“Living on the Edge”

45th International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) Annual Conference and 29th SAIL Regional Meeting
20-25 October 2019
Port Aransas, Texas, USA

The planning committee of the 45th Annual Conference of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) invites you to join us in Port Aransas, Texas on 20-25 October 2019 in conjunction with the SAIL Regional Group Meeting.

Please consider submitting a conference proposal and sharing your knowledge with your colleagues. 

The overall conference theme is Living on the Edge. Like Texas, IAMSLIC is also composed of diverse members who are either living ordinary lives in rather extraordinary circumstances or coping with unique situations at libraries and information centers. When we meet at conferences, or via listserv and web meetings, IAMSLIC helps to serve as a melting pot; a space where mixtures and exchanges of library practices, experiences, culture, and philosophies are shared among our members.

Sharing our success, failures, challenges, and strategies make up the story and history of IAMSLIC. We share a rich hybrid culture. We have members leading libraries or information centers in extreme, poor or sad situations- in a disaster risk area, in conflict areas, and with bleak funding prospects or reduced budgets, among other examples. We are constantly bombarded with issues on increasing subscription costs, mergers or closures, succession planning, and devaluing of libraries. In short, librarians and information staff live on the edge. We have an adventurous or perilous lifestyle in our mission to develop an informed and literate society. Yet despite these situations, at the end of the day, we THRIVE!

This year we are looking for your contributions and insights on examples of both living on the edge and thriving at aquatic and marine science libraries and information centers. We would like to hear your coping mechanisms including strategies, innovations, and best practices. At the end of the conference, the participants should be able to gain insights on sharing and managing aquatic and marine science data, information and knowledge and its retrieval, renewal, and use. The conference aims to be a venue for discussion on how we are adopting, negotiating, repelling, embracing, and developing strategies to provide the best information services within the context of constantly changing information formats, while also expanding information to a global and diverse consumer base. And what does it mean to live on the edge – of water, of a continent, or in the path of danger?

We hope that you will find this conference rewarding, informative and fun. We are excited to meet new friends, learn new cultures and have a great time. IAMSLIC is a unique organization and we want to inspire you in your career, in your workplace, and with your IAMSLIC family. Enjoy!

Stephen Alayon, Conference Planning Committee Chair (IAMSLIC President-elect)
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Aquaculture Department Library (Iloilo, Philippines)

Liz DeHart, Local Conference Committee Chair & Host, 
The University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute, Marine Science Library (Texas, USA)

Hannah Roberts, Grants and Conferences Program Officer
The University of Texas at Austin Libraries (Texas, USA)
h. roberts@austin.utexas.edu

David Baca, IAMSLIC Past President
Texas A&M University at Galveston (Texas, USA)

Jeanine Scaramozzino, IAMSLIC President 2018-2019
Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic University, (California, USA)

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The International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) is an association of individuals and organizations interested in library and information science, especially as these are applied to the recording, retrieval, and dissemination of knowledge and information in all aspects of aquatic and marine sciences and their allied disciplines. The association provides a forum for exchange and exploration of ideas and issues of mutual concern.

IAMSLIC is grateful to our Sponsors and Hosts:

The University of Texas - Marine Science Institute
The University of Texas at Austin - University of Texas Libraries
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ProQuest logo
Mission-Aransas - National Estuarine Research Reserve Association
Texas A & M University Corpus Christi - Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies logo
Port Aransas Independent School District Logo