2019 IAMSLIC Conference Proceedings

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Living on the Edge

45th IAMSLIC Annual Conference: Port Aransas, Texas, USA, October 20-25, 2019

Conference Convener & Chair: Stephen Alayon

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  • Article
    A Small Library That Could
    ( 2021-02-16) Kopytova, O. Yu ; Baiandin, A. S.
    The scientific library of A. O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas of RAS has a very interesting history, like the Institute itself. Formed in 1871, The library went through a number of ups and down but always recovered. Today it is flourishing and has plans for even more innovations.
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    "Learning Chests" ALFIN Strategies to Promote the Sustainability of the coastal Line from La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
    ( 2020-01-17) Barriga Ramirez, Teresa ; Galindo, Jose Ortiz ; Perez Rojas, Laura Margarita
    The intention of the project is to raise awareness among the children and youth of the city of La Paz about the environment. This was possible through the implementation of exploratory and simulated practices with respect to the habitat and the biological information on aquatic and coastal species of ecological importance that are distributed along the Gulf of California and the adjacent coastal zone. The target population was children and youth from the city of La Paz, Baja California Sur that attend municipality organized pro-science events. The selection of species with any status of protection was made according to existing wildlife, belonging to the vertebrate groups from the NOM 059-ECOL-2010. Information collected related to the bibliography of each and every one of the selected species and the elaboration of the registries, and the visual and tactile components can be found in special containers called “Learning Chests.” A total of 162 species and subspecies were selected: 24 fishes; 4 amphibians; 32 reptiles; 56 birds, and 46 mammals. At the moment, the first “Learning Chests” have been equipped for the Californian Least Tern (Sternula antillarum browni), a subspecies of the non-endemic coastal bird which is subject to special protection. The actions taken during the various stages of the project provided an opportunity for librarians to present skills for communication and information management within the educational context, and to promote knowledge of the participating groups through these important interactive activities.
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    Posters
    ( 2020-01-17)
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    2019 IODE Update: AIUs, ODISCat, OceanDocs
    ( 2020-01-17) Walton, Jennifer ; Sogaray, Aida ; Messaoudi, Saida ; Raymond, Lisa ; Simpson, Pauline
    This presentation gives an overview of current IODE projects that intersect with IAMSLIC interests. This includes an update on the Associated Data Units program for eligible Library and Information Centers.
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    The Future of Aquatic Commons: Recommendations Based on an Evaluation of Business Models and Stakeholder Consultation
    ( 2020-01-17) Taylor, Sally ; Alayon, Stephen B. ; Catic, Ingrid ; Clark-Hughes, Angela ; Kalentsits, Maria ; Raymond, Lisa ; Whitmire, Amanda
    Aquatic Commons is a digital repository established by the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) in 2007 to provide a solution for member institutions that didn’t have an institutional repository. It is directed by the Aquatic Commons Board, and submissions are reviewed by an editorial team. Originally hosted by the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA), the repository was moved to the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) in 2011 when FCLA faced major budgetary issues. Aquatic Commons has grown to more than 20,000 publications from over 90 institutions in all areas of the aquatic sciences, including freshwater, fisheries, and oceanography, yet support for the repository has not kept pace with developmental needs. To ensure a sustainable future, the Aquatic Commons Board determined it was necessary to conduct an evaluation and created the Aquatic Commons Evaluation (ACE) team. The team identified and compared four potential business models: 1a) maintain Aquatic Commons as a separate repository but upgrade the EPrints software; 1b) maintain Aquatic Commons as a separate repository but migrate to DSpace software; 2) migrate content to the existing IODE OceanDocs repository but retain Aquatic Commons identity by having a separate DSpace community; and 3) partner with IODE and possibly the Aquatic Science and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) to create an entirely new repository with content merged from Aquatic Commons and OceanDocs. The team consulted with potential partners (e.g. ASFA and IODE) and ran a survey to elicit feedback from members, depositors, and other stakeholders about the models, addressing issues of thematic scope, branding, software, technical requirements, workflows, and training. At the 2019 conference, the team presented a recommendation based on the evaluation in order to initiate a roadmap for the Aquatic Commons.
