EURASLIC XVIII – conference website

The website for 18th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centers is launched. The conference entitled River of no return: sail or sink will be held from May 6-9th, 2019, Zagreb, Croatia. The title of the Conference signifies changing role of libraries in information age and their ability to sail with the flow in order to maintain their presence in today’s digital environment, therefore the themes are covering various range of important topics.

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Presenter Profile Series: Ian Stewart

Today’s Presenter Profile Series features Ian Stewart, Production Manager for Marine Ecology Progress Series, Inter-Research Science Center in Germany.

A bit about Ian…

Ian is the Production Manager for Marine Ecology Progress Series for which he also occasionally still finds the time to copy-edit/proofread articles along with those of other Inter-Research (IR) journals. Additionally, he is a member of the IR management team, overseeing the areas of rights and permissions, subscriptions and subscriber-publisher relations, Open Access fee waivers, and other administrative tasks. Ian is a qualified librarian with a former library career mostly in rare books and heritage collections. He has also served on the National Council of the Library and Information Association Of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA).

Ian will be presenting on…

Title: Inter-Research Science Publisher (Oldendorf/Luhe, Germany): Presentation and Open Forum

Abstract: Inter-Research is a small, single-owner publisher that produces 8 academic science journals of high quality and well-established reputation, in particular the flagship journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, which in 2019 will celebrate its 40th anniversary. To begin this session, I will briefly introduce Inter-Research and what it does, specifically the processes an article goes through from submission for peer review to acceptance and publication. For the second and longer part, an Open Forum: here is your chance to discuss directly with a publisher and together with your colleagues those burning serials issues. The long-term economic viability of subscription publishing models versus Open Access models, price rises, future relevancy of academic journals as an information source, copyright and distribution control—the possibilities for a lively and interesting discussion are endless. I already have questions for you.

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Presenter Profile Series: Geoffrey Francis Salanje

Today’s Presenter Profile Series features Geoffrey Francis Salanje, University Librarian at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi.

A little bit about Geoffrey…

Geoffrey is a 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 32years’ career – all in an academic library, he has attended a number of special short courses, workshops, seminars, meetings, conferences, etc.
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); Rome, Italy (2015) and Honolulu, Hawaii (2017). Geoffrey successfully organized and hosted a 3rd AFRIAMSLIC conference in 2007.

Talk to Geoffrey in Entebbe about…

Academic librarianship in an African country where he has spent his entire 32 years 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 Entebbe, Uganda!
His email is Am also at WhatsApp: +265 9999 30 892

Geoffrey will be presenting…

Title: Strategies for Providing Access to Aquatic and Fisheries Information no Matter the Location, Technological Access, and Users: A Case for Malawi

Researchers in fisheries and aquaculture are located in various organizations and use aquatic and fisheries information available in different formats. Apart from these researchers, the country has also scholars, policy makers, teachers, extension workers and farmers who seek aquatic and fisheries information for various usages. Some of the uses of the information are literature review, teaching and learning, extension, planning, decision making, access to markets for farm produces and community education. Providing access to relevant aquatic and fisheries information involve a number of players such as librarians, communication and information experts and broadcasters. Access to the aquatic and fisheries information must therefore be timely and accessed in the right format considering that there is now advanced technology. The paper therefore discusses the various ways of accessing relevant aquatic and fisheries information with reference to Malawi taking into consideration the available technology and the location of the information users. The paper also outlines the challenges faced by those involved in providing the needed information.

Keywords: information usage; information access; technological access; information users; information providers

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Presenter Profile Series: Bouchra Bazi

Today’s Presenter Profile Series features Bouchra Bazi, Head of Information and Documentation at the National Institute for Fisheries Research / Institut National de Recherche Halieutique (INRH), in Tangier, Morocco.

A little bit about Bouchra…

Bouchra is responsible for documentation and dissemination of scientific information. She oversees the organization of the library and tracks the information needs of users. Bouchra assumes the various links in the information chain and coordination of databases such as ASFA / FAO. In her role, Bouchra participates in exhibitions and scientific events as well as organizes tours for student information and workshops.

Bouchra Bazi will be presenting with Rachida Houssa on…

Title: Analysis of the documentary information of scientific and technical research of the Moroccan marine environment.

