Online Resources


The International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) is an association of individuals and organizations interested in aquatic and marine information science. The association provides a forum for exchange and exploration of ideas and issues of mutual concern.

Cyamus is the regional group of IAMSLIC that encompasses the West Coast of North America and Hawaii; including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and Baja California. Members represent academic, governmental and private institutions concerned with the marine and aquatic environments.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users

Special Libraries Association, (SLA) is the global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners that promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives.


OceanExpert is a database, developed and maintained by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), of UNESCO containing information on individuals and institutions involved in all aspects of marine or freshwater research and management.

Grants and Funding

IAMSLIC will support projects related to its purpose through small grants ($200-$2000) to its regional groups and members. Projects should address a clear need and involve partnerships at various levels.

GRANTS.GOV is an internet grants management portal serving the grantee organization community.

The E-Bulletin provides all information related to grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.

National Endowment for the Arts: Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts, and nationally significant historic structures and sites. Intellectual and cultural artifacts include artifacts, collections, documents, monuments and works of art. Historic structures and sites include historic districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects.

In recognition of the importance of research to the advancement of librarianship and information science, OCLC and ALISE promote independent research that helps librarians integrate new technologies into areas of traditional competence and contributes to a better understanding of the library environment.


The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment – air, water, and land – upon which life depends.

The Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO) has a mandate to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living, to improve agricultural productivity, and to better the condition of rural populations. FAO is one of the largest specialized agencies in the United Nations system. It is the lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development.

The work of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), over the three decades since its inception, has focused on promoting marine scientific investigations and related ocean services, with a view to learning more about the nature and resources of the oceans. This has laid the foundation towards an expanded role of the IOC in meeting new challenges.

The National Coral Reef Institute, (NCRI) was established by Congressional mandate in 1998. NCRI’s primary objective is the assessment, monitoring, and restoration of coral reefs through basic and applied research and through training and education. NCRI operates at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center near Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The National Sea Grant Program encourages the wise stewardship of our marine resources through research, education, outreach and technology transfer. Sea Grant is a partnership between the nation’s universities and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) mission is to describe and predict changes in the earth’s environment, and conserve and wisely manage the nation’s coastal and marine resources

The mission of the Tropical Prediction Center (TPC) is to save lives and protect property by issuing watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyses of hazardous weather conditions in the tropics. TPC products are generated for use in both the domestic and international communities.


AlgaeBase provides free access over the internet to information on the algae of the world and includes terrestrial, marine, and freshwater forms.

INTUTE is a free online service providing the user with access to the very best web resources for education and research in the fields of health and life sciences. All resources are evaluated and selected by subject specialists.

The Catalog of Fishes Online is the online version of William Eschmeyer’s The Catalog of Fishes.

FishBase is a searchable global information system with all you ever wanted to know about practically all fish species known to science.

LarvalBase is a comprehensive information system on fish larvae that are relevant in the field of fisheries research and finfish aquaculture, combining traditional sources such as primary and “grey” literature.

NASA’s Global Change Master Directory (GCMD), a directory of earth science data on the web, provides descriptions of Earth science data sets and services relevant to global change research. The GCMD database includes descriptions of data sets covering agriculture, the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and oceans, snow and ice, geology and geophysics, paleoclimatology, and human dimensions of global change.

ReefBase is an online information system on coral reefs, and was designed to provide relevant data and information to reef managers and scientists, as well as the general public.

Species 2000 has the objective of enumerating all known species of organisms on Earth (animals, plants, fungi, and microbes) as the baseline data set for studies of global biodiversity.

WINDandSEA, the Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences Internet Locator, has over 1,000 selected links to science and policy sites organized by topic and alphabetically within topic. All of these sites have been reviewed and annotated by a technical information specialist of the NOAA Central Library staff.

Technical Resources

AcqWeb is a web site providing links to information and resources of interest to librarians with acquisitions or collection development responsibilities. The scope is international.

The Cataloger’s Reference Shelf web site provides a wide variety of resources for the cataloger including MARC Data Formats, MARC Code Lists, Other Reference Manuals, and Subject Cataloging Manuals.

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery dPlan: The Online Disaster-Planning Tool is a free Web-based fill-in-the-blank program for writing institutional disaster plans. It was created, tested, and refined by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

“Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright” is a web document prepared by the CENDI Copyright Task Group to educate librarians, information center staff, publications staff, and authors in U.S. federal agencies about copyrights.

ShareILL (pronounced “cheryl”) is a web-based gateway to electronic and print resources relating to all aspects of interlibrary loan (ILL), document delivery, and resource sharing. Intended to be comprehensive and international in scope, it features links provided by registered users to resources that will help practitioners locate materials for their customer base, manage the ILL/Document Delivery/Resource Sharing process, and keep up with developments in the profession. ShareILL, in its current format as a wiki, launched on June 15, 2007 and replaced ILL Web.

The NOAA Photo Library collection spans centuries of time and much of the natural world from the center of the earth to the surface of the sun. Although at present, no fee is charged for using the photos, credit MUST be given to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce unless otherwise instructed to give credit to the photographer or other source.

The Library of Congress web site provides access to the collections, the publications, and technical resources available at the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress Classification Outline web site provides the letters and titles of the main classes of the Library of Congress Classification and an outline of its subclasses.

The Library Law web site is a portal to valuable web resources covering legal issues related to libraries including copyright, licensing electronic information, and more.

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