What to expect at the last day of sessions and… see y’all soon!

On Thursday, learn from a group of brilliant minds behind everything from coastal fisheries research, genomic databases, special libraries, OceanDocs training, and beyond…


Our first keynote for Thursday will be Dr. Brad E. Erisman, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. He will be presenting on “The Coastal Fisheries Research Program at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute”

Following Brad will be another keynote speaker, Dr. Chris Bird, Associate Professor at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Chris will be presenting on “Diversity of the Indo-Pacific Network and the Genomic Observatories MetaDatabase”

Soak in their incredible research with a tea break before jumping into more programming:

How does a small library grown into a scientific information center? Olga Kopytova and Aleksei Baiandin at the A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of RAS in Russian Federation, Crimea, will tell you in their talk on “A Small Library That Could.” In the meantime, have a look at their growing repository!

We’ll also get another chance to hear from the dynamic trio Teresa de J. Barriga Ramírez, José Luis Ortíz Galindo, and Laura M. Pérez Rojas at the Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CICIMAR-IPN), Mexico. They will be presenting on “The Embedded Librarians a Strategy for Special Libraries in Times of Change.” If that’s not an intriguing title, I don’t know what is.

For our closing program there will be an “Aquatic Commons and OceanDocs Training and Work Party” led by Sally Taylor and Pauline Simpson. Lunch included!

Aye aye captain Sally!

A little about Sally…

Sally is a science librarian at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) where she supports students and faculty in biology, fisheries, forestry and resource management. Currently she is on a 6-month secondment as the Research Data Services Librarian at UBC. Sally has been an IAMSLIC member since 2000 when she attended her first conference close to home in Victoria, Canada. She was IAMSLIC President in 2013-2014 and is now Chair of the Aquatic Commons Board.

A little about Pauline…

Pauline has worked in marine information management all her working life. She was Head of Information Services at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK and in retirement continues to support IAMSLIC Aquatic Commons and several continuing IODE Projects: OceanDocs, OceanExpert, the new ODISCat and particularly the Ocean Best Practices System as Project Manager. Pauline has held several roles in IAMSLIC including President. She is attending as IODE representative and hopes to contribute to the discussions on forging a new relationship and building joint projects between IAMSLIC and IODE.

Best of luck to everyone on Friday for the Bay Boat Tour, Sand Sculpting Competition, and/or Beachertoberfest!

We hope you have the finest of weather over in Texas, but just in case, make sure to have a look at this list of what to pack before you hop on your plane.

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