Abstract: Since the beginning of the first decade of this century, the Moroccan scientific and technical media scene has witnessed a great development in the production of information favored by the evolution of information and communication technologies. The modernization and equipment in communication infrastructures of Moroccan institutions specialized in the production and the diffusion of the information contributed to the radiation of the research works in marine sciences. The results of these institutions’ efforts are presented in several products, in particular the portals of national institutes and documentation centers and their databases, which include their archives and archives of universities and scientific and technical institutes. This paper looks at the contribution of information and documentation systems in the creation and dissemination of Moroccan scientific and technical information in the marine environment. We will try to give a general overview of all existing Moroccan infrastructures and a detailed statistical analysis on the type of existing information, whether open source or restricted.

Connect with Bouchra through…

Tel +212 623695266
Address Dradeb BP 5268, Tanger Morocco
90000 Tanger

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Presenter Profile Series: Mary Markland, David Baca, Kristen LaBonte, and Angela Clark-Hughes

Less than 2 weeks away until #IAMSLICUganda kicks off! Don’t forget to read our Presenter Profile Series to get a head start. Today we are featuring Mary Markland, Dave Baca, Kristen LaBonte, and Angela Clark-Hughes. Read below to learn more about these #IAMSLICUganda presenters.

A little bit about Mary…

Mary J. Markland is the director of the Guin Library at the Hatfield Marine Science Center/Oregon State University in Newport, OR. Prior to coming to OSU Libraries in 2015, she spent many years working as an academic medical librarian. She holds an MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a BS in Biology from Iowa State University. Her research interests revolve around graduate students and library outreach.

Talk to Mary in Entebbe about…

Social capital theories, information poverty, academic culture and networks, and graduate students.  She is also working on collection development projects and would love to discuss reprint files, weeding, space planning and ebooks.  Mary loves to travel and is always looking for new places to explore.

A little bit about Kristen…

Kristen is the Life and Environmental Sciences Librarian at the University of California, in coastal Santa Barbara. She joined IAMSLIC after being encouraged by her predecessor, Jim Markham, in 2012. During her first IAMSLIC conference in Anchorage, Alaska, Kristen became the Membership Database Manager and in 2014, Kristen became the Treasurer. In her position at UCSB, Kristen is a reference and instruction librarian and is the faculty and student liaison in the departments of Biology, Environmental Studies, and Environmental Sciences and Management. Prior to her current position, Kristen was the Digital Resources and GIS Librarian at the California State University, Channel Islands campus where she was involved in research with humpback whales.

Talk to Kristen in Entebbe about…

Natural history, culture, disaster preparedness, travel, food, music, organizing with labor unions or just about anything! Kristen is a “foodie” and is especially fond of traveling to different countries and enjoying unique cuisine. She has recently traveled to Japan multiple times and has fond memories of temples, nature, food, and hot springs. She hopes to return again this November and has been studying the language and researching the best places to view the fall foliage. If you are a grant recipient, you will want to touch base with Kristen about reimbursement procedures.

A little bit about Angela…

Angela Clark-Hughes is a Librarian Associate Professor and the Head Librarian of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) Library at the University of Miami where she has worked for the last 12 years. She is responsible for all access and informational services; collection management and development, as well as maintenance and processing of RSMAS’ special collections and archives. She is also responsible for research consultations and instructional services, and currently co-teaches a graduate course on data management in a research environment. She enjoys interacting and collaborating with the members of the RSMAS community by volunteering on research trips, and she serves on various boards, committees, and working groups.
Angela holds a BS in Psychology from Georgia State University, and a MLIS from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, Beta Beta chapter, a member of SAIL, the current chair of the IAMSLIC Bylaws Committee (2015-2017), and a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

A little bit about Dave…

You can read his bio from our earlier blog post here!

Mary, Dave, Kristen and Angela will be presenting on…

Title: From Drips to Tsunamis: planning for disasters in your library

Abstract: Disasters strike every area of any country and affect libraries, large or small. From a water leak to something big like an earthquake, hurricane or fire, libraries need to have a plan of action for an effective response. Our panel discussion will include librarians who have survived disasters along with others who live in potentially hazardous areas. We will discuss disaster plans from a number of institutions of different sizes, collections and budgets as well as provide some best practices and resources for creating or updating your own plan.

