In the search for new updates on library and data banking services, AQD librarian Mr. Stephen Alayon attended two international library conferences.
First stop is Singapore for the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) world Library and information congress from 17 to 23 August. The congress focused on the merging of libraries and modern technologies to make acquisition of information easy.
The second stop is in Florida, USA for the IAMSLIC annual conference and SAIL meeting from 20 to 24 October. IAMSLIC and SAIL are International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries & Information Centers and Southeastern Association of IAMSLIC Libraries. Information professionals were updated with the changes happening in libraries such as new technologies, growing user expectations, mergers in the publishing world, and re-purposing of library space.
Mr. Alayon and 20 other volunteers joined the first-ever work-party for Aquatic Commons, a digital repository covering natural marine/estuarine/brackish/freshwater environments ran by the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute in Texas. The repository provides visibility, usage and impact through global access to digital publications for organizations that do not have institutional repositories of their own.