Archive for September, 2017

BI-International professional exchange & Małgorzata Grabowska-Popow

Each year BI-International für internationalen Fachaustausch/BI-International run a professional exchange with Germany for library professionals from aborad. Bibliothek & Information International (BI-International) is the standing committee of Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID), the Federal Association of German Library and Information Associations, for the promotion of international professional exchange.
With the exchange they support your plans to explore the German library landscape and to strengthen international knowledge transfer by:
· Providing financial support for professional visits to German libraries
· Providing organisational assistance and financial support for study tours to Germany
· Allocating financial support for participating in international conferences in Germany
· Encouraging personal professional contacts with German library specialists and colleagues
· Assisting in finding partners for European and international projects
· Recommending German specialists for participating in international conferences or seminars
· Providing and mediating current information on developments in the German library world

Further information can be found here.

This year Małgorzata Grabowska-Popow will benefit from the scheme. Małgorzata is a librarian working in the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Gdynia, Poland and currently a PHD candidate in history. It is a small library with Małgorzata as a full time staff member and just one colleague working part time. Due to the changing nature of the profession and the services the library provides, Małgorzata is constantly upskilling and providing new resources and services to the patrons. She actively works with EURASLIC and IAMSLIC for interlibrary loan services, conferences and workshops.
In 2004 Małgorzata visited the libraries in Kiel, invited by Barbara Schmidt and the libraries in Hamburg, through the BI-International professional exchange. This year she will be hosted by the library of Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (Warnemuende), this library has a similar holdings as her own. She will also visit libraries that should prove to be a marvellous source of information about contemporary scientific information and library science.
Through her visit, Małgorzata hopes to increase her knowledge of: the German library holdings, visitor numbers, collection history, library services, cataloguing systems, their digitisation methods, publication offices, visitor services, special collections, periodical subscriptions & costings, scientist engagement techniques, author’s support, OA, copyright, employee relations, and career development. Małgorzata is going to be very busy during her visit! She hopes she can bring her new knowledge home to her library in Poland and embed and adapt it into her current service provision. She will write a report about her visit and share it with us here at Iamslic.

Stephanie Ronan- Communications team.

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Presenter Profile Series: Alisa Lazear

Newly qualified information professional Alisa Lazear is our next presenter spotlighted for #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series. Alisa will present a paper entitled: Undergraduate Material in Aquatic & Marine Science Libraries: Current Practices. We look forward to meeting you Alisa and welcoming you into the fold. 


A little about Alisa…
Alisa grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and later moved to western Canada to pursue a library degree and warmer winters. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton University and completed her master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of British Columbia this past June. Alisa currently works for the University of Victoria as a Law Library Intern and at Royal Roads University as an on-call Librarian.
After working as a co-op student at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre Library last fall, Alisa developed a strong interest in science librarianship and a love of the ocean. This experience led her to pursue a directed studies research project, which she presented at the 2017 Cyamus Regional Group Meeting. Grateful for being a part of the amazing Cyamus group, she looks forward to meeting IAMSLIC members and making others feel just as welcomed. Alisa hopes to continue doing research and contributing to the advancement of librarianship.

Talk to Alisa is Honolulu about…
– Intellectual property
– Open access
– Soup recipes
– Star Trek
– The human psyche

Alisa will be presenting…

Title: Undergraduate Material in Aquatic & Marine Science Libraries: Current Practices
Abstract: The digital age has changed the way we share and store scholarly material. Material created at the undergraduate level is increasingly being deposited in institutional repositories or made accessible online, allowing for this research to be widely available to other scholars. This can create opportunities and challenges for libraries. To better understand the current methods used in aquatic and marine science libraries for the collection, access, and preservation of undergraduate material, a pilot survey was conducted of the Cyamus regional group.
Now, we are interested in gathering a clearer picture by surveying the entire IAMSLIC membership. Aquatic and marine libraries in university and research institutions were the target audience for our survey with the aim of understanding current methods and challenges specific to science libraries.
Examining current process and challenges will offer new perspectives on the issues associated with having undergraduate material online and provide an opportunity to understand our evolving responsibilities as librarians.
This presentation at #IamHawaii will illustrate the results of this study and discuss how changes in access, preservation, and collection have benefited or harmed the scientific community.