Connect with them through…

Mary’s Email:

Kristen LaBonte’s Facebook

Angela’s Twitter: @clark_hughes

Dave’s Twitter:@DocBaca; Library twitter: @TAMUGLib; Library Facebook:; Library website:

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Presenter Profile Series: Cheikh Ibrahima Sakho

Today’s Presenter Profile Series features Cheikh Ibrahima Sakho from the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries (IMROP), Mauritania. Read below to learn more about one of this year’s #IAMSLICUganda presenters.

A little bit about Cheikh…

I started work at the IMROP at 1988, as a fisheries scientist technician. At 1990, following the need for restoration of the library, I moved to the Information and Communication department. In addition to library work, I deal also with communication to general Public (research outreach). I’m a graduate of a Master of Science on “Scientific and Technical Communication” (Unervisté Stendhal Grenoble 3, France) in 2009. I am currently working as the Head, Communication and Information Centre at the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries (IMROP).

Talk to Cheikh in Entebbe about…

How the medias (TV and Radio specially) can contribute to share oceanographic science to no specialist people (Fishermen, decision makers, coastal inhabitants, etc.) regarding the latest development of medias and the emergence of a new class in Africa : Science specialized journalist.

Cheikh will present…

Title: Inside the Scientific Paper.

English abstract

The researcher has a crucial relation with the scientific publication. It’s indeed through the scientific article that he communicates the results of his investigations, and it is also through the same paper that he is evaluated and in fact the evolution of his career is there profondly dependent.

During a long period editing and sharing knowledge was assured on one hand by oral way (conferences, seminars, etc.) and on the other hand by way written in the form of academic publications (reports, theisis) and scientists contribution to books. Besides, this written production was published by scolar society (University, research institution, etc.) and commercial publishers, who over the years, took an almost monopoly of the scientific papers publication and built a powerful economic empire very binding and putting marginally alarge part of researchers worlwide.

However, the development of computing and the electronic networks begun ath the beginning of 1960-1970 years, and keeps perfecting in our days, opened new opportunities for other more democratic forms of sharing scientific knowledge.

This presentation tries to redraw the various stages evolution of the scientific publications and to reveal their bottoms and particularities.

Résumé Français :

Le chercheur a une relation cruciale avec la publication scientifique. C’est en effet à travers l’article scientifique qu’il communique ses résultats et c’est également à travers ce même article qu’il est évalué, en somme l’évolution de sa carrière y est profondément dépendante.

Pendant une longue période la diffusion des connaissances était assurée, d’une part par voie orale (conférence, séminaires, etc.) et d’autre part, par voie écrite sous forme de publications académiques (mémoires, thèses, etc.) et scientifiques (contribution à des ouvrages). En plus, cette production écrite était publiée par des sociétés savantes (institutions de recherche, université, etc.) et des éditeurs commerciaux, qui au fil des ans, ont pris le quasi-monopole de la communication scientifique et en ont bâti un puissant empire économique très contraignant et mettant à la marge une bonne partie de chercheurs à travers le monde.

Cependant, le développement de l’informatique et les réseaux électroniques amorcé au début des années 60-70 et qui continue de se perfectionner à nos jours, a ouvert de nouvelles opportunités pour d’autres formes plus démocratiques de diffusion de la science.

Cette présentation essaye de retracer les différentes étapes évolutives des publications scientifiques et d’en dévoiler les dessous et les particularités.

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Presenter Profile Series: Stephen B. Alayon, David Baca, and Jeanine Scaramozzino

Today’s Presenter Profile Series features three superstars: Stephen B. Alayon, David Baca, and Jeanine Scaramozzino. Read below to learn more about these #IAMSLICUganda presenters.

A little bit about Jeanine…

Jeanine Scaramozzino has been a faculty member at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo for the past ten years. She is currently the College of Science and Mathematics and School of Education Librarian, and the Research and Scholarly Services Unit Coordinator. Ms. Scaramozzino is responsible for the instructional, collection development, and outreach needs for seven departments, four campus research centers, managing the institutional repository, and supporting campus digital publishing and research impact assessment. Ms. Scaramozzino has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a M.L.I.S from San Jose State University, and a Public History MA from Cal Poly.

