2021 IAMSLIC Conference Proceedings

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All papers are from IAMSLIC Conference Proceedings 2021:

Libraries Supporting Our Ocean: Sustaining and preserving our shared ocean for our shared future: proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC).

47th Annual Conference of IAMSLIC held 12-14 October, 2021 Virtually via Galway, Ireland.

Conference organizer: Angela Clark-Hughes

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  • Book chapter
    Microplastic Pollution in the Library! A Collaborative Investigation into the Curious Case of a Crumbling Waterproof Field Guide
    ( 2022-04-04) Timms, Geoffrey P.
    Synthetic paper is waterproof and durable, but the discovery of the crumbling synthetic paper pages of a 37-year-old waterproof library monograph raised concern both about its longevity and its potential to contribute to environmental pollution. The page substrate was identified as polypropylene, a polymer known to deteriorate over time and still widely used today. I alerted and surveyed libraries holding waterproof copies of the field guide and determined that over 50% of library copies have deteriorated, but at different rates. Statistically, the number of circulations is not a significant factor in predicting the extent of deterioration, suggesting that ambient environmental conditions and chemical transformations of the polymer are the leading initiators of the deterioration observed. While the specific phenomenon observed with this one book may be a relatively rare occurrence, the collection management implications of plastic materials found within library collections are also discussed.
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    Online information Systems as Key Sources of Reliable Scientific Resources: The Case of Benin Fishery and Aquatic Scientists
    ( 2022-04-04) Gbedo, Coffi Ferdinando Rock
    With the growth of information technologies, researcher’s ways to access information have undergone significant changes. From traditional physical libraries, almost everyone turns to all the possibilities offered by information technologies to meet their needs. These include digital libraries, research engines, databases, etc. In face of this rising situation, an important question dwells and pertains to the quality of data retrieved from those information systems and how users are satisfied with them. This study was conducted with Benin’s researchers (students in master, PhD students, lecturers and researchers) in the fields of aquatic and marine sciences through interview or survey. This data collection process enabled us to understand the role of online information systems in accessing trustworthy information resources in the field of aquatic and marine sciences in Benin.
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    2021 IAMSLIC Conference Proceedings
    ( 2022-04-04) Barr, Dorothy Editor
    Proceedings from the 47th Annual Conference of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC), and the 19th EURASLIC Regional Meeting. The conference was based in Galway Ireland and held virtually.
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