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Stephen Alayon, David Baca, and Jeanine ScaramozzinoSuccession planning in IAMSLIC and in aquatic and marine libraries.

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.


Bouchra Bazi, Rachida Houssa. Analysis of the documentary information of scientific and technical research of the Moroccan marine environment.

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 work proposes a look 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.


Olivia Karin Diehr, Christian Heene. Nationwide “publish and read” agreements with publishers – the German Projekt DEAL.

The Projekt DEAL is a consortium of German libraries, universities, and research institutions with started negotiations with the publisher Elsevier in 2016. DEAL wants to set up nationwide “publish and read” agreements with publishers. By paying a lump sum to cover publication costs, all papers authored by German-based researchers would be published open access. This new payment model would certainly have a global impact. Besides Elsevier, there are ongoing negotiations with the publishers SpringerNature and Wiley. We will introduce the recent developments. It will be discussed whether DEAL could be a model for other IAMSLIC libraries.


Assane Fall. The role of marine Libraries in ODINAFRICA: Contributions to the development of oceanographic research in Africa – the case of researchers.

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.


Coffi Ferdinando Rock Gbedo. Access to marine and aquatic sciences information in the Benin Republic.

Information production in our societies is getting more and more breathtaking. In Benin Republic, Marine and aquatic information is produced by many organizations such as the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery, Institut de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques du Bénin (IRHOB), Faculty of Sciences and Technic of Abomey-Calavi University, etc. It is clear that the functioning of those institutions will be affected by diverse types of information. What do we do to meet the growing information needs of these users? This paper lays emphasis on tactics used by the library of Benin Institute for Halieutic and Oceanographic Research (IRHOB) not only in following the national rhythm of information production in the field but also in providing its users with the appropriate information.


Andreas HLT Hainghumbi. Namibia Marine Data Collection.

The paper will give an overview regarding to how the National Marine Information Research Centre (NatMIRC) collects its data’s and the functions of such data’s. This will include 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.


Arame Ndiaye Keita. Development and Introducing to the new website project of the Regional Group of IAMSLIC for Africa- AFRIAMSLIC.

AFRIAMSLIC is the regional group of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) for Africa. IAMSLIC provides a forum for sharing ideas and resources within the various aquatic and marine science disciplines. IAMSLIC has six regional groups: AFRIAMLIC, Cyamus, EURASLIC, Grupo Regional Latino Americano, Pacific Islands, and SAIL. AFRIAMSLIC aims to exchange and explore ideas and issues of mutual concern through cooperation within Africa and to build strong links with other national, regional and international aquatic and marine science libraries and information networks. To enhance communication and resources sharing among members of the group and increase better access to information resources, an AFRIAMSLIC website will be developed under WordPress and hosted by IAMSLIC. The basic framework of the website is already created. The next steps will be the configuration and customization of the site as well as adding new content. The paper will report on the success and the challenges in the development of the website.


Mary Markland, David Baca, Kristen LaBonte, Angela Clark-Hughes. From Drips to Tsunamis: Planning for Disasters in Your Library.

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 a disaster along with librarians 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.


Cheikh Ibrahima Sakho. Inside the scientific paper.

Résumé Français: Le chercheur a une relation “charnelle” avec la publication scientifique. C’est en effet à travers l’article qu’il communique ses résultats et c’est à travers son écrit qu’il est évalué et l’évolution de sa carrière en dépend profondément.Jadis un simple vecteur de transmission des résultats, la publication scientifique devient progressivement un outil d’évaluation individuelle et collective des scientifiques et des institutions qui les emploient avant de se transformer au début du siècle dernier en de véritables modèles économiques en pleine transition. Cette présentation analyse les dessous de la communication scientifique.

“The researcher has a “carnal” relation with the scientific publication. It is indeed through the article that he communicates his results and it is through his paper that he is estimated and the progression of his career depends upon profoundly. Formerly a simple vector of transmission of the knowledge, the scientific publication becomes gradually an individual and collective evaluation tool of the scientist and their institutions, before being transformed, at the beginning of the last century, into real economic models in full transition. This presentation analyzes the bottoms of scientific communication.”


Geoffrey Salanje. Strategies for Providing Access to Information no Matter the Location, Technological Access, and Patron: A Case for Malawi.

Malawi has a number of researchers located in various scientific institutions throughout the country who use information available in different formats. Apart from these researchers, the country has also scholars, policymakers, teachers, extension workers and farmers who seek 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 information involve a number of players such as librarians, communication and information experts and broadcasters. Access to the information must be timely and in the right format considering that there is now advanced technology. The paper, therefore, talks of the various ways of accessing relevant information in 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.


Ian Stewart. Inter-Research Presentation and Open Forum

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.


Sally Taylor, Wenjing Dong, Heike Lust, Saida Messaoudi, Pauline Simpson, Aida Sogaray, Jennifer Walton. IODE Associate Information Units: A new opportunity for marine information managers to participate at the global level.

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, programs, 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. Representatives 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. They will review the Terms of Reference, outline the benefits, describe the application process, and share progress-to-date.