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    Discussion Notes on End-of-Career and End-of-Project Research Collections and Relative Merits of Journal Articles, In-house Publications, and “Grey” Literature
    ( 2020-01-17) Scaramozzino, Jeanine M.
    During the opening session of the 45th IAMSLIC meeting in Port Aransas, Texas, Jeff Paine of the Bureau of Economic Geology (geoscience research unit and geological survey of Texas) asked the more than 40 assembled marine science librarians to (1) suggest general steps that would facilitate archiving, retaining, and accessing materials at end-of-career and end-of-project stages (a major issue at many research institutions across the sciences), and (2) comment on the relative merit of peer-reviewed journal articles and in-house research entity publications.
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    Our Waters, Our Life. The Role of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) Library in the Collection, Storage and Dissemination of Environmental Information for the Conservation of Lake Victoria in Uganda
    ( 2020-01-17) Wamala Dorcus Mutongole, Eva
    Uganda is located in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. With a total area of 241,550.7 km2, open water covers 36,527.4 km2 (15.3%), wetlands 4,500 km2 (1.9%) and land 200,523.2 km2 (83%). Uganda’s water resources have large storage capacity in lakes and rivers some of which include Lakes Victoria, Kyoga, Albert, George and, Edward and rivers include The Nile, Semliki, Kafu, among others. For centuries, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) along the lake shores, riverbanks and wetlands have been engaged in conservation activities to conserve these resources. However, recent developments have led to environmental degradation along the shores. The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has since its inception in 1995 been promoting sound environmental management for sustainable development through collection, processing, storing and disseminating environment information to the public, with particular attention on the protection, conservation and management of lake shores and riverbanks, especially in the Lake Victoria region. NEMA Librarians and other staff have been engaged in baseline surveys, reconnaissance visits, community meetings, and transect walks among other activities to collect information and develop educational materials. Collaborative efforts to improve community livelihoods are emphasized. Monitoring progress is done through media platforms, assessment meetings and observation visits to ensure improved service delivery and identifying gaps in information dissemination.
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    Holding Our Ground at the Edge: Influencing Perceptions of Library Value
    ( 2020-01-17) Timms, Geoffrey P.
    Who judges the value of our libraries? Administrators look at costs and benefits, so librarians generate reports about the use of library spaces, resources, and services to demonstrate return on investment. But potential library users simply decide if we can satisfy their needs. Some people form a judgment based upon an initial perception or brief encounter, some hold fleeting opinions, and others become entrenched in a specific perspective – sometimes for years. A perception may be opposite to reality, but it is owned by the perceiver. Influencing perceptions is a strategy that can support the success of a library. If researchers do not perceive that the library can help them achieve their goals, they will not use it; if administrators perceive that the library is not supporting the institutional mission, they will not fund it. Managing a library in which perceived value is struggling is challenging, especially for a solo librarian who recognizes that “I am the library, the library is me, and as such we are both judged.” Strategies to create positive perceptions include demonstrating commitment and relevance, which are often necessary to establish recognition of value. Perceptions may be formed at orientation and they can be made or unmade in a passing conversation with an administrator. Here we explore some strategies used at the Marine Resources Library in Charleston, South Carolina to demonstrate relevance and commitment, and to create a positive perception of the library’s worth to graduate students, professional researchers, and administrators.
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    Pawikan on FB: Facebook as a Source of Information on the Current State of Sea Turtles in the Philippines with an Emphasis on Mortality
    ( 2020-01-17) Superio, Daryl L. ; Luceno, Myrna T. ; Bendalian, Maria Venessa T. ; Yap-Zerudo, Anna May A. ; Ciriaco, Joel A. ; Estante-Superio, Erish G.
