2018 IAMSLIC Conference Proceedings

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Transforming the Global Information Landscape

44th IAMSLIC Annual Conference: Entebbe, Uganda, October 21-25, 2018

Conference Convener & Chair: Jeanine Scaramozzino

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  • Article
    From Drips to Tsunamis: Planning for Disasters in Your Library
    ( 2019-03-15) Baca, Dave ; Markland, Mary ; LaBonte, Kristen ; Clark-Hughes, Angela
    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 included librarians who have survived disasters along with others who live in potentially hazardous areas. We discussed disaster plans from a number of institutions of different sizes, collections and budgets as well as providing some best practices and resources for creating or updating your own plan.
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    IODE Associate Information Units : A New Opportunity for Marine Information Managers to Participate at the Global Level
    ( 2019-03-15) Joint IODE-IAMSLIC Group of Experts in Marine Information Management in a Transitional Capacity ; Taylor, Sally ; Dong, Wenjing ; Lust, Heike ; Messaoudi, Saida ; Simpson, Pauline ; Sogaray, Aida ; Walton, Jennifer
    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, presented this new opportunity to conference attendees. She outlined the benefits, reviewed the Terms of Reference, described the application process, and shared progress-to-date. For anyone wishing to apply, the AIU application form is available at: http://www.iode.org/aiu
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    Strategies for Providing Access to Information No Matter the Location, Technological Access, and Patron: A case for Malawi
    ( 2019-03-15) Salanje, Geoffrey Francis
    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, policy makers, 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.
  • Article
    Inside the Scientific Paper
    ( 2019-03-15) Sakho, Cheikh Ibrahim
    In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly officially established the Technology Bank Project aimed at supporting and strengthening Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) in selected Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The focus area of the project was to promote digital access to research and technology in LDCs. Working in partnership with research4life, a partnership of 5 UN agencies (WHO, FAO, WIPO, ILO, UNEP), highly rated science publishers, Cornell and Yale Universities, that have been providing free access to global academic research through the five research4life programmes, as well as in collaboration with the Uganda Focal Persons, the Technology Bank aims to achieve its objective. The DAR (Digital Access to Resources) activities of the Technology Bank started in September 2018, in Uganda. The activities were then officially launched in a workshop at Uganda Christian University (UCU) on the 7th of November 2018. Subsequent activities and workshops were held in which the project reached out to many researchers and institutions. This paper, therefore, presents a summary of DAR activities and their spread within the country until December 2018.
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    Digital Access to Research: Prospects of the Technology Bank Project of the United Nations
    ( 2019-03-15) Mulumba, Onan ; Kobusingye, Caroline ; Mawire, Blessing
    In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly officially established the Technology Bank Project aimed at supporting and strengthening Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) in selected Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The focus area of the project was to promote digital access to research and technology in LDCs. Working in partnership with research4life, a partnership of 5 UN agencies (WHO, FAO, WIPO, ILO, UNEP), highly rated science publishers, Cornell and Yale Universities, that have been providing free access to global academic research through the five research4life programmes, as well as in collaboration with the Uganda Focal Persons, the Technology Bank aims to achieve its objective. The DAR (Digital Access to Resources) activities of the Technology Bank started in September 2018, in Uganda. The activities were then officially launched in a workshop at Uganda Christian University (UCU) on the 7th of November 2018. Subsequent activities and workshops were held in which the project reached out to many researchers and institutions. This paper, therefore, presents a summary of DAR activities and their spread within the country until December 2018.
  • Article
    Development and Introduction to the New Website Project of the Regional Group of IAMSLIC for Africa - AFRIAMSLIC
    ( 2019-03-15) Keita, Arame Ndiaye
    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 Latinoamericano, 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 addition of new contents. The paper will report on the success and the challenges in the development of the website. The IAMSLIC conference in UGANDA in October 2018 will be used as an opportunity to introduce the new website.
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    Namibia Marine Data Collection
    ( 2019-03-15) Hainghumbi, Andreas H.L.T.
    The paper gave an overview of how the National Marine Information Research Centre (NatMIRC) collects its data and the functions of such data. This included brief descriptions of data collecting techniques used or applied by NatMIRC scientists and the processes involved in transforming such data into information, and the functions and roles of such information thereafter.
  • Article
    Access to Marine and Aquatic Sciences Information in Benin Republic
    ( 2019-03-15) Gbedo, Coffi Ferdinando Rock
    Information production in our societies is getting more and more expansive. In Benin Republic, marine and aquatic information is produced by many organizations such as Benin Fisheries and Oceanologic Research Institute (IRHOB), Fishery Production Office, Cotonou Port Authority, some laboratories of Abomey-Calavi University, etc. Many of these institutions are working at the national level. The ODINAFRICA program national network was created on the lead of IRHOB. This network is still working today. With the functioning of these institutions, it is clear that a lot of information is being collected on different topics within the domain. All coastal and marine information is being sharing through this network and among all stakeholder and policy decision makers. Regarding the growing information needs of actors in the domain, what do we do to meet the needs of each information seeker? This paper describes tactics used by the library of Benin Institute for Halieutic and Oceanographic Research (IRHOB) not only to follow the national rhythm of information production in the field but also to provide its users with the appropriate information. A lot of information can be found on IRHOB’s website: www.nodc-benin.org
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    Contributions of Marine Libraries in ODINAFRICA to Oceanogrphic Research: IMROP Researchers
    ( 2019-03-15) Fall, Assane Deda
    In marine information management, THE ODINAFRICA project participated in training 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. 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. NODC of Mauritania was established in 2001 under the responsibility of the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanographic Research and Fisheries (IMROP). IMROP has developed several products and services such as ODINAFRICA NODC, 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. This paper discusses the project’s achievements. A questionnaire was administered to 20 IMROP researchers about their use of products and services and to plan for the maintenance of the various services and databases.
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    Nationwide “Publish and Read” Agreements with Publishers : The German Projekt DEAL
    ( 2019-03-15) Diehr, Olivia Karin ; Heene, CHristian
    The Projekt DEAL is a consortium of German libraries, universities, and research institutions which 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 researchers from German institutions 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 explain the recent developments and open access initiatives, and discuss whether DEAL could be a model for other IAMSLIC libraries.
  • Article
    Analysis of the Documentary Information of Scientific and Technical Research of the Moroccan Marine Environment
    ( 2019-03-15) Bazi, Bouchra ; Houssa, Rachida
    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.
  • Article
    Succession Planning in IAMSLIC and in Aquatic and Marine Libraries
    ( 2019-03-15) Alayon, Stephen
    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.
  • Book
    IAMSLIC Conference Proceedings 2018
    ( 2019-03-11) Barr, Dorothy
    Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the International Marine and Aquatic Sciences and Information Centers (IAMSLIC), held in Entebbe Uganda From 21-25 October 2018. The papers presented covered marine and aquatic sciences, fisheries, information needs, and library resources and innovations. Presenters were from multiple countries.