A little bit about Stephen…

Stephen B. Alayon is the Acting Head of the Library and Data Banking Services Section, Training and Information Division, Aquaculture Department, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC/AQD) located in Iloilo, Philippines. He is also a part-time faculty member of the University of San Agustin and the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City. He finished both his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Education (Mathematics) degrees at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas. He is currently pursuing his Master of Library and Information Science degree at the Central Philippine University. Stephen is a registered Professional Teacher and Librarian in the Philippines. He served as the executive vice president of the Philippine Librarians Association Inc. (PLAI) in 2015-2016. He is the junior president-elect (2018-2019) of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC). He held various awards such as PAARL Outstanding Academic/Research Librarian 2012, ASLP Citation Award for Excellence in Research 2013, PLAI Distinguished Service Award 2014 and Severino I. Velasco Award in 2017, and SLA Asian Librarian Award 2014.

A little bit about Dave…

Dave is the Director of the Jack K. Williams Library and Learning Commons at Texas A&M University at Galveston in Galveston, Texas USA. He oversees Library operations in addition to academic support operations, including tutoring, the writing center, the math lab, media lab, the honors program and undergraduate research. Dave came to the Galveston campus of Texas A&M from heading up a community college library system in Texas and, previous to that, as Director of the Science and Engineering Library at the University of Arizona. His library career started at the main campus of Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Dave was a mechanical engineer right out of college for a few years before returning to school and earning an MLIS from The University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Educational Administration from Texas A&M.

Dave has an interest in understanding how creativity and inspiration informs us in our daily lives and at work and helps us make crazy connections. He has long been involved with arts organizations including a stint as president of a local community choir. Dave regularly gets up the courage to tell stories in front of about 500 people at the monthly Moth storytelling events in Houston, Texas. It is the most terrifying thing he has ever done. But it’s pretty cool, too.

They will be presenting on…

Title: Succession planning in IAMSLIC and in aquatic and marine libraries.

Abstract: Some IAMSLIC members have retired, and inevitably some will be retiring soon. The organization and their libraries will soon face open positions. This study will investigate how IAMSLIC member libraries respond to the need to prepare and develop future leaders in the organization and in their libraries. The study aims to document programs or activities in team building, recruitment and selection process for leaders and managers, “growing your own” leaders, and best practices in succession planning. The study aims to determine how IAMSLIC member libraries address leadership transition and transform services and staffing. It also aims to consolidate the concerns, opinions, and suggestions on how to sustain the IAMSLIC as an organization and continue the legacy of excellent leadership and continued cooperation among members. It will investigate the willingness, interests, and potentials of members to serve on a committee and the executive board. The information gathered could serve as the basis for training and mentoring programs for future IAMSLIC leaders and library directors.

Contact them through…

Stephen’s Twitter: @stpnalaun

Jeanine’s email:

Dave’s Twitter:@DocBaca; Library twitter: @TAMUGLib; Library Facebook:; Library website:

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Presenter Profile Series: Assane Fall

Today’s Presenter Profile Series features Dr. Assane Fall from the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries (IMROP), Mauritania. Read below to learn more about one of this year’s #IAMSLICUganda presenters.

A little bit about Assane…

Assane FALL (PHD), is a Marine Information Manager and a Researcher in Socio-Anthropology of Fisheries. He has been working since 2002 at Mauritanian IMROP, which works at the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries (IMROP). He teaches courses in communication at the Higher Institute of Marine Sciences (ISSM) in Nouadhibou.

I did studies in science and technology of information and communication at the School of Librarian Librarians and Documentalist (EBAD) of the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar and the University of Limoges (France) since 2006. I also have a Master 2 in scientific and technical communication from the University of Grenoble (France) in 2010 and a doctorate in social sciences from the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris(2014) entitled: “The Banc d’Arguin National Park: Fisheries, Conservation and Sustainable Development in a Protected Marine and Coastal Area”. The work studies the governance of the Banc d’Arguin National Park (PNBA).

