batch of presenters for #IamMex16. We hope you’re getting excited about the conference now!

Next up is Barb Butler and as a past president of Iamslic, we’re sure most of your will know her already. But for those who do not, please feel free to pop up to Barb for a chat. As you can tell she loves dogs, but also gardening, cycling, cooking, pets and just about any outdoor activity! She would also love to talk to new members about IAMSLIC and how to get the most out of this wonderful organization while getting to know some amazingly helpful colleagues!


Barb Butler has been an IAMSLIC member and the solo-librarian at University of Oregon’s Institute of Marine Biology for the past 25 years. She holds a BS in Biological Sciences and an MS in Range Management from University of California, Davis and received her MLIS from University of California, Berkeley. She enjoys using her science background in a library setting and in a one-person library has the opportunity to work closely with students, staff and faculty on all facets of library resources: reference, instruction, and collection development in marine science. Her research interests are open-access resources, core journal collections, collaborative collection development, data visualization via geo-referenced citations, and best practices for one-person and remotely located libraries. She is co-editor of the open-access resource Oregon Estuarine Invertebrates, the topic of her presentation this year. Barb is a past-president of IAMSLIC and has served on a number of IAMSLIC committees.

Title: Open access publishing: Oregon Estuarine Invertebrates
ABSTRACT: OIMB (Oregon Institute of Marine Biology) Director Jerry Rudy and his wife Lynn in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The original edition was digitized and made freely available via University of Oregon’s institutional repository. Five years later the second edition, incorporating 30 previously unpublished species profiles, was made publically available as well. At that point each species description was published as a separate chapter in order to make it easier to update individual species accounts as needed. This open access resource has been well-used by OIMB classes and biologists in Washington, Oregon and California, but the content was 30 years out-of-date. In 2014-2016, with the help of a graduate student, the majority of the species descriptions were updated. Each of these individual species profiles will be combined to produce the third edition of Oregon Estuarine Invertebrates in summer 2016. The stepwise-approach to making an open access and perpetually updatable resource may serve as a model for other IAMSLIC libraries.

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IAMSLIC 2016 #IamMex16 #ourPresenters

Welcome back everyone to our Presenter Introduction Slot.

Next up is the lovely Maggie Grabowska-Popow from Poland.

Besides library and Iamslic news, Maggie is looking forward to chatting to everyone about the history of Latin America, classical music, tourism, gardens and dogs, so please introduce yourself over coffee and have fun! :).


Maggie Grabowska-Popow, lives in Gdynia, Poland. She has a PhD and her specialization is history. She is interested in the history of Latin America, especially Peru. Maggie is married and has one grown-up son and one grandchild – Mark, who is 6 months old.

Maggie has worked in the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute since 1988. She began as head of the Editorial Department and is the head of the scientific library since 2006. National Marine Fisheries Research Institute is the oldest marine science center in Poland. It is 95 and so is its scientific library.
The Institute’s Scientific Library offers a unique collection in Poland dedicated to sea fisheries research. Since 1921, a rich collection of books, journals etc. has been built and it encompasses publications from numerous international publishers and organizations related to fisheries; the latter cover those of the FAO, ICES (a full documentation of the meetings), NEAFC, NAFO, CCAMLR, the International Baltic Sea Fishery Commission – IBSFC. Besides, the Library has collected a number of atlases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, keys for identifying fish and living sea organisms. During World War II the collections were taken to Germany, and after the War they were found in the library of Seefahrtschule in Hamburg. The books and periodicals were returned to Gdynia in 1946. They made up about 70% of the previous holdings. The present size of the collection is over 15500 books and 9500 volumes of journals, all dealing with sea fisheries research. The Library houses the traditional and electronic library catalogues. The readers also have access to many electronic bases: ASFA, SCOPUS, EBSCO, Springer, Wiley, Elsevier, Science, Nature, Web of Science. The library is a member of IAMSLIC (EURASLIC). The representatives of the library took part in many international trainings of IOC/IDOE and they take part in ODINECET project.

Title: Readership popularization in Poland: tradition and modernity

Abstract: Nowadays the readership in Poland has decreased in a very visible way. The state of readership is described and the methods of solving this problem, the old and modern ones are considered.

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New Book about Information Use and the Science-Policy Interface

The Environmental Information: Use and Influence (EIUI) research team at Dalhousie University, Halifax is very pleased to announce that it’s new book, Science, Information, and Policy Interface for Effective Coastal and Ocean Management is now available from CRC Press (a division of Taylor & Francis). Edited by Bertrum H. MacDonald, Suzuette S. Soomai, Elizabeth M. De Santo, and Peter G. Wells, this book brings together an international group of over thirty authors who examined the multidimensional processes at the science-policy interface by which scientific information is incorporated into policy decisions. Fundamental concepts and principles of the interface, as well as case studies by governmental and non-governmental organizations, increase understanding of the role that scientific information plays in decision-making for the management of the world’s coasts and oceans.

For more information, please see an overview of the book and a report of the book launch on the EIUI’s website.

EIUI book cover

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Iamslic 2016 Conference: Introducing the speakers

Dear All,

The IAMSLIC communications team would like to introduce you to our speakers for our 42nd Iamslic Conference in Mérida, Mexico on the 16th-20th October 2016.

Over the next few weeks we’ll introduce you to two or three speakers a week to whet your appetite for the conference ahead. So please tune into this blog each week and tweet and retweet our links from @iamslicorg #IamMex16. We’ve included a photograph of all our speakers to accompany their short biography, this should help you recognise more people at the conference. Our speakers have all volunteered to make themselves available for a chat over breaks and have included their interests, so we should all have something in common to talk about.

It’s shaping up to be an excellent conference; I’m sure those of you who have booked already are very excited. For those still deciding on their options, I’ve no doubt these talks will sway you and we’ll see you in Mérida!

In no particular order, our debut presenter introduced here is Jaime Goldman:


Jaime Goldman is the Librarian III at Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanography Library, where she manages all aspects of the library’s operation. She earned her BS degree in Marine Science and Biology from Coastal Carolina University, MS degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University, and her MS degree in Library & Information Science from Florida State University. Combining her experience and education in the marine and library sciences, Jaime enjoys working as a subject specialist at the Oceanography Library, where she has the opportunity to work closely with students, researchers, and faculty to meet their education and research needs. Jaime is especially involved in reference, research, instruction, online tutorials, ETDs, budgets, and collection development. Jaime is currently serving as the SAIL representative to IAMSLIC through 2017.

Title: Discourse on data: research data management
Abstract: This round table discussion aims to explore challenges and opportunities related to building and maintaining research data management (RDM) services in scientific institutions. Possible discussion prompts include: outreach and engagement, building expertise and training, data management plans, RDM tools, keeping up with funding agency requirements, and storage solutions. People attending who have RDM services in their institution should be ready to discuss their experiences and lessons learned. Attendees who are interested in starting RDM services at their institution should consider possible starting points and potential issues with service implementation so that the group can discuss and workshop possible solutions.

Please feel free to come talk to Jamie at the conference! She is especially interested in SCUBA diving and exploring new places!

Library social media/sites:

Personal Twitter account: ScubaDive’nLibrarian @JaimeGoldman


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