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Twitter Handle: @Alisa_Lazear

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Presenter Profile Series: Olivia Diehr

Olivia Diehr is our next presenter on our #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series. Olivia is presenting a paper at #IamHawaii as well as leading a workshop as a beneficent fairy entitled ‘Meeting the Fairy: Think in new ways to create new resources’.

A little bit about 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 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 librarian at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research in Rostock-Warnemuende. Moreover Olivia finds herself 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 library library and last but not least her library tries to provide any required full text articles regardless of the effort. Situated just off the Baltic Sea coast, Olivia’s library is certainly one of the most beautiful places to work.

Talk to Olivia in Honolulu about…

Have a chat to her about sharing ideas and inspirations on the future of libraries; traveling, cooking, as well as being outside in nature.

Olivia will be presenting…

Paper title: Testing the waters: Publishing literacy as a new role for marine science librarians?

Abstract: Libraries have a strong service culture. For decades information literacy is well established in our libraries and information centers. The training on skills to search, evaluate and consume information is a substantial part of the libraries’ information literacy program. At the same time library services for authors seem to be still in their infancy, at least at specialized libraries beyond universities. There are a lot of varied possibilities to discover. Let us test the waters and explore how librarians may contribute to the publishing process of authors at their institutions. Where are the potential docking points for libraries during the writing and publishing process? Where are exciting opportunities to see? Which limitations have to be considered?

Workshop title: Meeting the fairy: Think in new ways to create new resources

Abstract: Workshop moderation at the 43rd IAMSLIC Annual Conference. This workshop will be slightly different, because it will be led by a beneficent fairy. I will slip into the role of a fairy (fictional), and the main aim is to encourage the participants to think in new ways. Based on several short activities, and with a little help of the fairy, we may re-discover our work-related wishes. The subjects will be created by the attendees themselves during the workshop, all professional themes are welcome. Furthermore this collaboration will be open, every IAMSLIC member will be asked to take part in the way he or she wants to do. I led this workshop at the last EURASLIC Conference in Bremen, Germany in May 2017, and I received very good feedback from the participants.Timeslot: 60 minutes. I hope I will able to bring in a new perspective on what we do to create something totally new and unexpected by moderating this fairy-led workshop at the 43rd IAMSLIC Annual Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Connect with Olivia through…

Leibniz Institute twitter account @Ostseeforschung
Leibniz Institute Facebook page

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Presenter Profile Series: Daryl L. Superio

Our next presenter in our #IamHawaii profile series is Daryl L. Superio and he comes from the Philippines. Daryl is co-author of ‘A Survey of the Information-Seeking Behaviour (ISB) of Aquatic Science Librarians in Response to a Query’, along with Mary Grace H. Oliveros and Vince Ervin V. Palcullo. They are still collating data for the survey and would appreciate your time in completing it. Further details available here.

A little bit about Daryl…

Daryl L. Superio is a Senior Information Assistant at the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Aquaculture Department (SEAFDEC/AQD) Library in the Philippines. He is in-charge of cataloging and classification, indexing and reference services. He is also a part-time lecturer at Central Philippine University (Iloilo City, Philippines) Library and Information Science program and teaches cataloging and classification, indexing and abstracting and information technology subjects.  He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Library and Information Science from Central Philippine University. He is an Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstract (ASFA) Board Member and a member of Aquatic Commons Editorial Review Board.

Mary Grace H. Oliveros and Vince Ervin V. Palcullo were Daryl’s former students.

Mary Grace is an Information Assistant at SEAFDEC/AQD Library in the Philippines. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Science from Central Philippine University. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the same university.

Vince is currently preparing for his Philippines professional Librarians Licensure Examination.

Talk to Daryl in Honolulu about…

Daryl likes Japanese anime, Mary Grace and Vince are Korean Drama fanatics! But they all like Harry Potter movies!

