MBLWHOI Library Directors Attend First Virtual IAMSLIC Conference

Co-Directors Jen Walton and Lisa Raymond attended the 46th IAMSLIC Annual Conference last week.  The International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers was started in Woods Hole in 1975 as an east coast marine science library organization.  It has grown into an international organization of librarians and information professionals involved in all aspects of aquatic and marine sciences and their allied disciplines.

The meeting had 122 registrants and there appeared to be between 60 and 70 people online at any given time between 8:30am and 8:30PM EDT.

Some highlights: ASFA (Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts)  at 50 and an introduction of new product for 2021, OpenASFA.  A great archival project scanning old Irish fisheries publications, making them available in an Institutional Repository and also using data derived from the works to create a timeline and other tools.  Other session topics included information literacy, preprint servers and copyright, telling science stories with metrics, negotiating with a small society to get access to ebooks, and data management services.  There were also regional group panels that shared information on services provided during the pandemic.  Virtual tours of the University of Southern Mississippi Marine Education Center and from New Zealand, the NIWA Invertebrate Collection happened on Wednesday afternoon. The organizers were creative and included tools to engage the attendees including polls, breakout rooms, and jamboards. It was a very successful virtual conference.