    Sea turtles or “pawikan” are threatened and protected species in the Philippines. In fact, since 1979, the Philippine government has enacted several laws and policies and implemented programs for the conservation of the five of the seven species of sea turtles that could be found in the Philippines. However, reports on poaching, egg collecting, stranding, by-catch, and even slaughtering of sea turtles become more evident than ever, especially on social media (SM) despite these efforts. SM has proven to be one of the most effective platforms for information sharing as anyone who has an account, and an internet connection could easily share information. This study will present data on the threats facing sea turtles in the Philippines by analyzing Facebook (FB) posts of organizations, communities, and individuals about sea turtles from 2008-2019. Only posts that contain visual evidence such as photos and/or videos will be considered. Information on the species, location, and status of the sea turtles will be provided. Moreover, the mortality causes for dead specimens will also be presented. Furthermore, to determine the awareness of the public on the status of sea turtles as threatened and protected species, sentiment analysis will be done to the reactions, comments, and opinions on every post that will be considered in the study.
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    Workshops That Work
    ( 2020-01-17) Shaw, Joyce M. ; Zelner, Tisha ; Stanfield, Jamie ; Easterday, Justin
    Offering meaningful library workshops that educate and promote academic success is an ongoing challenge. From basic library instruction for undergraduates to immersion seminars with an emphasis on skills for graduate students and early career scientists, three libraries work together to present informal educational opportunities that address specific needs at three very different campuses of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). The Gunter Library at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory campus focuses on skills needed by graduate students and early career scientists. Cook Library at the main campus in Hattiesburg emphasizes undergraduate instruction and faculty professional development. The Gulf Coast Library at Gulf Park in Long Beach partners with the Academic Success Center to serve a constituency of non-traditional students at a commuter campus. This presentation looks at how these different approaches work to provide instruction and support for academic success at each site.
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    Keynote Presentations
    ( 2020-01-17)
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    Ensuring the Legacy Data for the Southern Right Whale is FAIR
    ( 2020-01-17) Nesdill, Daureen
    Worldwide the push is for research data to become FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. So what about legacy data? Vicki Rowntree, a Research Professor at the University of Utah, has been collecting behavioral and biological data of the Patagonia southern right whale since 1971 on over 3,000 individual whales. The dataset consists of over 84,000 slides of these whales for identification purposes, hand-drawn maps and a room full of file cabinets containing hand-written data sheets. Yes, she went digital when the world did and now has an out-of-date Microsoft Access database to add to the analog data. Other researchers have also been collecting longitudinal data on the southern right whale, Eubalaena australis, in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil and South Africa. Obviously, the data were not collected and described following any standard procedure. Here at the University of Utah we are working towards bringing all the research together by hosting and standardizing the datasets. We will, in part, use some of the standardization procedure of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) to facilitate adding location data to their database. We are proposing to build a Web platform for accessing the data and tools to evaluate and analyze the data. This talk will be about our work and the Patagonia Right Whale.
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    ASFA: Back from the Edge and Moving towards a New Horizon
    ( 2020-01-15) Kalentsits, Maria
    Since its establishment in 1971, ASFA has steadily grown its partnerships and database, paying increasing attention to developing countries’ needs. However, its technologies and partnership model have failed to keep pace with modern developments. In order to address this, the FAO ASFA Secretariat has decided to implement a new Business Model by 2023, and will work with its stakeholders, including the Impact and Strategies Working Group and Strategic Advisory Group, to ensure ASFA remains a valued information product. The new business model will ensure ASFA meets FAO strategic objectives and wider goals of increasing access and dissemination of aquatic sciences and fisheries information. Several analyses have been performed by the ASFA Secretariat and others, which have informed ASFA’s direction. Work has already progressed on a number of areas that will be discussed in this presentation, specifically: ASFA technologies (new input software; online controlled vocabulary); ASFA collaborations (partnering with FAO departments and projects as well as external collaborations); and ASFA partnership model (a new Publishing Agreement with increased access for institutions in developing countries). However, a number of areas of work are to be determined, one of them being the MOU between FAO and IAMSLIC. Updating the MOU could lead to better collaboration between IAMSLIC and ASFA, in line with FAO goals, especially in the area of digital preservation.