Daryl will be presenting…

Title: A Survey of the Information-Seeking Behaviour (ISB) of Aquatic Science Librarians in Response to a Query

Abstract: Access to quality information plays a major role in a successful research. However, with the Internet, low-quality information has proliferated as anyone could post information online, which according to Silberg, et al. (1997) “the Net—and especially the Web—has the potential to become the world’s largest vanity press.” Nevertheless, several studies had been conducted proving that the Internet is the first information resource among different professionals mainly because of the convenience it gives to them. On the other hand, there are limited numbers of literatures about the preference of the librarians on providing answers to the information needs of their clienteles, and there is none among aquatic science librarians. Therefore, to provide an answer to this information gap, a survey will be conducted to investigate if aquatic science librarians like other professionals would opt to go to the Internet first rather than the library when searching for information. Moreover, preferred information sources whenever not available at the library will be identified. Results of the study will benefit aquatic science librarians as a whole since best practices will be documented and useful information resources will be enumerated.

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Presenter Profile Series: Geoffrey Francis Salanje


Our next featured presenter for our #IamHawaii Presenter Profile Series is University Librarian Geoffrey Salanje from Malawi. Geoffrey will be presenting a paper on Collaborative Access to Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Information: Malawi’s Experience.


A little bit about Geoffrey…

Geoffrey is University Librarian at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi since 2013. Before that he has worked as a College Librarian of the then Bunda College of Agriculture under University of Malawi for about 13 years and an Assistant Librarian in the University of Malawi since March 1986. (Bunda College of Agriculture became an independent public university in 2012 after delinking from University of Malawi.)
Academically and professionally, Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Social Science (B.Soc.Sc, 1985) from University of Malawi majoring in Statistics, Management and Sociology; a Postgraduate diploma in Library studies (1988) from University of Botswana; and a Master’s degree in Library studies (MLS, 1992) from University of Wales – Aberystwyth. In his 31 years’ career – all in an academic library, he has attended a number of special short courses, workshops, seminars, meetings, conferences, etc.

Inside LUANAR Library

Geoffrey has been a member of IAMSLIC and AFRIAMLIC since 2002 and 2003 respectively. He first attended and presented a paper at AFRIAMSLIC biannual conference in Accra, Ghana in 2003 and in 2005 he attended and presented a paper for the first time at IAMSLIC annual conference held in Rome, Italy. Since then he has attended and presented papers at other IAMLIC annual conferences held in Portland, Oregon (2006); Sarasota, Florida (2007); Zanzibar, Tanzania (2011); and Rome, Italy (2015). Geoffrey successfully organized and hosted a 3rd AFRIAMSLIC conference in 2007.


Talk to Geoffrey in Honolulu about…

Academic librarianship in an African country where he has spent all his 31years career! He is also ready to share with you the challenges librarians in Malawi face and prospects in the profession. He likes reading current affairs and biographies; listening to country and western music, watching soccer and comedies on TV. Occasionally he drinks a glass of beer but not quite often! So feel free to talk to him when you meet him in Honolulu!

Geoffrey will be presenting…

Title: Collaborative Access to Aquaculture and Fisheries Science Information: Malawi’s Experience

Abstract: There is a lot of information on aquaculture and fisheries in the world. Most of this information is generated through research conducted by researchers, scientists and scholars among others. The information is available in electronic and printed forms. The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) has eased the access of aquaculture and fisheries science information in electronic form through the use of internet, intranets, CD-ROMs or computer databases. Whilst, printed information is still available, but with limited accessibility because the information might be located on one place. Accessing to aquaculture and fisheries science information has its challenges especially in Malawi. Some of the challenges are lack of locally generated information available online, inability by libraries and information centres to acquire all the needed information, reluctance by researchers, scientists and students to deposit information generated to libraries and information centres, unavailability of ICT equipment for accessing online information; and lack of knowledge by information users on where and how to find the information they need. These challenges could be resolved if there could be a close working relationship between librarians on one hand and aquaculture and fisheries scientists on the other. This would ensure that all the information generated by scientists is captured and collated into well-known locations. At the same time information which scientists are not aware of could be unearthed by librarians for their use.

Connect with Geoffrey through…
Library facebook:
University Twitter: @LuanarBunda ‏




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