Since 2006, I have been involved in the ODINAFRICA project as Marine Information Manager of Mauritania. I have never participated in the IAMSLIC meetings and I was honored to participate this year to discuss with participants the issues of oceanographic and marine information management. I also wish to share with them the reflection I have made on the contribution of the ODINAFRICA project in the development of oceanographic research by making information available to researchers in West Africa, particularly those of Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries.

Assane will present…

Title: Role of Marine Libraries Developed in the ODINAFRICA: development of oceanographic research in Africa – the case of researchers in Mauritania

Abstract: The ODINAFRICA project participated in training in the management of marine information librarians, the creation of a pan-African network of National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), product development and targeted services for national and regional end users in African countries. Currently, over 40 marine-related institutions in 25 African countries, including Mauritania, have tried to address the challenges faced in access to data and information for coastal management. The NODC of Mauritania was established in 2001 under the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries (IMROP). The IMROP library has developed several products and services such as ODINAFRICA NODC and project websites, newsletters and brochures, ocean data catalogues (metadata), library catalogues, and directories of experts and institutions. IMROP’s librarians also participated in several training sessions on the management of marine information. In this paper, we first show that the project has strengthened capacity in marine library management and also in the provision of information at the library of IMROP. A questionnaire administered to twenty researchers at IMROP showed us how they used the different services and products available to them through the ODINAFRICA project. We also raise several questions to the end of the project, including the maintenance of the various services and databases.

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Presenter Profile Series: Sally Taylor

Today’s Presenter Profile Series features Sally Taylor from the University of British Columbia, Woodward Library. Read below to learn more about one of this year’s #IAMSLICUganda presenters.

Sally Taylor in the Atacama Desert in Bolivia

A little bit about Sally…

Sally Taylor 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. 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 and a member of the Joint IODE-IAMSLIC Group of Experts in Marine Information Management in a Transitional Capacity (GEMIM-T). Sally is currently on sabbatical and has spent time at the libraries of the Charles Darwin Research Station (Galapagos Islands, Ecuador) and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (British Columbia, Canada).

Sally will be presenting on…

Title: IODE Associate Information Units: a new opportunity for marine information managers to participate at the global level

Authors: Sally Taylor (presenter), Wenjing Dong, Heike Lust, Saida Messaoudi, Pauline Simpson, Aida Sogaray, Jennifer Walton (Joint IODE-IAMSLIC Group of Experts in Marine Information Management in a Transitional Capacity aka GEMIN-in-T)


How can the marine information management community participate more actively within the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Network? Although there are National Coordinators for Marine Information Management, there has been no other mechanism for IODE to communicate directly with other marine information professionals, and it has been a challenge for IODE to reach the broader marine information community. This changed in 2017 at the 24th session of the IOC Committee on IODE when the Committee approved the establishment of Associate Information Units (AIUs). Interested regional or national projects, programmes, institutions or organizations with information activities can apply to become an AIU, and if approved, benefit from the ability to influence the IODE Committee decisions on global marine data and information initiatives. A representative from the Joint IODE-IAMSLIC Group of Experts in Marine Information Management in a Transitional Capacity (GEMIM-in-T), which was tasked with designing and managing the application process, will present this new opportunity to conference attendees. She will review the Terms of Reference, outline the benefits, describe the application process, and share progress-to-date. For anyone wishing to apply now, the AIU application form is available at:

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Presenter Profile Series: Andreas H.L.T. Hainghumbi



Today’s Presenter Profile Series features Andreas H.L.T. Hainghumbi from the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources (National Marine Information & Research Centre – NatMIRC), Namibia. Read below to learn more about Andreas, one of this year’s #IAMSLICUganda presenters.

A little bit about Andreas…

Andreas has been working at the National Marine Information & Research Centre as an Information Manager or Librarian since the year 2012. He is the administrator for Namibia National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC website) and in-putter of Namibia Ocean-Doc Repositories. Andreas is also an author of 9 non-fiction books and he likes reading, writing, cooking, travelling and playing all sorts of sports.

Andreas will present…

Title: Namibia Marine Data Collection

Abstract: This presentation will give an overview of how the National Marine Information & Research Centre collects its data’s and the functions of such data. This will include a brief description of data collecting techniques used or applied by NatMIRC scientists and the processes involved in transforming such data into information and the functions/role of such information thereafter.

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