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IAMSLIC Regional Group: Africa


to the website of the African Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (AFRIAMSLIC). This association  brings together individuals and organizations having an interest in library and information science, especially as these are applied to the recording, retrieval and dissemination of knowledge and information in all aspects of aquatic and marine sciences and their allied disciplines.


47th IAMSLIC/EURASLIC 2021 Conference :

The theme of IAMSLIC 2021 Conference is Libraries Supporting Our Ocean: Sustaining and preserving our shared ocean for our shared future. It will be hosted online by EURASLIC and the Marine Institute, in Galway, Ireland on the 12-14October 2021 from 10:30 am until 5:30 pm (GMT). To register go to this link.

ASFA celebrates its 50th anniversary

ASFA (Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts) currently contains more than 2,500,000 bibliographic references to the world's aquatic science literature accessioned since 1971. ASFA is developed through a global partnership of 4 UN co-sponsoring partners (including IOC), 10 international partners, 51 national partners and 28 ASFA associates (see more on this link). A new era of ASFA is starting in 2021 with the "birth" of OpenASFA. OpenASFA will make all "grey literature" records available on a "free and open" basis. This will be done, inter alia, through the IODE/IAMSLIC AquaDocs repository.

In loving memory of our colleague, Geoffrey Salanje

Our colleague, Geoffrey Salanje, passed August 27, 2021. He served the President of the AFRIAMSLIC from December 2020 until his passing. Geoffrey was a librarian inLilongwe of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)" in Malawi. He was closely involved in IAMSLIC (since 2003). For over 18 years Geoffrey has been a respected member of the IAMSLIC family. But he will also be remembered for being a kind and warm person and we have all been fortunate to know him. We will always remember Geoffrey as a warm hearted man and he will be dearly missed. May the almighty God Rest His Soul in Eternal Peace.

AquaDocs Launch

is a new joint open access repository of the UNESCO/IOC International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) and the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC) with support from the FAO Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA). AquaDocs will benefit research communities and society at large by:

  • making aquatic and marine science information FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)

  • offering a repository platform to organizations and individuals without the infrastructure to support their own

  • providing a capacity development opportunity for the IODE and IAMSLIC communities

AquaDocs has been created by merging content from OceanDocs (IODE) and Aquatic Commons (IAMSLIC), two existing repositories with similar foci and overlapping user communities. By combining efforts to fund and operate one repository, AquaDocs offers a more streamlined and sustainable solution. If you are interested in depositing publications into AquaDocs or have other questions about the new repository, please email.

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